Wildlife Adventures Spring Break Camp

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!

Making Crafts

Making Craft Animals

Works of Art

Works of Art

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.

On a hike

On a hike

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.

Kids having fun outside

Kids having fun outside

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!

Leave No Trace Graduates

Leave No Trace Graduates

Hands on History

Hands on History

Atlatl Class

Atlatl Class

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.

Wild Edibles

Wild Edibles

The kids cooked lunch

The kids cooked lunch

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.

Thank you cards from the kids

Thank you cards from the kids

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/

Or on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Chinsegut-Conservation-Center/103720663057983

For more photos visit: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150882083591982.521532.123289366981&type=3

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About notacluegal

Jeanene was born in Pittsburgh, PA. As a young child her family was very active in the outdoors. Things changed when her parents decided to travel down different paths in life and with that decision so went many of the opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Being lucky to live in the suburbs Jeanene always had a backyard to play in and loved being outdoors. As the years passed she took every opportunity to be outdoors. She bought land in Tennessee and as a single mom moved her young daughter to the mountains. The were many life lessons learned on that mountain. There was no plumbing on the property – or even a house, but that did not stop her. She learned to live off of what was available and built her own cabin from the trees on her property. Those were rough years but the most rewarding. Now Jeanene resides in Tampa, Fl. and works as an office manager full time….but still yeans to be outdoors. Jeanene started “Not a Clue Adventures” to teach everyone she could how wonderful the outdoors are! That camping and fishing and hiking can be done by everyone and at many different levels. Single mom’s no longer have to be afraid to take their sons and daughters outdoors. By working with young couples, single parents and even seniors, she gets to teach others about her love for the outdoors and hopes to open their eyes to new adventures. In 2009, Jeanene completed certification as a Leave No Trace Instructor. She also works closely with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) and the Florida State Parks. Jeanene is also certified in First Aid/Adult CPR.
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