Goal of the Camp: The main goal of this camp is for kids to understand what being a naturalist is and what skills are needed to become one. To be a naturalist one must be able to communicate information effectively, have exceptional public speaking skills, and have a understanding of the natural word. By taking this camp, children will learn these skills that will enrich them whether or not they decide to become a educator or not. By the end of this week the young naturalists will be able to lead their very own naturalist lessons to both their peers and adults! As with any camp, another goal is for kids to find new friends and have a great time.
Overview of Individual Days:
Day 1: What is a Naturalist? On this first day students will begin by playing some icebreaker games so they are able to learn more about each other. After they have learned some things about each other they will be introduced to what a naturalist is, what they do, and skills needed to be one. After that they will play a variety of educational, nature orientated games/activities which is supposed to show that learning can be fun. After going on a awesome hike where they will be exposed to another aspect of what a naturalist does, they will play some more games. Then debrief on what they learned that day and what they can expect in the future.
Day 2: Fauna/animal day On this day we will be having professional naturalists come in and teach the young naturalists lessons about Fauna or animals. They will do a variety of activities such as birding, fishing, going on a hike, games, as well as learning how to track animals, alongside some arts and crafts activities. In each age appropriate lesson the children will learn some sort of new fact or information about animals.
Day 3: Flora/the rocky planet On this day the kids will focus on doing activities about plants, rocks, and water. Joined by another naturalist the children will embark on a exciting day learning about flora and the inorganic parts of the planet.
Day 4: Storytelling/public speaking skills One of the most critical aspects to being a successful naturalist is being able to speak in public. This skill is useful for many aspects of life, not just for being a naturalist. We will be doing theatre games and practicing various storytelling techniques so that by the end of the day the campers will be able to present the information they have learned with confidence.
Day 5: Show us your naturalist skills! It has all come to this. On this last day of camp the young naturalists will be putting everything they have learned to the test. The two age groups will teach each other than at the end of the day they will put on a lesson for their parents.
Participants meet at the Gunnison Library (307 N Wisconsin) at 9 am. Pick-up is at 4 pm. Most activities are held at Coldharbour Ranch, with other field trips around the Valley.
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