Camp photos from the overnight

Above: Getting ready to drive to the overnight. Lots of ukuleles.

Above: Setting up tents.

Above: Relaxing in a hammock.

Above: Time for drawing.

Above: Cooking dinner.

Above: Eating dinner.

Above: On the after dinner hike.

Above: Campfire.

Above: 6 a.m. hike (only 3 of us got up early enough to go).

Above: Cooking breakfast.

Above: Breaking camp. The wolf got to ride down, everyone else had to walk.

Camp photos from Thursday

Above: The Sea Otters (youngest group) learning how to use a solar oven.

Above: The Gray Foxes (middle group) practicing setting up the big tent the morning before the overnight.

Above: Louisa, one of our junior counselors, showed the campers how to make dream catchers.

Camp photos from Tuesday

Photos from the second day of Ecojustice Camp:

Above: Hiking in to Ulistac Natural Area in Santa Clara.

Above: Looking and listening for birds at Ulistac.

Above: Lorraine, our camp plant biologist, talking about native and non-native plants at Ulistac.

Above: Playing the Food Chain Game, a fun way of learning about two ecological concepts: energy flow and bioaccumulation or toxins.

Camp photos from Monday

Learning how to cook eggs on a camp stove. The campers will be cooking for themselves on the overnight (with adult help, of course), and this is practice cooking for breakfast.

Cleaning dishes after cooking eggs.

Nancy Neff, our native plants expert, showing campers some of the many native plants on campus.

Thanks, Emily, for the photos!

Packing list for 2018 overnight

What To Pack for an Overnight Camping Trip for Ecojustice Camp 2018

Camping gear:
___ Pack or duffel bag
___ Knife, fork, spoon, and/or chopsticks
___ Cup, bowl
___ Water bottle
___ Flashlight or headlamp

Repair kit (OPTIONAL) with:
___ safety pins
___ cord or spare shoelaces
___ rubber bands or some duct tape
___ extra batteries for flashlight

Personal items:
___ Complete change of clothing
___ underwear and socks
___ shirt and pants
___ Extra pair of socks
___ Pajamas, or t-shirt and shorts to sleep in
___ Toiletries kit with:
___ sunscreen
___ toothbrush
___ comb or hairbrush !toothbrush and toothpaste !soap, washcloth
___ facial tissue (“Kleenex”)
___ personal medications

Personal sleep gear:
___ Sleeping bag, OR two or three blankets pinned together
___ Pad for sleeping
___ Waterproof ground cloth (ONLY if you want to sleep without a tent)
___ Pillow (or fold up some clothing for a pillow)

Optional gear:
___ Personal first aid kit with a few Band-aids & alcohol prep pads
___ Field notebook, pencil or pen
___ Map and compass
___ Field guides, nature books
___ Binoculars, magnifying glass
___ Insect repellent

— We will have group tents (one for boys, one for girls, as mandated by our fiscal sponsor’s safety policy). If you want to bring your own tent to sleep in, go right ahead, there’s plenty of room at our campsite for lots of tents.
— If you prefer to sleep out under the stars, be sure to bring a waterproof ground cloth to lay your sleeping bag on.

Info for 2018 camp

Hi campers and staff, Ecojustice Camp 2018 starts up on June 11, and we’re really looking forward to seeing you all!

Critical information:

1. What to bring:
Everyone should have a water bottle (we plan to use NO bottled water this year).
Everyone should bring sunscreen.
A day pack to carry water, lunch, and sunscreen is really helpful.

2. Lunch and snack:
Camp provides morning snack, those staying all day should bring their own lunch (except camp will provide lunch on Friday for those staying on the Thursday overnight).

3. Overnight:
For those going on the overnight, see the separate post with a packing list.

More information:

A. Again this year, we received a grant to give out field guides to kids:
Older campers (plus junior counselors) will receive a copy of the Audubon Field Guide to California (great book with lots of photos).
Younger campers will receive: On Beyond Bugs, and I Can Name 50 Trees.

B. Field trips for older campers (gr. 2 and up):
Tuesday: Ullstac Open Space Preserve, Santa Clara
Wednesday: Pescadero State Beach
Thursday: Sanborn County Park (where we’re going to camp out)

Nature Camp, last day photos

The pace on the last day of Nature Camp is always a little slower, because everyone is a little tired from a week of outdoors activities. We got to spend time in a tent today, and Kris explained to us why you should never bring food into a tent: it’s messy, and it can attract unwanted wildlife like bears and raccoons. The campers were interested to learn about this and other tent lore (and when they are old enough to attend the gr. 2-5 camp, they’ll go on a overnight trip, and use their knowledge about tents).

We had a leisurely snack time….

We finished making the leaf medallions. Yesterday, the campers had found a leaf and pressed it into “Sculpey,” which Kris had baked overnight so that it was hard. Today, the campers applied some green acrylic paint, then wiped it off the high parts so that the color seeped into the depressions left by the veins of the leaves. Lots of fun, and each camper wound up with a cool medallion to wear around their necks!

Nature Camp, day four photos

Today was cooking day. We learned about campfire safety, and we got to watch Dan build a fire in the firepit:

We mad s’mores in a solar oven. Yum!

We learned how to cook scrmabled eggs on a campstove. Each camper broke their own eggs, stirred them in a mixing bowl, poured them into the frying pan, stirred the eggs till they were done….

Then we ate the eggs:

Then we each washed our own dishes:

Nature Camp, day three photos

We checked our insect pitfall traps, and held the insects under a magnifier that we made by stretching clear plastic wrap over a bucket, then adding water to the plastic wrap so that it forms a large magnifying lens:

We made art by placing flowers on watercolor paper, and covering the flowers with paper towels:

Then we pounded the flowers with rubber mallets to release the pigments, which soaked into the watercolor paper:

We heard a story about Wangari Maathai, a scientist and environmentalist from Kenya who won the Nobel Peace Prize for her enviornmental work:

Other activities included the usual singing and climbing trees, and many other brief activities.