• Jenn Tapler

August 5th - First Day of Camp!

Hello families!


My name's Jenn and I'm the Garden Camp Director. I had the pleasure of meeting many of you this morning during drop-off and this afternoon during pick-up, as well as the joy of spending my day with all of your campers. I had the ability to rotate between all groups and observe a little bit of everything that was going on in the Garden. Every day this week there will be a blog post discussing some of the things that your campers were able to do at camp today.


This week our campers will spend their time learning all about the Extraordinary Ecosystems that exist in this big world. Our two focused goals this week are learning about different ecological cycles and how those cycles relate to their own lives, as well as learning about how change in weather and climate affects plants, animals, and people.


Today's focus was on Mediterranean Climates Around the Globe! We know that the climate in San Francisco is special, cool, and coastal, but there are many climates like ours around the world. That's why plants from similar climates are able to thrive here!


Feeling confused? Don't worry. Even I still struggle with the difference between weather and climate these days.


Weather is defined as the day-to-day variation of the atmosphere's condition locally, while climate is defined as the variations of weather conditions over long periods of time.


Our two groups this week, the Walnuts and the Cedars, were able to spend their days learning and engaging with the Garden. While one of our groups was able to spend a little extra time on Art and Wellness with our Content Specialist, Ingrid, the other group was able to do a Q+A with one of our own gardeners! Don't worry--if your camper was in the group that didn't get to do the Q+A, they'll get a chance to do so later in the week.


Questions For My Camper:


We would love for you to continue engaging with your camper now that the day has ended and preparing them for their time in the Garden tomorrow. Here are some questions that you could ask them to get the conversation started!


-Did you observe any insects or bugs today? Could you describe what you saw to me?

-Do you know some of the things that make up a Mediterranean climate? What are they?


Tomorrow we'll keep exploring together while continuing to think about all the Extraordinary Ecosystems that we can find in the Garden. We had a great day with your campers and are excited for a fun filled week!


See you tomorrow!


Jenn Tapler

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Garden Camp Director

Office: 415-661-1316 x404

[email protected]

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