Natural Science at Camp Wa-Ri-Ki

Learning at Wa-Ri-Ki pond, discussion environmental science with “the Pond Lady”.

The Camp Science team is continuing plans for events and educational materials to help kids and campers learn more about the right environment that is right outside the dormitory doors at Wa-Ri-Ki.

Ken Rowe, Chairman of the Camp Marketing Committee, explains that, “developing science learning opportunities at the Camp is a major component of the Board of Director’s vision. The marketing team has a number of related promotional activities planned, including developing an online quiz about the natural science at Camp Wa-Ri-Ki.”

Just some of the related activities include:

  • Phyllis Goldhammer, the Camp’s Executive Director, is working on a number of things including bird and wildlife informational packets for Campers.  She also meets with a group of science educators on a regular basis to cultivate the Camp’s educational opportunities.
  • Generous help from volunteers like Judy Bufford, an aqua scientist (affectionately nicknamed “the Pond Lady” by the kids last Summer) who is interested in developing a curriculum along with other local science educators.
  • The signage in the photos below that teach and tell the story of the natural surroundings were developed by Mark Watrin, a Battle Ground Science Curriculum Director who helps lead the planning for the Camp.  These were used during the Summer at our first “Nature Explore” event and were developed with the help of a grant.  Already another Nature Explore event is planned, and the goal is to create durable signage to store and put on display on a seasonal basis.

 Would you like to help?  We need:

  • Science Educators who want to brainstorm fun ways for kids and campers to learn about nature — Contact Mark Watrin, or Phyllis Goldhammer
  • People to help us help kids learn — arrange a day trip to the camp for your local groups and get the word out on social media (just click a link below).
  • Donations.  We’re close to a fundraising goal that will win us a matching grant to pay for some of these educational endeavors — read about it here and consider donating.
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