Whether you prefer to actively seek out creatures in their natural habitat or make observations from afar, these camps provide students with unmatched hands on experiences. Read more about each camp below, and see what we’ve been up to this week:
Dangerous Creatures and Ocean Predators
The campers succeeded in pulling in three of the four creatures, all except the stingray. They took back a variety of other types of fish to study in the lab, including flounder, a seahorse, a sea star (not to be confused with a Sea S.T.A.R. Intern) a puffer fish, and other types of organisms common to the bay.
Later in the week campers visited Wallops Island in pursuit of sharks and rays, engaged in an intellectual debate about top predators, and created their own dangerous creatures.
Junior Naturalist Camp
Throughout the week, campers learned about barrier island ecology on Chincoteague, Assateague and Wallops Islands. They got their feet wet in the intertidal zone and got muddy in the marsh. The Junior Naturalists were challenged to make comparisons when they visited Kiptopeke State Park (located on the Chesapeake Bay) where they seined for organisms. The week also included a bird hike at the Refuge and a nocturnal beach exploration. The Eastern Shore has so many amazing natural spaces and with just a week it's difficult to see everything the Shore has to offer, but our junior naturalists definitely got the grand tour!
Today all three of our summer camp groups - Coastal Art, Junior Naturalist, and Dangerous Creatures are enjoying a beach part on Assateague Island before parting ways! We look forward to having many campers back again next summer!