On Monday we started our Olympic Ceremony by learning each other's names and creating some metals that we will work on throughout the week. We then talked all about how well adapted animal senses can be and how this can be helpful for survival in the wild.
On Tuesday with our special guests from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science we were able to transform ourselves into all sorts of animals with special adaptations to learn how animals can best survive in Colorado. Thank you so much to DMNS for visiting us and sharing their amazing traveling classroom.
On Wednesday we practiced our animal adaptation skill so that we can put them to the text tomorrow at field day. Then created our own adapted animals to decorate HQ and teach each other about our creations.
On Thursday we had a stinking hot field day filled with testing our animal adaptation skills! We smelled like bears, jumped like squirrels, raced like deer, and so much more. As the heat surmounted we cooled down with our toes in the river and then our heads in the sprinklers by the end of the day.
On Friday we challenged ourselves to the Chomper's Game Show where we shared all sorts of fun facts about our favorite animals. At Jeopardy we learned about Colorado's state animal and fossil, and outside we learned how to respectfully hide a geocache (come check it out at Johnson-Habitat Park!). Then at graduation we all came together to congratulate each other on our well played games! Overall, a great week of camp.
On Monday we got our first mission from Chompers to face our fears about some misunderstood animals that live in our state. We all learned about myths of some ‘scary’ animals and where these myths might have come from. We faced our fears in the river as we caught critters like leeches and crawdad and blood-worms, oh my!
On Tuesday we were visited by some scary, scaly, special guests! Our friends from Nature’s Educators brought amazing rehabilitated snakes for our campers to view and ask questions about. We learned so much about native snakes, why they might seem scary but how cool they actually are! We even got to see a wild river snake at critter crawl too!
On Wednesday we learned all about how animals use their senses to best help them at different times of day. Some animals like bats need to rely on their senses of hearing and smell to navigate their way through the night sky. Then we played some games to learn the differences between poison and venom. Thankfully, none of the many critters we caught at critter crawl are neither poisonous nor venomous.
On Thursday we had a hot and fun field day where we challenged ourselves to learn and play as some scary animals that adapt to their surroundings like dragonflies, leeches, and snakes! Over and through the obstacle course we worked together and shared so many great moments. Then we all went together to Critter Crawl and found the most critters all week!
On Friday we dressed up as grasshoppers to learn all about adaptation and then inside we learned about how different cultures eat them! We talked all about how much water it takes to produce the normal and abnormal food we eat. Then at graduation we all celebrated the great time we had at camp this week, all the new friends we made, and fears we faced!
The first week of SPREE Summer Camp is officially underway!
On Monday we had a GREAT first day of summer camp today! We got our mission from Crusher the Crawdad who tasked us with getting to know the SPREE force, the SPREE villains, and finding a crawdad in the South Platte River. We learned a little about our waterways and are excited to learn more about them and all the critters that use it throughout the week.
On Tuesday Chompers introduced us to our friends at Denver Public Works who showed us how our storm drains get cleaned and where our trash might end up before it makes it to the river. We were sprayed by the big hose and learned how powerful the vacuum is. After we created some doggy bag holders to help us collect more trash in the future.
On Wednesday with our mission to destroy the Energy Leech all campers worked together to make some movies about how best to limit energy waste! We also made tin foil boats to learn about water and wind power. Then at Critter Crawl we searched for animals like leeches that use water in interesting ways.
On Thursday it was a sunny day for our first field day of the summer! We took all of our knowledge of the skills that the SPREE Force uses and put them to the test at our field day challenges. We tested our communication, teamwork, agility, and drawing skills. Then went for a whole group critter crawl with a high flowing river. We saw so many amazing creatures all throughout the day.
A fantastic, fiery, Friday was had at camp. It was unseasonably warm and it showed in our river water temperature tests too! We learned how to take not only the temperature of our river, but also other measures to tell how healthy our river is. We tested the river then tested our abilities to clean the water with some other natural materials, filtering out any dirt, rocks, or other debris to make clear water.