Wildlife Adventure Spring Break Camp
Chinsegut Conservation Center Brooksville, Florida
March 2012I was offered the opportunity to assist the FWC Staff with the Spring Break Camp at Chinsegut and was excited about the opportunity to help out! I was scheduled to teach Leave No Trace and Primitive Chef to a group of kids 7-12 years old. I also got to help out with a couple other classes!
We had 11 kids in summer camp and they learned all about wildlife, different environments and even a bit about Florida History during the days they spent with us.
They got a wonderful class from Ellie Willingham of Willingham’s Taxidermyall about mammals; she shared furs and skulls with them. After that these kids needed to run off some energy so we all went on a hike and looked at tracks from different local animals on the trails around Chinsegut. After they all got to make a craft which kept them quite busy. The kids were overjoyed when the local resident wild turkeys came up to the back window to do a bit of courting with each other. With their crafts all put up to display during the weekends Wildlife and Birding Festival, they headed home.
I did not help on Tuesday but on Wednesday morning everyone arrived and we got started introducing the youth to the principles of Leave No Trace. Most of these youth were very attentive and picked up on all the principles quickly. We then took a hike and put some of those principles to use. At the end of the day all the youth had earned their certificates and could not wait to go home to show their parents! After group photos were taken they said their goodbyes and headed home. This was going to be a busy week!
Thursday was a full day of learning. The kids learned about foods from the forest that they could buy in the grocery store, we taught them about many wild edibles, the primitive chef class was a blast! We let the kids cook us lunch. We had a mixed greens wild edible salad, root beer and sassafras, Dutch oven pizza, baked ziti and mixed berry cobbler. The kids even learned to make butter! After lunch they were given a class in Florida Archeology. They learned about artifacts, and the atlatl. Soon we had them all out trying to through the atlatl and they all got to make their own design out of clay.
It was wonderful working with all of these kids. They were so full of energy and eager to learn. We hoped that many of them would come out the next day with their families to the Wildlife and Birding Festival to show off their artwork.
I look forward to volunteering for this event again!
For more information on Chinsegut Conservation Center visit them online http://myfwc.com/education/outdoor-skills/chinsegut/
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