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Crow’s Nest: Camp 2016 Week One

July 7, 2016

By Daniel Barringer, Preserve Manager

We have a week off from camp due to the short week of Independence Day but last week we had a great first week of 5th-6th camp! The theme—the Sun—was picked up in some of the crafts and projects. Below, making paper mache planets for the solar system in the barn.

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Building Stewardship Staff loaned us (and set up) their scaffolding in the woods to make a community space in the tree canopy. The kids built this into spaces for their activities this week:

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Then we ran a small zip line through the trees:

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Other projects included making solar ovens with pizza boxes (great for making nachos) and small group hikes covering various topics. The Crow’s Nest Challenge Hike used a three-mile hike from top to bottom on the preserve to represent the solar system with scale-relative edible treats at their appropriate orbits.

A special project was making and deploying “seed balls”—small balls of clay, compost, and native wildflower seed—lofted into the meadows using a giant slingshot. We hope that this will augment the pollinator species there with a mosaic of wildflowers.

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