Thursday, August 11, 2011

4-H Green Science Adventure Camp: Day 4!

Another day gone by, another day full of memories!

As many of you may know, I'm nocturnal (why else do you think I update the blog at night?!), but I couldn't help but hitch a ride with Mr. Alan and say hello to a few of my friends:

Today was definitely a day filled with campers' "firsts". The morning consisted of fishing lessons with Mr. Elliott and Fisherman Bill (and an introductory casting lesson from Mr. Alan)-- and I've got to say that several Peppers caught some impressive fish, and even more had amazing casts. I'm jealous of everyone's talent!

Watch Jacob and the Yellow Peppers go fishing in the video above!

We also investigated the pond water by looking at the organisms underneath a microscope! Each Pepper scooped up their own pond water using a graduated cylinder (we even calculated the measurements exactly!), and then examined the water with magnifying glasses and microscopes. We found water scavenger beetles, dragonfly nymphs, and snails-- just to name a few.

Farmer Bill paid a visit to our camp today, and showed the Pepper Groups around the Hoop House. Inside, groups picked fresh tomatoes, onions and peppers, and even found a few potatoes! He also took them for another tour of the Children's Garden, where he educated everyone about growing different herbs.

When our campers weren't outside, they were hanging out with Ms. Melyssa in the Garden Kitchen. Using their fresh vegetables that they picked with Farmer Bill, Peppers made fresh salsa with Ms. Melyssa, Ms. Jill, and Ms. Robin. It was a full kitchen, but definitely a blast! After salsa, we made home-made bread and everyone worked together to measure out the ingredients-- it was great teamwork! Campers enjoyed their slices of bread with butter and honey after lunch, but it was worth the wait!

Natalie and Ms. Katie scoop out some pond water together.

Haisley and her pond water-- she wasn't afraid to dig deep in the murky water!

An up-close look at the pond water-- there's a lot going on beneath the surface!

Jamie checks out her pond water using a magnifying glass.

Check out Lucy-- she's a true scientist!

Justin and Ms. Julie talk about the aquatic organisms.

Farmer Bill giving the Yellow Peppers a tour of the Hoop House!

Some Peppers showed me these beautiful tomatoes-- good eye, you guys!

On a picnic table by the pond, the Green Peppers matched up separated fish parts to complete the full body!

Meg caught her first fish-- ever! Great job!

Mr. Elliott helps Luke set up his fishing rod.

Ella isn't afraid to touch fish-- you go, girl!

Kennedy poses with her first catch-- she almost gave it a kiss!

Meredith and her fish that she caught all by herself!

The Green Peppers (with Pepper Counselors Ms. Courtney and Mr. Eric) love fishing!

Lauren's catch!

Eloise and her HUGE big mouth bass! I still can't believe her line didn't break!

Neel enjoying his garden salsa. Yum!

After lunch, we were all busy making our very own stepping stones! With the help from Pepper Counselors, Mr. Alan, Ms. Katie, and Ms. Julie, Peppers learned how cement is made-- they mixed, molded, and decorated their stones while hanging out in the shade of a tree.

Each Pepper Group spent time under the Mystical Black Oak Tree, where they decorated their Pepper Group mural with paint. These murals will be hung around the Tollgate property for all to see! From what I've seen, they all look beautiful!

Ms. Julie and Evan work on his stepping stone!

Alana poses with the smock campers wore while making their stepping stones. 4-H Summer Camps ROCK!

Kayla works on her stepping stone!

Mr. Alan teaches the Orange Peppers how cement is made. Safety first-- everyone wore breathing masks when mixing the cement!

Ms. Emily shows her Peppers a new way to decorate their stones.

The lovely Yellow Peppers working on their mural.

Eloise checks out my dear friends the draft horses.

Above, Jayden and Jackson give us a glimpse of the frogs in the Children's Garden .


Make Your Own Bread
1 cup warm water (110 degrees F)
2 tablespoons white sugar
1 (.25 ounce) package of bread machine yeast
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 cups bread flour
1 teaspoon salt
Fresh herbs of your choice

Bread machine
Stirring utensil

Place the water, sugar, and yeast in the pan of the bread machine
Let the yeast dissolve and foam for 10 minutes
Add the oil, flour, and salt to the yeast
Select Basic or White Bread setting on the bread machine, and press Start!

Fresh Garden Salsa
2 tomatoes
1 lime
3 teaspoons cilantro
1 medium sized onion
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 green pepper
tortilla chips

Food Processor

Chop the tomatoes into small diced pieces and add to food processor
Roll the lime on the cutting board, pressing gently. Cut it in half
Use the juice of half a lime and pour into food processor when done
Pick and wash cilantro and then chop. Add 3 teaspoons to the food processor
Peel the onion and cut it in half
Chop onion until it is diced, and then add to the food processor
Chop garlic clove until diced, then add 1 teaspoon to the food processor
Chop 1/2 of the green pepper, then add to the food processor
Blend all of the contents in the food processor to your desired consistency


Today was such a great day! I've had so much fun this week, and it's making me sad to think that tomorrow is our last day together. But I know that it will be the BEST day of the week. And Peppers, don't forget: we are having a cook out tomorrow, so you don't have to bring a sack lunch!

Smell ya later!

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