The Greenway Leadership Corps (GLC) had a fun couple of events to finish off the summer and get going with the start of school!
In August, we met up at Grant Frontier Park to test our balance with Stand Up Paddleboarding – often known as SUPing. We all had a great time, and were fortunate enough to have the Colorado SUP Club there to share their gear and teach us the ins and outs of SUPing! After we got the hang of the boards, we moved back to land to clean up the park. We collected trash that we found around Grant Frontier, making the park cleaner and safer for future users!
After gathering knowledge and inspiration, campers focused their creativity on a fall tree craft. These simple crafts can be created out of brown lunch bags, and construction paper scraps. Some campers added a variety of fall leaf colors, and other decided to design their trees with some snow- hopefully we don’t see that too soon in our city!
We’re happy the weather was warm and sunny so that campers could get into the River for our favorite activity- critter crawl! The macroinvertebrates in our River seemed to be happy about the weather as well, because they were easy to find and we caught a lot! Our River friends use trees in many ways- trees & the shade they provide creates a stable temperature environment for the fish and macros that live in our city. Trees also help to keep the ground along the River in place!
We ended our day breaking down trees. We looked at tree “cookies” and learned about the different parts of the tree that are inside the trunk. Some campers took on the challenge of counting tree rings to see how old the tree was!
The final challenge of the day was to create a living tree constructed using the campers themselves! Campers broke down the different parts of tree, and using their bodies along with some movements and sound effects. How do you think we look?