The next article has been written for Ripples from the Dunes, by Sydney Herman, summer season schooling intern with Woodland Dunes Nature Heart.
One of many highlights of my internship at Woodland Dunes this summer season has been the summer season camps, particularly the current Little Wings Exploring Water camp! Every of the summer season camps has been extraordinarily enjoyable and fulfilling, however the mixture of climate and 7 keen campers made this explicit day considered one of my favorites.
The night time earlier than camp, Two Rivers had simply obtained about 5 inches of rain. When Jessica Johnsrud and I arrived early the morning of camp and surveyed the realm across the Nature Heart, we had been met with extraordinarily excessive water ranges within the pond and on the start of Willow Path.
We meant to have the campers dip for pond critters on a small dock off of Cattail Path, however the inclement climate from the earlier night time made it troublesome and harmful for 4 to six-year-olds to pond dip; subsequently, we needed to improvise. Looking across the nook at Willow Path, there have been about six inches of water that had risen above the traditional water stage of the small creek that runs perpendicular to the path, which sparked an thought. As a substitute of pond dipping, we’d educate the youngsters how one can navigate throughout a small creek!
When the start of camp rolled round, our seven blissful campers walked in with rainboots and tales of the storm from final night time. We began off by introducing some enjoyable water experiments to assist perceive the properties of water, which included counting the variety of water droplets we might drop on a penny and portray with watercolors on frozen watercolor paper. Together with every portray got here intricate background tales of planets, spiders, and different imaginative tales solely 4 to six-year-olds might fabricate out of watercolors.
With the overcast sky and a slight mist above us, we took a break from sitting to hike a portion of Cattail Path, the place we listened and known as for red-winged blackbirds with their signature name that feels like “vote for me!” We additionally couldn’t assist however name again to the inexperienced frogs as we handed and marveled on the floating duckweed.
Following a snack of watermelon, acceptable for a water-themed day, we had been able to get our ft moist. Rigorously, we shuffled our ft by means of inches of water. As we trudged additional, shrieks and laughter stuffed the air when the water finally flowed into rainboots. As soon as we cleared the creek, leaping leopard frogs caught the eye of the campers. To finish the morning, an ingenious recreation involving a sopping sponge of water titled “drip, drip, drop,” previously generally known as “duck, duck, goose,” ensured that nobody would depart with a dry head!
Regardless of an preliminary plan for the Little Wings Exploring Water camp, the wet climate made this camp distinctive within the essence of nature working in our favor to actually discover water with the campers.This present day jogged my memory that cautious plans can simply be tossed apart and changed with an much more immersive and memorable expertise.
photo- intern Sydney Herman and blissful nature campers at Woodland Dunes