Summer Day Camp Blog

At Home in a Habitat

August 12-16 2019

This week at Preschool camp, we focused on the different habitats that are around Audubon.  We also learned what you need for a habitat; “Food, water, shelter, space, makes a happy living place,” (a song we learned on Monday and kept singing throughout the whole week!).

On Monday, we traveled through our forest habitat and searched for animals that would live in a forest. We found squirrels, chipmunks, birds, and more! The forest has many critters homes that are hard to see if you’re not searching for them.

Tuesday was focused on our aquatic habitats; we traveled right away to Beaver Pond and made some beaver dams, lodges, and found SO MANY CRICKETS! Near the end of our time, there Benny the Beaver made a guest appearance and taught us about being a beaver and about their habitats in a pond.  We then had lunch at the brook and enjoyed exploring the cool water.  We ended our water adventures at the Huntington River searching for more aquatic friends.

Building beaver dams at Beaver Pond! Photo: Audubon Vermont
Photo: Audubon Vermont
Benny the Beaver came to visit and teach us about their habitat! Photo: Audubon Vermont

Wednesday was all about birds! We looked for birds in the morning and built and enormous eagles nest at forest camp that is 10ft in diameter.  Another friend, Benny the Bluebird, visited us and taught us about their feathers, their special hollow bones, and their beaks.  In the afternoon, we learned more about bird beaks and did an activity that taught us why different birds have different beaks.

Thursday, we explored the world of insects.  We searched in Peeper Pond field for our insect friends, found moths, butterflies, grasshoppers, leafhoppers, etc.  In the afternoon, Benny the Butterfly visited us and taught us about being a butterfly and its habitat.  In the afternoon, we investigated a rotting log and found so many creepy crawling critters!

Benny the Butterfly! Photo: Audubon Vermont
Photo: Audubon Vermont

Friday we learned about plants and their habitats.  We made terrariums, and Benny the Buttercup flower visited us.  We learned that not all plants need full sun or super wet soil, but they make food from the sun light and need water that their roots drink up. We then enjoyed free play at Forest Camp and a walk through the garden for seeds!

All week we worked on our people habitat, Audubon City too!

Photo: Audubon Vermont

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