We were overjoyed to host special students from the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering YES! Connect Program. These intelligent and talented young students had the opportunity to explore Gwynn’s Falls Leakin Park with the Wild Adventures Summer Camp. Through nature based art projects, outdoor exploration and play, and intentional learning activities, they began to form new connections with the park and relate STEM learning objectives to tangible environmental experiences.
This Summer we served over 200 inner city children between ages of 5 to 12. Children from Chic Webb Recreation Center had hands-on experiences with artifacts and got a chance to meet live animals from the Carrie Murray Nature Center's collection during an engaging visit with our naturalist Sarah.
Did you know Periodical cicada populations emerge from underground as an nymphs all at once in the same year because they are developmentally synchronized? Nymphs like to climb the nearest available tree, and begin to shed their nymph exoskeleton. this process normally takes an hour however our curious campers took minutes to create a Shell shirt with Amber our naturalist.
shout - out a big hip hip hooray for these two wild adventure campers that worked together finding balance using the tools of nature.
Shinrin-Yoku- "taking in the forest atmosphere". Ted Martello of Tree Baltimore guided a group of hikers on a nature therapy wonderland. Forest bathing is an open ended practice that can have a positive effect on cardiovascular and immune systems as well as improving mood and cognition. The benefits of a nature therapy walk are limitless!