Abiquiu Summer Science Camp

Last week was our first Summer Science Camp! We held it at Abiquiu Lake.

As you can see, we had a fantastic group of 10 kids (not all are shown below).

Picking up campers at a local institution.
Picking up campers at a local institution.

Each day students learned a new aspect of science: identifying local plants and animals or learning about density and buoyancy.

Heading off on a hike along the Rio Chama.
Heading off on a hike along the Rio Chama.
Identifying and recording life forms along the Rio Chama.
Identifying and recording life forms along the Rio Chama.
Learning about buoyancy,
Learning about buoyancy.
Weighing objects in a given volume to calculate density.
Weighing objects in a given volume to calculate density.
Using our new-found knowledge of buoyancy to build sailboats.
Using our new-found knowledge of buoyancy to build sailboats.
Taking a closer look at a local resident.
Taking a closer look at a local resident.

We also learned some important skills, like knot tying, how to canoe and kayak, and for one participant, how to swim.

Practicing knots.
Practicing knots.
Learning a new knot.
Learning a new knot.
Boating requires teamwork!
Boating requires teamwork!
Canoeing across Abiquiu Lake.
Canoeing across Abiquiu Lake.
Hooray for Abiquiu Lake!
Hooray for Abiquiu Lake!

We’re very grateful to our partners with the US Army Corps of Engineers at Abiquiu Lake for loaning us life jackets and making it possible for us to reserve a group shelter to keep out of the hot sun during the day and for camping on Thursday night. This camp would not have been possible without life jackets to keep us safe!

Ranger Austin explains why ducks float and children don't (without a life jacket).
Ranger Austin explains why ducks float and children don’t (without a life jacket).

      On Thursday night, a few parents joined us, and we spent the night at Abiquiu Lake.

A camper stands beside his tent.
A camper stands beside his tent.

We roasted hot dogs, cooked s’mores, and watched the stars. We observed the moons of Jupiter and the rings of Saturn with a telescope.

Campers watching the night sky.
Campers watching the night sky.

After our camp out, we cleaned up way more than just our group shelter! We wanted to leave the campground cleaner than we found it.

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Campers with the trash they picked up.

It was a fantastic week, and we’re looking forward to offering this camp on more than one week next year!

Life jackets drying after a long day in the water.
Life jackets drying after a long day in the water.

Christy

2 thoughts on “Abiquiu Summer Science Camp

  • So much fun (and learning) for the kids. Thank you for providing them with an awesome experience. When can I be a camper?

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  • This camp was such a great experience for my son!! Thank you Christy & Katherine for helping him become a “fish”!!! He will be back next year!!!

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