Producers, consumers, and decomposers, oh my! During SPREE’s School Break Camp Tangled in the Food Web, campers delved into local food webs and explored the puzzle connecting the sun, plants, animals, and decomposers. Chomper’s is an herbivore, who relies on plants to survive, but his friends Roxy the Racoon and Fiona the Fox are carnivores and omnivores. Do you know what that means about what they eat? Today, campers worked together to find out where each animal sits at the interconnected table of the food web.
We started off the day with a KWL- “Know, Wonder, Learn”- where campers gave us all the facts and knowledge they have about dinosaurs- and they sure did know so much about dinos. Our camper’s big debate question was “Did the dinos really all die when the meteor struck Earth or was the extinction already on its way before the meteor event?” We decided scientists will never really know the true answer to that question but we do know that some dinos were going extinct before the meteor struck.
We also had our first critter crawl on Monday. Critter crawl is an activity we do every day at camp and is the time where we get into the river and catch macroinvertebrates like crawdads. It is amazing all the animals we catch with just small nets and recycled tupperware!
This past weekend, we celebrated community with a campout at Johnson Habitat Park with Westwood Neighborhood families! Families came to SPREE HQ on Saturday afternoon where they were greeted by SPREE teachers and a pile of camping gear. We set up campsites before getting busy with crafts and critter crawl!
Observation skills came in handy during Critter Crawl. You woud never know that some of our guests had never looked for critters in our river before- they were pros! We caught so many crawdads, and even a large dragonfly larvae hiding under rocks!
As dusk came, and eventually night we went into our tents to enjoy the night under the stars! This annual campout is always so much fun, and we are grateful for the families that made it so special this year!