The Preserve welcomed thirteen active campers for its annual week-long Summer Safari.
This year’s theme was Sustainability and Conservation, and Education Officer Courtney Kemp gave the group five fun-filled days of learning and exploration. They began with a tour of the Levy Preserve and a lesson on national parks and their contributions to conservation. The second day the group partnered with The Island School for a guided tour of the campus and a scavenger hunt which led campers to all the different buildings and facilities on the property. The group learned about the sustainable ways Island School produces power, fuel and food and its conservation research.
Once back at the Preserve they toured the weather station and were later challenged to build their own solar ovens using pizza boxes, foil and a few skewers. They successfully cooked s’mores in their “ovens” which were powered by the sun. On Day 4 the team headed north to visit the Hatchet Bay Caves and Sweeting’s Pond. After an overview of the history and geology of the caves, into the Pond they went for a brief snorkeling exercise and lesson about the special biology of the seahorses and other fish that reside in the pond. They also discussed why special historical and biological spaces should be protected for the future and their potential contributions to the economy, tourism, science and education in the country.
On the last day campers spent the morning with volunteer and 2018 Preserve intern, Kianna Dean, who gave an art lesson on upcycled crafts. Each camper made a planter out of recycled plastic cups and natural materials, which they got to take home.
Thank you to LLNPP staff and volunteers. See you again in 2020!