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Summer Camp

We just wrapped up our first week here at Elephant Tree Nature Camp. It's crazy how quickly those 5 days flew by! We still have some spaces left in our other camps as well. If you are interested in sending your child to summer camp at the Arboretum, here is a brief overview of what happens each week.

The Elephant Tree Nature Camp is perfect for any kids who enjoy playing outside, learning about the natural world, and making new friends. Every day, we go on a hike, visit our fish pond, play games, learn about our topic for the day, and made a craft. Camp is rain or shine, so unless it's storming, we try to spend as much time as possible learning and playing outside. Our preschooler camps are from 9am – 12pm with the option of staying an hour for lunch. In addition to preschool camps, we offer camps for Kindergarten to 2nd graders that go from 9am – 2pm. Check the calendar on our website to see the dates for all our camps.

This past week was "Winged Things," so we learned all about – you guessed it – different animals with wings. On Monday, we talked about birds and how they use their feathers. We made paper birds with flapping wings. (Crafts are pictured below). Tuesday, campers learned about birds of prey and the different ways they fly. We spent some time running around and learning to fly like hawks, eagles, falcons, and vultures. Wednesday was butterflies, so we acted out the life cycle of a monarch butterfly together and played a relay game to assemble butterfly puzzles. We also made tie-dye butterflies using coffee filters. Thursday was rainy, but that didn't stop our fun! We learned about insects with wings and visited the greenhouse to look for insects with magnifying lenses. Friday's weather was so nice that we decided to eat our snack outside! We learned about bats and went on a hike around the Arboretum to find our 2 bat boxes.

Teachers, counselors, and children alike had so much fun last week, and we can't wait to keep the fun going for the rest of summer! We hope that you'll join in with us! Who knows, you just might meet your new best friend.