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Animal Planet day camp gives girls a real wildlife experience


Submitted by Tina Saunders Denver Metro

MONDAY – Had a WONDERFUL first day of our Animal Planet day camp in Westminster. Met some wonderful parents, volunteers, Program Aides and campers. The campers broke into their groups for the week, got to know each other, created patrol banners, discussed SWAP ideas, created their kaper charts and designed their field journals for the week. Thanks to JC Jackman for putting on such a GREAT performance! The kids loved it!! Afternoon snack was S’mores in a bag.

TUESDAY – day 2 of Animal Planet and we covered islands. The campers made bird masks, decorated dolphins, learned about habitats in the water through a dishpan tidal pool activity and explored an ecosystem trunk from The Wildlife Experience. For lunch we made walking tacos and in the afternoon we made Jell-o with gummy fish.

WEDNESDAY – day 3 of Animal Planet and it was rainforest day and so they made rainforests in a jar, we had a program kit from The Butterfly Pavilion and for crafts we had egg carton turtles, clay owls & toilet paper roll owls. For lunch we made cocoons (pigs in a blanket) and banana boats for lunch. We opened the day with the 6th grade girls teaching a healthy habit by teaching some yoga poses.

THURSDAY – day 4 of Animal Planet was desert day. They made animal track casts, painted wooden snakes and explored a trunk from The Wildlife Experience about camouflage. Lunch was pita pizzas and cake in an orange! YUM!

FRIDAY – Great last day of day camp. The girls received a copy of their group photo with JC Jackman for their frames, made clothes pin giraffes, learned about poachers with stuff from a Wildlife Experience trunk, and had a visitor from the Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. We had hamburgers & watermelon for lunch and pudding cones for snack. We did a habitat clean up through the park, exchanged SWAPS and signed T-shirts.

Every day we opened and closed with a flag ceremony and announcements. Morning snacks were either fruit or something like crackers or pretzels. We also shared information about animals key to these areas and found fun games to play that were different every day so that they were learning new games.

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