An event every day that begins at 1:00pm, repeating until Thursday, February 22, 2018
This 3-day nature camp is designed to introduce children (ages 4 to 7) to the outdoor wonders in winter.
The series will be led by veteran environmental educator Andrew Prazar of North Shore Nature Programs, who, with a Master’s degree in environmental education, has been facilitating children’s environmental education for over ten years.
Each day will run from 1 to 5 p.m. Children will observe natural marvels outdoors along with periodic activities inside the farmhouse.
The enrollment will be limited to 12 children per day. Each child will have ample amounts of adult supervision. Andrew will have the support of an ifarm staff member to ensure the student to teacher ratio is never more than 6 to 1. A minimum enrollment of 5 students per day is required for the program to take place.
Camp Day Descriptions:
Winter Tracking (February 20, 2018)
After listening to a story about tracking an animal through the woods, the children will learn more about animal tracks and animal sign. First, participants will learn how different groups of animals move and then look at pictures and moulds of animal prints as well as other animal artifacts. Finally, we will head outside and look for tracks (if there’s snow) or animal sign (if the ground is bare). We are certain to find evidence of the myriad animals that make Massachusetts home and each child will undoubtedly head home with a story to tell.
Finding Food (February 21, 2018)
Finding food in the dead of winter can be a challenge. Herbivores struggle to find anything green and carnivores often have to labor through deep snow to catch their prey. During this afternoon, we will look for signs of where and what carnivores (owl pellets, bones, scat) and herbivores (browse, bark scrapings) have been eating. We will even see if we can find a few tasty treats for humans!
Warming up in Winter (February 22, 2018)
Would you be able to survive a winter without a house to keep you warm? The animals that live in New England can! We will learn the many adaptations these animals have developed and their different strategies for warming up, then head into the woods to create our own winter shelters!