Summer Science Camp #2

Another fantastic Summer Science Camp has come and gone, and once again we had an excellent group of kids! This camp was held at Abiquiu Lake, thanks to our partnership with the US Army Corps of Engineers. Campers came in from Santa Fe, Española, and Abiquiu to explore the habitats of Abiquiu Lake and learn some place-based science. This week was particularly hot, and we were fortunate to have the lake as a place to cool off!

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Decorating science notebooks and discussing the plans for the week

 

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Weighing a plastic cylinder full of rocks to estimate its density
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Testing our evaluation of the object’s density to see if it’s buoyant enough to float
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A ranger from USACE discussing buoyancy and water safety with our campers
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A camper getting fitted into a life jacket thanks to Abiquiu Lake’s life jacket loaner program
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Learning to tie a new knot that is useful for tying up boats
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Knot-tying session
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Cooling off in the waters of Abiquiu Lake
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Practicing teamwork

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Exploring the lake shore after a kayak excursion

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Trying out a new mode of transportation on the water
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Setting off on a hike in the Jemez mountains to learn where our water comes from
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Sketching a wildflower so that we can identify it later
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Watching a coyote move through a meadow
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Setting up emergency shelters
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Students set up their shelters with very little help!
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Emergency shelters turned into emergency ponchos as a quick afternoon shower passed over
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Roasting marshmallows at our camp out
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S’mores are one of the best parts of camping out!
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Enjoying a night in the tent

We had a fantastic week of camp. Why can’t we do this every week? Thanks to The Pantry Restaurant for their generous sponsorship of this camp. We wouldn’t be able to do this without our sponsors!

We do have one more science camp taking place this summer at Heron Lake State Park near Tierra Amarilla, and this camp still has a few openings! If you know a child in the area who would like to participate, send them our way.

2016 Chama Summer Camp

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