We are wrapping up our third week of camp—an exhausting but rewarding part of our summer. With our youngest group of kids (1st & 2nd grade) we try to get them to know and be comfortable in one small part of the preserve—the "campsite" along Pine Creek. With the next older group (3rd & 4th) we try to explore different parts of the preserve so that they get to know a range of habitats here. With the 5th & 6th graders we approach these diverse habitats with a series of activities that will help them get to know the preserve better. And with the oldest group—all long-term campers—we use Crow's Nest as a springboard to become familiar with a range of other natural open spaces in our region.
A key component of the program is small group hikes where just two to four kids explore an area with one counselor. We find the kids more focused and observant in small groups and they return to the larger group with news of what they saw.
Also blooming at Crow's Nest right now: blue vervain, blazing-star, and lots more: