Monday: 2D Art
Campers started off the week with 2-dimensional art. First, we tried our hand at some photography! Campers used disposable cameras (a new skill for many!) to take photos of inspiring nature in the park for use in a project later in the week after the pictures get developed.
Next, we made two kinds of chalk to use at camp and take home! We made bright colors of wet chalk paint out of cornstarch and food coloring to make a mural on the wall behind camp.
To wrap up our day, campers started work on an individual or group art piece. We talked about the process of making art, brainstorming ideas, and getting a start on our ideas and supply lists.
We returned our climbing gear, and ran for shelter to eat our lunch. The rain quickly cleared, and we joined back with our friends from WRV and CPW for the second part of our day: trail building! We began with a project that involved shovels, wheelbarrows, and dirt tampers. We transferred dirt down trail in order to even out the trail surface. This made this popular section of the trail safer and more accessible for visitors.
After transferring the truckload of dirt, we switched gears – and tools – and travelled further along Boulder Creek for our next project. With shears, we carefully cut willows along the creek bank so we could replant them further downstream. To prep the cut willows, we removed any leaves so that when the newly planted willows began to regrow, they could focus all of their energy on growing roots, instead of maintaining their leaves. We carried the cut willows in water to a location further along the trail, and replanted the willow stalks right in the water, on the edge of the creek. To make holes for the willow stalks, we pounded stakes into the ground, and then simply placed the stalks in the hole. Once the willows take root, they will help with erosion along the banks.