Crow’s Nest Camp Week One 2023
By Daniel Barringer, Preserve Manager.
Last week we had an enthusiastic bunch of 6th graders attend camp at Crow’s Nest Preserve. This is the start of a summer-long program we hold for kids entering 1st through 8th grades with a planned curriculum at each age level designed to make kids comfortable in nature, get to know the preserve, and eventually explore conservation in the regional landscape.
The week began with heavy rain but overall we were fortunate and were able to complete all activities with only minor juggling of the schedule. Above, campers collect samples for self-contained pickle-jar habitats.
Painting time included large-scale flower illustrations, creating corn-hole backstops illustrated with flowers, and painting a large mural on masonite that depicts a scene of campers playing along Pine Creek at the preserve. When completed that mural was cut up into puzzle pieces which the campers then reassembled (they completed the puzzle in 12 minutes).
Camp included small group hikes and free time to play in the woods and in the creek. Campers at this grade level also take on the Crow’s Nest Challenge Hike, where they are dropped off from the hay wagon at one end of the preserve and have to navigate themselves to the other using a map showing a circuitous, 4-mile route. In the photo at top each camper is sporting a T-shirt commemorating the hike.