This summer, we launched our first Summer Adventure Camp here at the Morris Arboretum. Headed up by our Education Intern, Bekka Schultz, kids ages 6-8 are gathering here to learn more about nature, plants and gardening. Today, the "Arboretum Adventurers" learned about where our food comes from at a garden plot at Bloomfield Farm and talked about the interactions between people, plants and animals as they built terrariums.
A better look inside a terrarium where the ideas of ecosystem and habitat are introduced.
Although I was sweating up a storm taking pictures and learning about silly bandz, kids buzzed around, water bottles in hand, unscathed by the heat under a sheltered area here at the Arboretum. The week has been full of games and activities that have been enjoyed by everyone, infused with educational components consistent with Morris Arboretum's mission that promotes an understanding of the relationship between plants, people and place.
Bekka and Brian introduce an activity where they will paint a flower pot and then learn how to plant, water and take care of plants:
This year's camp, although the first, was completely sold out and judging by what I saw today during my visit, seems like a total success.
For more information on the Summer Adventure Camp and inquiries for the possibility of camp next summer, click here.