Summers are a whirlwind at every environmental education center and we are no exception. We held four weeks of camp: two partnered with Catlin Gabel and two organized in-house. We had four camp counselors, two managers, one volunteer, and 90 kids. It was our third summer on Topaz Farm and running programs with Covid-19 safety measures in place.
Due to the excessive heat this summer we were forced to reduce several days to half days and even cancel the last two days of week four. We acknowledge the hardship this places on parents and our staff but we hope to keep the safety of our community at the forefront.
Although we were challenged by the heat, we had a fun summer! We used the cooler mornings to water, tend, weed, and taste from our Grow Lunch Garden. We played ecological modeling games such as Decomposer Tag and Stealth Camouflage. We spent hot afternoons in the sprinkler and making habitats under the shady oak tree. We illustrated parts of plants and pollinators with watercolors and made collages from seeds.
We’re looking forward to next year!