That's a wrap on our second and final week of Junior Naturalist Camp! This week was for kids in 6th and 7th grade and similar to the first Junior Naturalist Camp held a couple of weeks earlier, we were able to learn about the museum’s collections and research, and how they are beneficial to our life. The kids' time was split between visiting Thanksgiving Point and Monte L. Bean Life Science. In terms of their time at our museum, the kids had the opportunity to collect insects and plants for their very own collections. With all the necessary gear, we packed up to visit South Fork and Aspen Grove to find the specimens we needed. It took great skill and concentration for the campers to collect what they needed for their collections.
The following day at our museum included preparing their specimens by gluing and mounting their finds from the field trip. They also experienced V.I.P. access into the museum collections to see how professionals work with research collections on a daily basis.
Finally, on their last day, they were able to present their collections along with all of their research to the public with the use of posters, presentations, and microscopes. Patrons of the museum were able to come and listen to the camper's research presentations and enjoy their hard work.
These campers are on the road to becoming some top notch researchers! We thoroughly enjoyed working with them and hope they continue the road to learning and discovering the wonders of our planet. See you next year for more Junior Naturalist Camp!