Animal Camp Week 1 and Winged Wonders- Day 2

Welcome back campers and families!

Meet the red peppers! They enjoyed time with Jade (white horse) and Zoe (brown horse) today!

Today we discussed animal feet around the farm.

What animal has feet like this?

*These are goat feet*

Is this animal a ruminant? How can you tell?

*These are horse feet* A horse is not a ruminant. It has 1 stomach part similar to a human.

How many stomach parts does this animal have? How do you know?

*These are cow feet* Cows are ruminants and have 4 parts to their stomach. You can tell by the split hoof.

Campers also spent time with sheep wool.

This is wool from a sheep at Tollgate. When it was sheared off of the sheep it was full of hay, dirt, and other debris from the field.

Feel the oil (lanolin) that was discussed yesterday? The campers picked out the big debris from the wool.

They campers looked at the fiber underneath the microscope.

The fibers are crimped. Why is this important for the sheep? Why is this important for people using wool to make clothing?

The campers used soap and water to rinse out the finer debris from the wool (dirt, small pieces of hay). 

The clean wool was laid out to dry in the sun. Later in the week the clean wool will be used for a camp project.

The orange and red peppers rode horses on a lead line!

Lots of campers ran through the sprinkler to cool off.

In garden kitchen, the peppers made watermelon and cucumber salad and pad thai.

The peppers “loved it!”

Here are the delicious recipes:

Morning: Watermelon Cucumber Salad

Diced watermelon
Diced cucumber
Lime juice
Pink Himalayan salt

Add desired amounts of the ingredients in a bowl and mix together!

Afternoon: Pad Thai

Olive oil
1 cup of rice noodles
1 medium head of broccoli, chopped
½ medium onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, sliced/chopped
1 medium garlic clove, minced
Cilantro, chopped
Sesame seeds
Fresh lime juice


¼ cup pure maple syrup
¼ cup soy sauce/tamari
1 tbsp tomato paste
2 tbsp rice vinegar
2 tbsp lime juice
2 tsp sesame oil
¼ tsp garlic powder

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add your rice noodles, cooking according to package instructions.
While noodles are cooking, drizzle a bit of olive oil on pan and add broccoli, bell pepper, and onion, cooking for about 5-10 minutes or until softened.
Add in the minced garlic and cook for another minute or two.
Drain the rice noodles and add to the pan of veggies. Toss together.
In a small bowl, whisk together all of the sauce ingredients until well combined. Pour all over the noodles and veggies

Here are more pictures from today:

The winged wonders group is having a great time on their trip!

Today, Tollgate Campers arrived at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary at around 2:30pm. The Kellogg Bird Sanctuary is part of the Kellogg Biological Station (LINK: The Kellogg Biological Station (KBS), is located in Hickory Corners, Michigan, and is the site of research in ecology, agriculture, and sustainability. The Kellogg Bird Sanctuary is both a home for birds that are unable to survive in the wild and a migratory stop for many other birds, including Trumpeter Swans and Canada Geese. In 1927, W.K. Kellogg donated both the land that would become KBS and the Bird Sanctuary to Michigan State University.

Campers started off their day at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary by participating in the Bird Olympics, where they learned which species of birds were the best at certain tasks, and saw how they measured up. Campers learned that the California Condor has the largest wingspan of any bird, and the Humming Bird has the fastest wing beats per a minute.

After this, campers got to meet a Red-tailed Hawk and learn about raptors.

Here are the pictures from their day!

Have a great night!


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