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!
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.
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!
From July 6-10, NMWC hosted our second summer camp of the year. This camp was sponsored and hosted by Owl Peak Farm in La Madera, NM. We had another fantastic group of local kids, and we learned a lot of science during the week.
A local farm is a fantastic place to hold a summer camp, and it provides ample opportunities to study plants and what they need to grow.
We even got to help out on the farm a little!
Owl Peak Farm sits on the Tusas River, which gave us ample opportunity to discuss the ins and outs of riparian ecosystems, the importance of benthic macroinvertebrates, and the effects of beaver.
Of course, not all of New Mexico is wetland, so we had to explore a nearby arroyo.
In this arroyo, we talked about geology. We noticed that some of the rocks looked like animals, so we took a few back to the farm and embellished them.
On hot afternoons, we got to swim in the pool below El Ojito hot springs- it was a real treat!
We practice tying knots on several days. One morning we hiked up behind the farm and discussed emergency shelters. This was particularly fun because it involved very little participation from the adults. Campers had to figure it out using their new knots!
Everybody did a great job, and we enjoyed lunch in our little shelters.
The entire experience was incredibly fun for everybody involved. On the last day, we reviewed everything we discussed, and the campers remembered all of the science that we learned over the week.
We had a fantastic time, and we’re very grateful to Owl Peak Farm for supporting and hosting this 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).
Each day students learned a new aspect of science: identifying local plants and animals or learning about density and buoyancy.
We also learned some important skills, like knot tying, how to canoe and kayak, and for one participant, how to swim.
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!
On Thursday night, a few parents joined us, and we spent the night at Abiquiu Lake.
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.
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.
It was a fantastic week, and we’re looking forward to offering this camp on more than one week next year!