Did you know the water we drink today is the same water the dinosaurs swam in! This week we investigated the many forms water takes as it moves in and around our planet. Saw many wet and wild adventures as we explored our pond, the South Platte River, and all things aquatic!
Denver really read the memo this week when it came to the Water Works theme! On Monday we got wet in and outside of the river today with some classic summer rains and began learning about our watershed. We started by looking at where the South Platte River originates and how all that winter snow melt affects the water in our city. At critter crawl we learned how all critters need water, big and small. Did you know giraffes can go up to 3 weeks without water!
On Tuesday, more rain came through but that did not stop any of us from learning about how the city of Denver deals with snowmelt and rain throughout the summer with our special guests from Denver Water. Our special guests showed us with their amazing vacuum truck how they prevent trash from getting into the river. Our guests inspired us to come up with new ways to also help our waterways.
By Wednesday the sun peeked through for an amazing day outside learning and having fun discovering how much water animals need to survive. In our urban wilderness many of the plants and animals we encounter save water in many creative ways! We learned that even our rivers need different amounts of water to grow and change over the years as well.
On Thursday, we spent field day exploring and uncovering mysteries in our park! At critter crawl we made it into the river to find crawdads, leeches, and so much more. Getting to know our river inside and out helps us appreciate each and every unique critter we encounter, even some creepy critters… like snakes! Our very own Miss Destiny brought in her amazing Ball Python Slither to camp to show how some animals can survive days or even weeks without our most important resource, water.
On Friday, we snuck lots of fun activities in before the rain returned once again! Working together we learned how much water we use in just one day at camp and compared this to other animals that might need more or less. SPREE Force agent Drip Drop also taught us ways to conserve water. And we finished up a collaborative art project with all the campers on the most important parts of our park!