Friday, July 27, 2012

Field Trip to Mason Sports Park

Earlier this week the summer campers went to Mason Sports Park.  They had a great time exploring this little gem in Mason...particularly the creek!  Thanks to a good rain a few days ago the creek level was perfect for hopping in with our rain boots.  We love any excuse to put our rain boots on and get messy!  Our little campers found all sorts of fun stuff in the creek area (see pictures below). After stomping around in the water they went for a walk on the trail, rolled down a huge hill, ate lunch in the picnic shelter, and had a blast playing on the playground equipment.  They even found some time to pick up some litter!

Having fun walking on the rocks in the creek.

The kids found all sorts of neat things in the creek. He called this his "clam shell."

The summer campers noticed this hibiscus while on a nature walk. 

The kids found a little enclosed area in the trees. They called it their campsite. 

Walking in the creek.

Throwing rocks in the creek.  

Listening to the different sounds the rocks make as they splash.

More rock tossing.

A heart-shaped rock!  "I'm taking this and painting it red for my mom and dad."  

Fun in the woods!

Heading back on the path to the picnic shelter.
Everyone was hungry after playing in the creek!

A little environmentalist at work...collecting litter in the park.
This field trip was a smashing success! Water to splash in, mud, treasures in the creek, a nature trail, a picnic in the shade, a huge hill to roll on, and a playground? Perfect day :)  

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Raptor, Inc.

Every year the children at Endeavor vote on an animal to adopt and sponsor. In the past we have adopted animals from the Cincinnati Zoo but this year the kids voted on sponsoring a raptor from Raptor, Inc.  Raptor, Inc. in Cincinnati has been out to our center a couple of times. They are a great local non-profit organization that helps rehabilitate birds of prey and educates the public about them.  

The majority of votes this year went to the American Kestrel. We just received our adoption certificate and photo of our raptor...isn't it beautiful?  

Raptor, Inc. will return to Endeavor Learning Center on August 7th.  We're looking forward to seeing more raptors!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The Greenhouse Project

Greg Phillips, a LEED accredited project manager/project architect, is going to be helping us with our hay bale greenhouse project. A few weeks ago he stopped by to talk to the children about greenhouses. He explained what they are, what they do, how they work, and why we use them.  We'll be breaking ground soon and getting the flooring down for the foundation.  Stay tuned for more updates!

Examples of types of greenhouses.
What do we need to make plants grow?

Looking for the perfect spot for our greenhouse.
Using masking tape to make a giant blueprint of the greenhouse.

Drawing a greenhouse.

Sketching ideas for the greenhouse design.

Recording design ideas for our greenhouse.  

Collecting designs and ideas.
The greenhouse will have a door for the kids and a bug door  too!

Various greenhouse designs.

Blueprint for the greenhouse (actual size).