Over the Thanksgiving Break, campers joined SPREE to enjoy time outside at Johnson Habitat Park while learning about Colorado’s big cats and canines. Campers got to see and feel lynx, mountain lion, and bobcat pelts and skulls on loan from Colorado Parks & Wildlife. They learned about the differences between these big cats as well as the adaptations they have in common. Campers picked their own own adaptations to make- such as long tails, ears, and retractable claws- and practiced hunting along the River. We also also made "snow" and lynx tracks.
Campers who attended the second day of camp learned that canines like foxes and coyotes play an important role in the food web. We made fox and coyote masks and also learned what to do if you see a coyote near you. Then we turned our attention to the beloved canines in our home who enjoy our parks, too. Campers learned about pet waste and how it can affect our River ecosystem. They then made their own doggie-bag dispensers to take home.
Thanks to everyone, including our Junior Rangers and River Rangers, who attended and helped at camp. Registration is now open for Spring Holiday Camps- sign up here! Interested in being a Junior Ranger at SPREE's Holiday Camps? Returning campers currently in 6th- 8th grade can inquire about openings. Find out more here. Contact us at email@example.com or (720) 306-8000.
SPREE’s Fall Holiday Camps are underway, getting kids to the South Platte River on their days off from school. In October, SPREE held two days of programming at Johnson-Habitat Park with the focus on nocturnal animals. Campers made skunk masks and completed an obstacle course. The weather was great so we also had fun catching critters in the River while learning about the sensory adaptations raccoons have for doing the same thing at night. Junior River Ranger Zach helped campers catch 27 crawdads in one afternoon critter crawl!
November saw a full day of camp focused on SPREE’s favorite animal- the beaver. We did a quest around the park, stopping to learn about the beaver’s amazing adaptations along the way. And of course we made some beaver dams ourselves! Campers made puppets, designed a stage and rehearsed lines with the day ending with a performance about beavers.
Interested in attending Holiday Camp? We still have a few spots left for November 21-22: Cats & Canines of Colorado. You can also sign up for our winter and spring 2017 dates. Learn more on our website and register here! Returning campers currently in 6th-8th grade who are interested in being a Junior River Ranger at Holiday Camp can contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 720-306-8000.