Summer is a wonderful time for exploration around Chaffee County; it’s a great time to use our imaginations, build forts, look a grasshopper in the eyes under a magnifying glass, hike to alpine ponds, find pet worms, feed trout, get muddy, and eat cattails. Nature Camp this summer offered these opportunities and many more over 6 weeks through our two camps: Nature’s Scientists (ages 8 to 11) and Nature’s Explorers (ages 5 to 7).
We had a great summer learning about different life zones such as wetlands at Mount Ouray State Wildlife Area, the meadows at Hutchinson Ranch, the subalpine at Monarch Mountain and riparian and river habitats at Poncha Creek picnic site.
It’s a wonderful experience for campers to spend an entire day outdoors. While exploring, playing games, and participating in hands on activities, campers grow in knowledge, but also grow in independence, build curiosities, and make great friendships.
Thanks to all the families who participated this summer; we are already looking forward to 2018! And a big thank you to our summer intern, Claire Patton, for bringing energy and leading the best games. Thank you also to the Mt Shavano Fish Hatchery volunteers for sharing their enthusiasm as always!