Campers had a fun-filled day at Tollgate!
Here are some pictures from green science camp.
Meet the orange peppers! They enjoyed playing a pollinator game in the children’s garden.
The campers learned about bees during the pollinator activity. How do bees collect pollen? How does this benefit the bee? How does it benefit the plant?
Why were velcro bands placed on the camper’s elbows or knees? What does this represent on the bee?
The campers collected pollen (ping pong balls) using their elbows and knees and deposited the pollen back at the hive. Does a bee have a difficult job?
Before lunch, campers had the opportunity to hold the snake. Inigo is a corn snake that has lived his life in educational settings.
What did Inigo feel like when your camper touched him? Was he slimy? After lunch, Inigo was fed his lunch. What did he eat?
Does a snake chew its food? How does he eat a mouse?
Does a snake have bones? How many bones does a snake have in its body?
In the afternoon, green science campers hiked in the forest. The yellow and orange peppers enjoyed time at a vernal pool.What is special about a vernal pool? What critters live here? Campers found several frog species in the vernal pool.
This frog is missing its eye. How does it use other senses to find food and shelter?
These campers made bee hotels to house honey bees. What kind of shelter do bees prefer?
Both green science and horse camp combined for garden kitchen again today. In the morning, they created green smoothies.
In the afternoon, they made maple roasted sweet potatoes.
Here are the recipes:
Morning: Green Smoothie
Small piece of ginger
Dash of vanilla extract
Afternoon: Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes
2 large sweet potatoes
3 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp pure maple syrup
¼ tsp chili powder
¼ tsp smoked paprika
¼ tsp salt
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Chop sweet potatoes into bite-sized pieces and place on baking sheet with parchment paper. Add remainder of ingredients except the lemon juice and toss until everything is coated. Roast until the potatoes are tender and turning brown in some spots, about 25 minutes, stirring halfway. Pour over the lemon juice and serve.
Here are some photos from horse camp! Meet the 4 groups! Their favorite activity today was riding horses.
Campers learned about horse markings today. Can your camper identify colors and markings on the horse they rode during riding time?
Campers observed a leader saddling the horse. Campers will practice this later in the week.
This camper took her pulse. How many times does a human heart beat per minute at rest?
How many times does a horse heart beat per minute?
The campers and horse ran around the corral to increase their pulse. Did the horse or human have a greater increase in heart rate?
Campers practiced riding around the corral today. What skills did your camper practice?
At the end of the day, campers brushed the horse and released her into the pasture for the evening.
What a great day! Here are additional photos:
Enjoy your evening!