Ecology and Hiking


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Week Five, July 23-27

Ecology Adventures: age 5-7 years
Hiking Explorers: age 8-10 years

Ecology Adventures Description:

Explore ancient redwood forests and discover a rare Dawn redwood tree! Wade in a beautiful, natural creek and discover the tiny animals clinging to the rocks and stones. Create a unique sculpture in the Nature Zone at Blake Gardens. Learn how all life on earth is interconnected and interdependent. Become entangled in food webs. Play the photosynthesis game and learn how plants produce food using the energy of the sun. Make and enjoy plant part tacos. Learn about the anatomy and physiology of flowers. Visit working beehives and discover the important pollinator role of bees and other insects. Meet local wild animals with a special visit from Wildcare animal rescuers. Become an environmentalist by using the Five Rs – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot and Refuse.

Hiking Explorers Description:

Explore an ancient redwood forest in Marin County, hike up a beautiful, natural creek and discover amazing aquatic organisms. Embark on hiking challenges to experience areas of the East Bay off the beaten track. Enjoy an exciting Treasure Hunt Hike and explore a hidden urban creek! Campers will make a deeper connection with nature, exceed personal hiking goals and learn to practice Leave No Trace ethics. Campers will meet local wild animals in a special visit from Wildcare animal rescuers. Explorers will enjoy a special evening Campfire Program and Twilight Hike, with dinner and s’mores.

Drop Off and Pick Up Locations and Special Field Trip Destinations
(Transportation for Special Field Trips is provided by KIDS for the BAY)

Ecology Adventures:

Drop Off/Pick Up Location
Monday: Blake Gardens (Special visit from Wildcare)
Tuesday: Tilden Park Big Leaf Picnic Site
Wednesday: Lake Anza
Thursday: Berkeley Marina (Special Field Trip to the Samuel P. Taylor Park Redwood Forest)
Friday: Codornices Park and Berkeley Rose Garden

Hiking Explorers:

Drop Off/Pick Up Location
Monday: Blake Gardens (Special visit from Wildcare)
Tuesday: Tilden Park Big Leaf Picnic Site
Wednesday: Lake Anza
Thursday: Berkeley Marina (Special Field Trip to the Samuel P. Taylor Park Redwood Forest)
Friday: Codornices Park (Special evening Campfire Program and Twilight Hike, with dinner and s’mores — late pick-up at 8 p.m. at Picnic Area Two)