Green Science Adventure Camp-1: Day 5

Well, we all made it through the week in one piece, and we have enjoyed every moment of each activity, challenge, and laugh that we have shared with our campers. Our last day of camp was filled with a few extra special activities.

Just like every other day, we cared for the farm animals.

A Green Pepper watches as the group feeds the pasture chickens.

A Green Pepper watches as the group feeds the pasture chickens.

Yellow Peppers found a duck egg in the pen this morning!

Yellow Peppers found a duck egg in the pen this morning!

The Garden Kitchen menu this morning included green smoothies. While not all campers liked the taste and texture of the smoothie, nearly everyone gave it a try, and that’s what we love to see!

Orange Peppers trying their green smoothies.

Orange Peppers trying their green smoothies.

We learned about wool and how it is processed into the yarn that you might buy at a craft supply store.Campers helped card the wool first so that all of the fibers were running in the same direction, and then we washed it and hand-spun it into bracelets. Campers were able to dye their bracelet in Kool-Aide if they chose to, and everyone took home their creation as a camp souvenir!

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Green Peppers washing their wool before dying it.

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Orange Peppers using teamwork to card some wool.

Because today was Friday, we though it would be appropriate to ride Friday, our pony! Campers learned the proper way to mount and dismount a horse, and went for a ride around the pasture.

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An Orange Pepper gets ready to go for a ride!

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Orange Pepper riding Friday.

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This Red Pepper was all smiles during her ride on Friday.

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Red Peppers learning about red clover from Mr. Alan.

After lunch, we finished our sustainable farm models and shared with the group what we created. It’s amazing how well these models have come together since Monday!

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Yellow Peppers with their sustainable farm model.

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Yellow Pepper ladies show off their farm!

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Silly Orange Peppers with their farm model.

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Orange Peppers with their farm model.

We munched on Rainbow Popsicles this afternoon, which we prepared yesterday during Garden Kitchen. The recipe can be found at the end of this post.

We made goat milk soap with Mr. Alan. Unfortunately, we ran into some technical difficulties, so only the Red and Yellow Peppers were able to craft their own soap, including the fragrance and texture. We used synthetic (man-made) and natural (nature-made) essential oils and talked about the difference between the two kinds. Campers were able to choose which oil and color they wanted to use, and were given the option of adding oatmeal or salt as an exfoliant. The soap that turned out okay looks very cool! Even though we had some trouble with our recipe, we discussed how giving up on a science experiment is no way to go! As explorers and inventors, we have to continue trying until we succeed!

The Yellow Peppers wait patiently for their soap to be ready.

The Yellow Peppers wait patiently for their soap to be ready.

Finally, each pepper group presented their skit for the entire camp and parents! As promised, the videos of each skit will be posted on this site early next week, so be sure to check back to watch them!

The entire Green Science Camp performed the Rare Bog Song for their guests at the end of the day!

The entire Green Science Camp performed the Rare Bog Song for their guests at the end of the day!

As sad as we are that this week of camp has officially ended, we have a ton of great things to celebrate! We made lots of new friends, reconnected with old friends, learned an amazing amount, and shared many fond memories. Thank you for allowing us to work with your awesomely fun and creative campers, and we look forward to seeing you around the farm soon!

Red Pepper group photo!

Red Pepper group photo!

The Yellow Pepper group!

The Yellow Pepper group!

The very silly Green Pepper group!

The very silly Green Pepper group!

The Orange Peppers!

The Orange Peppers!


Rainbow Popsicles

Ingredients

1 cup strawberries
1 cup orange juice
1 cup pineapple
½ banana
1 pear
1 cup blueberries
1 Tbs. Honey

Directions

Blend until smooth, use strainer to remove pulp. Return to blender and add 8 oz plain yogurt. Freeze in popsicle molds, then serve when solid.

 

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