Camp participants spend an afternoon playing in Abiquiu lake. Courtesy image
New Mexico Wildlife Center’s First Summer Science Camp
Submitted through the Abiquiu News by Christy Wall.
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ABIQUIU – Last week 10 local students in 4th-6th grades joined staff of New Mexico Wildlife Center (NMWC) for a week-long science camp at Abiquiu Lake. We hiked along the Rio Chama and identified as many life forms as we could find. We studied density and buoyancy and built sailboats. We were loaned life jackets from the US Army Corps of Engineers at Abiquiu Lake (It’s free!) and kayaked and canoed around the lake. We learned how to tie some really important knots. One camper even learned to swim!
left Summer Science Camp participants in front of our boats. right Canoeing across Abiquiu Lake
On Thursday night, we spent the night at the campground. Several parents joined us, and after a gorgeous sunset, we roasted hot dogs, cooked s’mores, and watched the moons of Jupiter, and Saturn’s rings, through a telescope. For a few students it was their first night in a tent. We fell asleep to the calls of a Great Horned Owl and a distant pack of coyotes.
above Campers look at the rings of Saturn during the camp out
The point of this camp is to allow our kids to learn science as it relates to the beautiful place we live. NMWC works with many area schools to bring place-based, hands-on science to the classroom. We were able to offer this camp to local kids thanks to a generous sponsor- The Pantry Restaurant in Santa Fe. The next time you eat there, be sure to tell the owners “thank you” for helping our local kids learn science!
If you want to keep up with science education at NMWC, check out our blog: http://nmwceducation.org/
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