On Tuesday, a team of educators and camp counselors took a short bus ride with the campers to the Bateman Center, where they went on a scavenger hunt, learning fun facts about the Wildlife Refuge. Campers watched a video about the wild ponies of Assateague Island and other animals that inhabit the area before hiking the Assateague Lighthouse Trail to see some of these animals for themselves.
On their walk over, campers were tasked with identifying 50 signs of life. This "bio blitz" challenged the students to look closely for anything that indicated that an animal was in the area or had been: spider webs, footprints, even a mosquito buzzing by. Sometimes, this meant simply closing your eyes and listening for the chirp of a bird or a clicking of a bug.
After a long swim and time to change into dry clothes, it was back to the Field Station for much-needed showers. No one ever said marine science and hands-on education was a clean experience, but it sure is fun!