Campers at SPREE got “tangled in the food web,” exploring connections between the sun, plants, animals, and our environment.
We started the week learning about the power of the sun. We planted our own bean seeds and watched them begin to grow. Throughout the week, we created and added parts of the food web to mobiles that campers took home at the end of the week. We studied herbivores, omnivores, and carnivores in part through examining skulls and pelts. Campers got creative with clay and craft materials to make their own imaginary herbivore.
Later, we took our questions and knowledge down to the water and caught crawdads and studied aquatic plants. We explored the interconnections within the food web and how an ecosystem can change with the addition of a beaver dam or the removal of an apex predator, like wolves.
We also had fun exploring nearby parks through a field day. SPREE HQ campers got to visit Overland Pond Park and campers downtown visited Commons Park.
We closed the week by looking at some overlooked parts of the ecosystem- scavengers, decomposers, and parasites. We studied bacteria we had collected in petri dishes. Campers made their own snails, conducted a decomposer investigation in the soil, and learned about leeches down by the water.
Thanks to all for another fun week of camp!
February 3rd was a chilly day but SPREE campers still had fun learning about the journey of the The South Platte River, from the mountains to the ocean.
Campers acted out the water cycle with a raindrop friend that they created. They created their own watershed models and tested out where water goes using a spray bottle. We read “My Water Comes From the Mountains,” written by Tiffany Fourment and illustrated by Dorothy Emerling. Campers created their own artwork based on the book and added it to a group mural.
Campers and staff ended the day with a fun walk down to the River to observe ducks and geese and of course some practice skipping rocks!
Are you interested in sending your child to SPREE’s Holiday Camp when school is off for the day? Come join the fun this spring at Johnson Habitat Park! Find out our schedule for the day and more here.
February 20: The Secret Lives of Hibernators ($45)
Investigate the animals who are sleeping through the winter in Colorado!
March 27-31: Reptiles and Amphibians of Colorado ($225)
Join SPREE to become herpetologists- experts on Colorado’s reptiles and amphibians!
April 3: Crazy about Crawdads ($45)
Become a crawdad expert as we investigate one of the South Platte's most amazing creatures!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 720-306-8000 for more information on SPREE Holiday or Summer Camps.