posted by Tree Frog Treks! on Jun 21
Last weeks camp theme was ‘Come Fly with Me’ so there were of course tons of activities based around this. The half day campers made flying machines and the full day campers made themselves wings. We learned about clouds and how weather is made. As always we got to meet some cool Animal Ambassadors, we don’t have anything that can fly but the kids don’t seem to mind. They think all our critters are cool.
As well as flying machines the kids made balloons filled with various gases to see which ones would float away. To get the gases they did a bunch of chemical reactions and tried to figure out which gas they made and which ones were lighter than air.
The full day campers got to go to Mt Tamalpais for a hike, while the half day kids got to explore the hidden wonders of Golden Gate Park. Everyone gets to help the parks gardeners with the never ending task of weeding and clearing away unwanted invasive plant species.
posted by Tree Frog Treks! on Jun 10
We kicked off our summer this week, with the theme “Adventure Time” – the campers found out what it was like to be true adventures, trekking near and far around Golden Gate Park.
The half day campers went on many near-by adventures, using all of their senses along the way. They learned about what kinds of tools explorers use, like binoculars, made journals to document their findings, used magnifying glasses to take a closer look at things, and collected insects along the way (releasing them at the end of each day). We met our animal ambassadors, like Clark the Western Toad, Neptune the Blue Tongue Skink, and Blondie our big Burmese Python. On our hikes we found banana slugs, salamanders, and observed pocket gofers and red-tailed hawks. To finish the week the half day campers used compasses and maps, and took a quest to find a hidden treasure!
Our full day campers had many adventures near and far this week, spending time doing science experiments on Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday the hit the trail at Lands End – doing a scavenger hunt along the way. They spent time collecting, charting, and classifying their findings each day. On Thursday, they took a field trip to Tennessee Valley on a Tom Sawyer Adventure! They found oodles of snakes including Terrestrial Garter Snakes, Rubber Boas, and Yellow Racers. Friday we finished off the week doing some conservation work with the gardeners in the park, ending a great week with fun games and new friendships!
Space is still available for most future weeks so sign up now for some Outdoor Adventuring!!