Eco-Warriors: Day 4

Dear campers,

Coltrane the Turtle here to give you the scoop on our very last camp day. Our eco-warriors had a bzzzzzzy day learning about the importance of pollinators. We found a variety of flowers in our garden and talked about how our favorite fruits and veggies come to bee. Honey bees aren’t the only pollinators around, though they sure are sweet. We have many varieties of bees, butterflies, moths, beetles, flies, bats, and hummingbirds to thank too!

Yesterday campers released a monarch butterfly. Today we made seed bombs filled with milkweed seed. Our eco-warriors were charged with the task of planting these seed bombs for future generations of caterpillars and butterflies. To learn more about growing milkweed, check out Monarch Watch!

The camper dipped fabric squares in melted bees wax to make reusable cling wrap. Cling wrap is a polyethylene based product that can be recycled along with your plastic bags (as long as it is clean and dry). Check out this video to see how plastic cling wrap is made! It’s a pretty cool product, but we think you will enjoy the colorful and reusable substitute our campers made.

In the morning Garden Kitchen session campers made delicious black bean and roasted vegetable tacos. All of the veggies, came from Tollgate Farm! Campers diced tomatoes, corn, squash, zucchini, bell peppers, and onions. In the afternoon we made fresh garden salsa. We ended the day with delicious popsicles made by our Camp Champs. It was a yummy day!

Mmmmmm, garlic!

Squeezing the lemons makes it easier to get all the juice out!

Campers put the finishing touches on their carnival games today. It was really amazing to see what our campers turned a pile of “junk” into! We had a wide variety of colorful and interesting games. There was something for everyone; even me, Coltrane. Campers had the opportunity to describe how their games could be played and then it was carnival time!

Teamwork!

He shoots, he scores!!

As always, this is just a small handful of the photos taken this week. You can view the whole collection here. Thanks for spending the last week of camp with us at Tollgate Farm. I’m feeling inspired by all the activities and learning that went on this week. I hope you are too!

Your Friend,

Coltrane

PS. If you’re missing your very favorite water bottle, hat, sweatshirt, etc. It might be in our lost and found! Check out all the stuff that was left behind here.

PPS. If you have not completed our camp survey yet, we would love to hear your feedback! You can find the link here. We read them all!

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