Last week was NMWC’s first Summer Science Camp of the year! This camp was generously sponsored by Owl Peak Farm in La Madera and brought in campers from La Madera, El Rito, Ojo Caliente, and Española. Students met at Bode’s General Store each morning, and we headed up to Abiquiu Lake for a day of fun in the sun!
On Monday after our hike, we learned about buoyancy.
On Tuesday we expanded our knowledge of buoyancy by building model boats.
Building model boats and learning why they float helps us understand why our canoes float.
On Wednesday we headed up into the Santa Fe National Forest to explore a slightly different ecosystem and learn about where our water comes from.
On our mountain adventure we learned some basic survival skills and used our newfound knowledge of knots to build emergency shelters from ponchos.
On Thursday we headed back to Abiquiu Lake for a canoeing excursion and a picnic lunch on an island.
After this big day of exploring and playing in the lake, we headed to our group shelter for our Thursday night camp out. The campers put their tents up all by themselves (for the most part).
Right after we put up our tents, a dark line of clouds approached.
Fortunately, the storm missed us, and the campers were happy spending a little time playing chess before dinner.
On Friday we headed back to the lake for a half day of swimming and playing in the water before it was time to go home.
We had an absolutely fantastic week with these great kids, and I think everybody learned a lot about science and about New Mexico’s precious water resources. We can’t wait for our next camp!