And Then There Was Camp Again


On Monday I got the chance to collaborate with two other LHIPsters, Tangy of Public Affairs and Alejandro of Rocky Mountain National Park. We joined forces to educate Latinos and Native American Indian youth on what beauties the national parks have to offer. I talked about geology, Tangy facilitated along with teaching them about some animals, and Alejandro went into detail about predator and prey and their effect on the food chain. It was a wonderful experience! The youth were very interested in what we had to teach them and, overall, enjoyed it.

The rest of the week I was back with my camp kids. The Boys and Girls Club from Colorado Springs came up with a second group; most of the kids were new, but we had some returnees. We’re always trying to come up with new ways to make the camp more exciting. This time, on Wednesday, we took them to a volunteer who used to be a professor of geology with an interest in mineralogy, to help the campers out with their inventory and monitoring sheets. The professor was able to provide a lot of useful insight for the campers, and the more rewarding part was that the campers had great questions to ask him!

The highlight of the week is always when we take them down to the Fossil Quarry. We got there just as they brought fresh piles of shale to split open. Most of the rocks were still too wet to split, but the owners were nice enough to let the campers take some home to let them dry and split them at home. One camper we nicknamed the “leaf king” as he kept finding almost-perfect to perfect leaf fossils.

Next week have a new group of students from Cripple Creek that we are excited to meet!

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