On Thursday, the campers were tasked with a mission to solve a mystery about an unknown animal that left some marks in the mud at the park. We had it narrowed down to three possible critters- a scaly snake, a furry fox, and a feathered burrowing owl. In order to solve the mystery, the campers first had to learn more about these animals and their unique body coverings.
As part of our fur investigation, we first did an experiment to learn about fur’s insulative abilities. We put hot water in two jars and took the temperature. One jar we covered with a lid and left as is, the other we put in a box and stuffed some cottonballs around it to act like fur. We later took the temperatures again and discovered the insulated one was significantly warmer than the other! While we waited for our experiment to set, we investigated many furs and pelts of Colorado animals!
On Friday we continued our fur, feathers, and scales theme.
The furry focus of the day was on Beavers! They have two layers of fur- one is fluffy and warm, and the other, they can coat in oil and have it waterproof while they are swimming! We got to investigate a beaver pelt and feel the two different layers of fur. We also did an experiment with oil and water we put together in a jar to see how they do not mix! Next, we learned all about beavers’ building skills and the difference between their lodge homes and dams. To help demonstrate, we built our own mini beaver homes!
To wrap up the day, we combined all of our knowledge about fur, feathers, and scales into one! Each camper was given a unique habitat description and had to invent a new animal that could survive in that habitat. Some animals had fur, some had feathers, some had scales, and some had all three!