Archive for February, 2012

Summer Camp 2012

February 25, 2012

The Earthright Insight Summer Camp is going to be a lot of fun once again!  This is the 3rd summer running of this sustainability based day-camp.  The camp was previously named Pollution Solution with the Bainbridge Island Parks and Recreation.  A few photos are posted below illustrating some of the activities during the camp.  The students are outside rain or shine and need to come dressed for the weather and with footwear appropriate for trail walking.

Students use the landscape model here to put pollution on the landscape and then use spray bottles to simulate rain and watch the pollution move into local surface water.

The glass jar painting activity demonstrates to students how they can sometimes use items from their recycle bin to make something we need.  There are countless recycled crafts in the camp.  Students learn throughout the camp how natural resources are extracted from the earth to make new products and how that causes various types of pollution.  Sustainability discussions include learning how to reduce our footprint and using natural resources at a pace in which they can be replenished.

Using the water conservation model, the students learn how the groundwater is connected to lakes and streams.  They learn that we share our water with local aquatic life and subsequently using too much water could harm certain species.  Students learn how they can save water at home.

Students go on nature walks throughout the one week day-camp.  On Fridays, the class will meet in Battlepoint Park, where students will find beach and pond critters.  Instructors will identify critters and explain their importance in the food web.

Students paint murals to put on public display in the community that educate others about environmental protection.  Rhyming slogans are created and students create beautiful artwork!  Murals focus on teaching others to save energy and prevent water pollution.

The nature walks include visiting this local salmon stream where students find  strange-looking insects that salmon eat.   The life cycle of salmon is explained in addition to the link to Orca whales.  Discussions prevail pertaining to actions we take at home and how they are related to the  protection of salmon.

Students get good exercise walking trails looking for baby trees to find and save.  The students place the tree sapling in a planter to protect and let grow big so that it can eat up extra carbon dioxide we create by burning fossil fuels.

Students design their own island using modeling clay.  The model is taken home so that they can demonstrate to their family how pollution moves across the landscape in to local surface water and how it affects aquatic life.

The Endangered Species Treasure Hunt teaches students what it means to be an endangered or threatened species.  Students learn about many different endangered species and what they can do about protecting them!

There are many more fun activities that are not pictured, but now you  may have an idea of what this day-camp entails!

Classes are limited, and could be cancelled if enrollment is too low, so don’t wait!

Please start the registration process today at  All you need to do is click on the week you are interested in the camp.  No financial commitments are needed until the week of the camp.   The survey entails brief information from you so that we can send you registration materials.