This week kicked off the Spring High School River Rangers teaching days by participating in our March SPREE After School! For the first week of March SPREE After School, two of our River Rangers, Tori & Hailey observed our SPREE educators as they taught the kiddos about animal shelters & practiced our observation skills.
Tori, a returning River Ranger and previous SPREE camper helped teach Hailey how to critter crawl.. leading to Hailey catching her FIRST crawdad ever!! BIG moment in the SPREE world! No one forgets their first crawdad catch.
We are so excited for the rest of our four River Rangers to participate in SPREE After School this month, and for many more big SPREE moments for both them and the kiddos!
Week 4: SPring is here!
After a chilly Critter Crawl, where the SPREE team, River Rangers Adele and Montze, and campers caught only one crawdad, we headed back to the classroom to warm up. Campers were able to make soap using the track molds from last week’s lesson as a graduation gift. Campers got to choose their favorite animal track to make their soap out of and they turned out so cute! After our graduation ceremony, we ended camp by playing a few rounds of Pictionary while we waited for parents. We had so much fun over the last month with our After School campers and can’t wait for Spring Break Camp next week!
Week 3: Whose track is that?
Week 2: Whose Scat is that?
After all the excitement of Critter Crawl, we headed back to the classroom for even more fun activities. Campers learned about all different kinds of scat and what they can tell us about animals. Does the size of the scat tell us if the animal is big or small? What does the scat shape tell us about what they eat? As always, campers were on it and easily identified the animals and their scat.
Finally, campers learned about the difference between bird scat and a bird pellet. A pellet, often referred to as a casting, is a mass of undigested parts of a bird’s food, like bones and fur and is a way for birds of prey, like hawks and owls, to remove these from their digestive system. You can tell a lot about a bird’s diet by dissecting these pellets. And that is exactly what campers did!
Although some were hesitant at first, campers had a blast dissecting pellets and we discovered all kinds of bones, like teeth, jaws, leg bones, and even a full rodent skull! The SPREE team may have even had more fun than the campers!
Week 1: Holes, Burrows, & Nests, Oh My!