Art on the River
On October 3rd we meet at City of Cuernavaca Park for our annual Art on the River. With plenty of green space to share with our friends at Originateve (originateve.org), we created art inspired by and utilizing natural materials from Denver's landscape. With craft stations ranging from nature crowns to flower and leave prints, we led families down to the South Platte River to make boats using recycled materials with Originateve. Once folks had tested their boats on the water, we came up to the picnic tables and shared lunch over soccer games--sandwich in hand.
PANNING ON THE PLATTE
A dozen families came out to Johnson Habitat Park (JHP) to celebrate Colorado's Gold Rush history with us on October 17th. Kids who attended dressed up as pioneers, took "Wanted Poster" photos, made Native American crafts, and looked for treasures in the South Platte River! A few kids struck it rich, but many had experiences similar to the real pioneers. Even families that were just out for the day to enjoy JHP stopped to participate in an activity or two!
We look are looking forward to seeing many of you again for our next free family-friendly event on the South Platte this upcoming Saturday, November 7th for Family Fishing Day.
UNDERGROUND INVESTIGATORS AT SPREE HOLIDAY CAMP
How fast can a mole dig? What creatures might we find under a dead log? The first fall camp for SPREE’s Adventures Outside program emphasized the world under our feet. Campers learned about burrowing animals, insects, and other critters and explored the South Platte River at Johnson Habitat Park.
On Monday, campers learned about animals that burrow. They dressed up like a mole and completed a blindfold obstacle course. They also became burrowing owls and worked in teams to attract food to their burrows. We even created our own tunnel and burrow system using recycled materials. Later, we explored the river to see what critters we could catch!
Tuesday was packed with fun as we uncovered insects and other underground animals in our sandbox and classified them. Campers worked together to create a ‘bookshelf burrow’ full of underground animals that they created. We spent more time catching crawdads in the river and closed our day with more crafts and fun outside.
To learn more about SPREE’s holiday camps during the school year, visit www.thegreenwayfoundation.org/holiday-camps.html