• Jenn Tapler

June 21st - Last Day of Camp

What beautiful weather we ended up having for our last day of camp!


Wrapping up our week learning about Extraordinary Ecosystems, today our campers had a large focus on California Native Plants. The goals we had for our day included recognizing some California native plants and learning about how those plants support native wildlife.


To start off our day we headed straight for the California Native Garden. There have been talks about a coyote here in the Garden, and some of our campers had the lucky chance to see one this morning! No worries - we kept a good distance and stopped to observe, making sure both our campers and the native wildlife was safe.


After settling down in the California Native Garden, our campers had a blast playing California Native bingo! They got to learn all about different plants that are native to California as well as how different cultures have used them! Some plants have been used for eating, others are medicinal, but no matter what all of the plants we learned about are incredible.


Campers spent some more time in the native garden with Spencer. With Spencer they painted in their journals using water colors. Their focus was either on plants that were native to California, or plants that were native to our own ancestry. We also learned a lot about what makes a plant native or what makes a plant nonnative.


With AJ campers had a blast doing some habitat exploration. Campers got to take magnifying glasses and flip over logs while looking for bugs. Some things that they found include earwigs, beetles, salamanders, and California Native snails!

If you were one of the families to join us on the Great Meadow--thank you for coming out! Your campers worked hard on their projects and proudly displayed them for all to see. If you couldn't make it, no worries, I'm sure your campers have lots to say about their final day.


Thank you again for such a wonderful week of Garden Camp! It was a blast watching the campers learn and grow together throughout the Garden.


Early next week we'll be sending out our post-camp survey as well as a Dropbox link that contains photos from the week. We ask if you have a moment to please fill out the survey so we can continue to build and strengthen camp together for the rest of the summer.


If your campers are coming back later in the summer, we'll see you soon! If not, we hope they enjoyed spending their time in the Garden with us.


All the best,

Jenn Tapler

she/her


Garden Camp Director

Office: 415-661-1316 x404

[email protected]


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