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Crow’s Nest Camp 2018: Week One

June 30, 2018

By Daniel Barringer, Preserve Manager.

Photo: Daniel Barringer

Our first week of summer camp has come to a close. The 5th & 6th graders met new friends and old as they explored the preserve.

Photo: Daniel Barringer

This is the age where they complete the Crow’s Nest Challenge Hike: the haywagon drops them off at the northern tip of the preserve and they follow a series of clues that leads them to the southern end, a meandering path that totals about four miles.

Photo: Daniel Barringer

Small group hikes allow for more a more introspective look at the preserve and how it is managed. The theme at camp this year is mapping, and kids mapped the preserve from plants in small plots to painting a paper mâché map of the whole preserve that takes up a whole bay of the barn.

Photo: Daniel Barringer

But camp is also about free play time in the woods and the creek. The kids take rope, swings and tarps into the woods and play there during the week, cleaning everything up on the last day.

Photo: Daniel Barringer

The kids also got their first look at the new play area, trying out the new balance beam and turning the log cabin into… a fast food drive-thru. We hope you all have a great rest of the summer—see you in the fall!

Photo: Daniel Barringer

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