Animal Week 1 and Winged Wonders- Day 3

Hello everyone!

Meet the orange peppers!

They love Luke the goat!

The green and yellow peppers rode horses on lead lines today. They rode Max and Jade.

Look at those smiles!

The campers also spent time in the garden this morning.

Hoes and rakes were used to clear weeds from a bed.

Seed tapes (pumpkins and squash) were planted in the bed.

And covered with dirt.

Their counselor “watered his peppers.”

Campers continued to work on materials for our animals.

The campers gathered materials to build animal habitats for their clay creations.

Good cooperation girls!

These campers drew habitat designs for their clay creations.

Monday the wool was sheared off the sheep. Tuesday the wool was cleaned and dried.

Today the wool was carded (untangled). 

Campers straightened out the wool fibers using a card (a tool like a brush). 

The wool is ready for a craft project!

This morning, campers made ricotta cheese.

This afternoon, they combined fresh basil from the garden, cheese, and the bread for a delicious snack.

Here is the recipe:

Morning: Homemade Ricotta

4 cups of whole milk
1 cup of heavy cream
½ teaspoon salt
2 tbsp white vinegar or lemon juice

Line strainer with a couple of damp paper towel or cheesecloth and set inside of a large bowl. In a saucepan, combine heavy cream, milk, and salt. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Once boiling, remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vinegar or lemon juice. Let the mixture sit for 2 minutes, then pour into the strainer and let drain for 20 minutes.

Afternoon: Assemble homemade ricotta on bread slices with basil and balsamic vinaigrette.

Here are additional photos from today:

Winged Wonders!

Tuesday night, overnight campers at Winged Wonders learned about different bird nest types. Campers build different types of nests and learned about which birds use which nest.

Next, campers went back to the campsite to set up tents and make dinner. Here, campers learned how to build fires. After s’mores, campers reflected on their days and shared their bird calls.

This morning, campers started off the day with breakfast on the trail and at Spruce Lodge in the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary. After this, campers went on a bird walk and did some quiet observation time. In this time, campers identified birds, saw signs of woodpeckers, and wrote about nature.

Next, campers went to watch the Raptors eat and meet the other birds at the Bird Sanctuary. In addition to Toby, the Red-tailed Hawk they met last night, campers visited a Great Horned Owl, a Barred and Barn Owl, and Liberty and Patriot, the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary’s juvenile Bald Eagles.

From here, campers spent some time in the classroom dissecting owl pellets and learning about the food web, or food tangle.

For lunch, campers walked over to Windmill Island on Gull Lake for swimming and hot dogs.

Tonight, campers will do an egg drop experiment and present their bird nests.


Here are additional photos from today:

See you tomorrow!





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