In addition to our snazzy new camp brochures, I brought some hands-on items for kids to explore, including moose antlers, a snake skin, a turtle shell, and an owl pellet. Guiding kids as they interacted with these objects reminded me how much I love science education. Kids' imaginations were particularly sparked by the spine on the underside of the turtle's shell. I would have them feel their own spines with one hand while stroking the turtle shell's with the other. There is this amazing smile that children develop when they make a truly exciting connection that I wish I could share via photograph. It is one of the most heart-warming experiences as an educator.
|Champ's mini-me blow-up doll.|
In addition to "Aquatic Discovery Camp," we have five other unique camps this year that I presented that the camp fair. I am particularly excited about the "Explore the Shore Camp" for children entering 6th - 8th grade. We have some really amazing citizen science field projects set-up, and I met a lot of really bright middel school students at the fair, who I hope enroll. I even sent one precocious rising 6th grader home with my dissected owl pellet at the end of the day.
To find out more about this year's camps, visit www.echovermont.org/camps.