The a bunch of kids at the park learned about where our water comes from, where it goes and how it gets cleaned in the process. To make this more understandable we did some filtration activities. First we simulated what water would have in it at the reservoir, the younger kids ran about and got sticks,seeds, dead and living leaves and grass and dumped it in our container of water. Then they chose from a selection of filtering mediums for the first filtration step, like the giant grate at the water treatment plant. They picked the netting from an onion bag. Then they used a metal mesh strainer. Once the large organic materials were removed, they used filter paper, cotton and paper towels. They figured out that the paper towel worked the best.
Are your kids or grandkids getting bored this summer? Well sign them up for Dr. Augie’s Nature and Writing Camp! It will be loads of smart fun, silly fun and just plain fun!
August 4-8, 2014
9am to 1:30pm Cost $175 or $35/day
You can print and mail the application or you can pick up an application at St. Mark’s Church office.
Students are taken on daily guided nature hikes, where we’ll explore the terrain and examine different kinds of local plant and animal life. Afterwards, everyone adjourns to the classroom to write a fictional story based on some of the flora and fauna we encountered that day.
Additionally will meet Mr. Horace Franklin Turtle and other live animals as we learn about invasive and native species. Ages 7-12.
Marcus read to us about the suns UV rays and why we should protect ourselves from too much sun. To test this we did a simple sunscreen experiment using Sunprint paper pdf here to see what strength of sunscreen works best, but our results were: the spray kind doesn’t work very well.
Our Nature & Writing summer camp takes place at St. Mark’s School in Pittsfield, MA August 4-8, 2014 and is run by experienced adult educators and professionals. The camp runs 9am to 1:30pm Cost $175 or $35/day.
Students will go on daily guided nature hikes, where we’ll explore the terrain and examine different kinds of local plant and animal life. Afterwards, everyone adjourns to the classroom to write a fictional story based on some of the flora and fauna we encountered that day. Additionally will meet Mr. Horace Franklin Turtle, bunnies, and other live animals as we learn about invasive and native species. Ages 7-12.
While we do our best to maintain the highest levels of cleanliness at all times, we give students a very hands on approach, and sometimes that gets messy.
To register for the above class contact: Lisa Provencher <Dr.Augies@gmail.com> or print out this Camp class application form.
For more information:http://draugies.wordpress.com/kid-programs/summer-classes/
I had the opportunity to get a sneak peek at the setting up of “The Caterpillar Lab” at the Berkshire Museum. Its the creation of Sam Jaffe, evolutionary biologist and educator. He told me all the cool and fascinating stuff about his caterpillars that he and his team caught or raised from eggs. They are all native, some common and others rarely seen.