Summer Science Camp #3

Our summer camp at Heron Lake was a new addition to our summer camp line up this year, and it was a great success! We had eight fantastic kids from Chama and Tierra Amarilla who joined us to learn about science and enjoy the habitats of Heron Lake State Park.

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Introductions

We spent Monday and Tuesday at Heron Lake State Park, learning about our surroundings and the ecosystem. Of course, we played in the lake quite a bit.

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Exploring the different types of trees found at Heron Lake State Park
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Kids get very excited about identifying scat!
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We spent plenty of time enjoying the cool waters of the lake.
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Learning to tie a new knot

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Creating a compass scavenger hunt after learning to use compasses
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This group was excellent at teamwork! Carrying boats to the water is hard work.
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Gearing up for a canoe excursion
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Tying up a canoe with the knot we just learned
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Watching an osprey from the Heron Lake State Park Visitor Center
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Learning about skull identification at the Heron Lake State Park Visitor Center
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Practicing building emergency shelters

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On Wednesday we headed north to the high country to visit the headwaters of the Rio Chama and discuss watersheds.

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Hiking into the high country north of Chama
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Learning how to cross a creek without getting your shoes wet
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The “real” emergency shelter, built in the mountains!

On Thursday and Friday we returned to Heron Lake. We had an exciting camp out on Thursday night, complete with hot dogs, s’mores, and a telescope (through which we were able to see Saturn’s rings)!

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Taking a break from the hot sun by painting
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Setting up tents

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We had a fantastic week. We are so grateful to our friends at Heron Lake State Park for helping us make this camp a reality, as well as to Century Bank for sponsoring this camp so that we could offer it at a price our campers’ families could afford!