the building challenge
Week 2 included 3 hours of rain for our Dive Into Nature program. But they were troopers!
On our way past the big pond, we saw the damage that warm weather can do to the sunfish in the pond. Because the weather was so warm on the last weekend, the plant life, algae, and decomposing plant life sucked so much oxygen from the pond that there wasn't enough for all of the fish to survive. This doesn't happen every spring. We talked about how we enjoy when the weather gets warm, but sometimes things in nature can't keep up - like these fish.
We walked to our base camp, and were introduced to a "building challenge." In small groups, we made forts, using natural materials from the forest + a tarp + Stick-let connecting pieces. It was great to see the variety of structures and imagine which ones would keep us dry at night (and which ones would be cozy homes for animals)!
As we explored and built, we continued to find fungi and small creatures in the woods.
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