We had an absolute blast during both of our School’s Out! camps this year, despite some wacky weather getting in our way.
For our February break, we took advantage of the warm weather early in the week to learn about some of our Animal Ambassadors outdoors, with help from fellow staffer Savannah Wilson, assisted by youth volunteer caretaker and porcupine expert, Alex Allmon.
We also learned about the process of maple sugaring for maple syrup production from another staff member, Matt Sacco, and we even tried our hand at tapping a few of the maple trees within our sugarbush.
A change in the weather brought us a winter wonderland by the end of the week, so the only thing to do was to build a snow fort!
For our March break, the (slightly) warmer weather allowed us to begin our search for spring life! When not working on our forest fortress, we took time to turn over the rotting logs around us to observe the diversity of life living beneath.
We found red backed salamanders, brown centipedes, a hibernating bald-faced hornet queen, red centipedes, and ground beetle larva!
We also kept our eyes peeled for scat and tracks from our resident wildlife (and found plenty of raccoon scat!) and we were happy to end our week on a high note by getting to observe a flight demonstration from Savannah and Ace, our Red-tailed hawk!
Our brief adventures outdoors has given us a taste of the summer to come and we very much look forward to the impending discoveries our vital landscape has to offer. We hope to see you all again in a few short months!