• Jenn Tapler

July 18th


Today at camp we had the opportunity to learn all about ponds and the Extraordinary Ecosystems that ponds have.

All groups spent a lot of time at the pond with AJ while learning about healthy pond ecosystems and unhealthy pond ecosystems. After learning the important, healthy parts of an ecosystem, the campers had an opportunity to draw both healthy and unhealthy ecosystems on their own. While they spent their time at the pond they observed turtles and birds and fish, talking about all of the important things that go together to create a good habitat.

Today with Ingrid our campers had the opportunity to contribute to a mural dedicated to protecting Mauna Kea. Mauna Kea is the highest point in the Hawaiian island, and astronomers are attempting to build a telescope on this sacred mountain. There have been protests trying to block it! Our campers had a chance to learn about this sacred mountain and its importance before working on the mural, and some groups were even able to create magic stick wands to help cast positive energy toward Hawaii!

Questions For My Camper:

-What did you learn about Mauna Kea today?

-What are some of the things you observed at the pond? Can you tell me one healthy thing for a pond ecosystem? What about one unhealthy thing?

We're looking forward to our last day of camp tomorrow where we'll keep learning all about ecosystems--this time focusing on the California Native Garden!

We've had a great week so far and we can't believe that tomorrow is already Friday.

If you are interested in learning a little bit more about what we did this week with our groups, we invite you to join us at the Great Meadow on Friday at 3:15pm. Our campers will sit in circles with their groups and discuss different things they learned and review different activities they participated in together. We will ask you to sign-out your camper upon arrival to our Open House but you are welcome to stay until your group has completed their circle time. We will begin transitioning from our Open House to Pick-Up around 3:45pm. At this time you are welcome to head out with your camper.

Thank you so much for choosing Garden Camp and sharing another wonderful day with us!

Jenn Tapler


Garden Camp Director

Office: 415-661-1316 x404



1199 9th Ave

San Francisco, CA 94122

Email: info@sfbg.org

Phone: (415) 661-1316

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