We are excited to welcome another week of campers to MSI. All of our campers are entering 2nd-5th grade this week and they are enjoying having so many peers around. We have three groups: Bay Naturalists (our camp pros–for returning campers only!), Ocean Explorers “Shark Group” and “Ray Group”. Today all three groups are on site and MSI is a busy place.
Our Bay Naturalists are learning about being a naturalist today. A naturalist is similar to a scientist with a few key differences. Naturalists observe nature around them and interpret and communicate their ideas, usually with the purpose of conservation or stewardship. Our Naturalist campers are learning all about recording their observations and using many senses to make detailed observations of the bay animals that they are seeing today. They can continue to practice being naturalists wherever they go with their own naturalist kit.
Create a journal by stapling or tying pages together and decorating the cover, you may want to add a pocket in the cover for found items. In your kit include tools for being a naturalist such as a magnifying glass, guide book to plants and animals, a pencil, crayons to make rubbings, and a small Tupperware for found objects.
Once you have your journal and tools, you can be a naturalist everywhere you go! Practice noticing and recording your observations. Remember, recording may be words, sentences, drawings, diagrams, rubbings, or any number of other ways to remember and communicate what you experience.
Our Ocean Explorers are all learning about our “Water World”. They are studying the world’s oceans and how the water flows from the sky through the land and all over the globe–even to the deep sea where we can see some bizzarre creatures with amazing adaptations. The Ocean Explorers are also learning about some other ocean explorers that migrate across and around the globe in the oceans, including marine mammals. Our campers are learning about the many adaptations that make life in the ocean habitat possible such as blubber.
You can demonstrate the insulating power of blubber at home with your very own “blubber glove”.
Materials: lard (or some shortener), two plastic bags or plastic gloves, tape
Make a glove: Fill one plastic bag or glove with lard, about 1/3 full. Nest the second bag or glove inside, creating a barrier between your hand and the lard. Tape the inner bag and outer bag along the edges so that the lard doesn’t leak.
Try it out! Put one hand directly into a bowl of ice water and put another hand in the blubber glove into the water—feel the difference?