6th Grade Outdoor Education Camp
October 3-7, 2016
The following are brief descriptions of some of the classes the students will participate in while at the Wonder Valley Camp. The classes are designed to meet the criteria set forth in the California State Framework. Each class can stand independently; Therefore, sequential teaching is not necessary. The following is a brief description of the classes and activities students will participate in at the camp.
NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURE BAND HISTORY: A visiting instructor to the will teach the students about the local Native American culture and history. Students will have the opportunity to grind corn, participate in traditional folk dances, and interpret costumes and dances.
NATURE CRAFTS: Students will explore the many uses of different natural materials collected for the local area. Using these materials, students will participate in many crafts, including tie-dying and paper making.
PETTING ZOO/ ANIMAL HUSBANDRY: Domesticated animals provide the students with the opportunity to see up close the animals physiologies, behaviors, care, breeding, adaptations. Students will be encouraged to participate in the care of and maintenance of these animals.
PROJECT PLANET: In the first phase the students will have the opportunity to observe tributaries, creeks, streams, rivers, wells, and reservoirs. The students will see the process of diverting water for irrigation and ho water is channeled to cities through canals and aqueducts. During the second phase of Project Planet, the students focus on orienteering. Students will learn to use a compass and the topography of the area to find their way while hiking.
ROCKETRY: Students will study the concepts of force, momentum, gravity, and vectors. Students will explore speed and velocity. With this knowledge, students will construct their own rockets out of 2-liter soda bottles. These rockets will be launched using compressed air and water. In addition students will study triangulation, which will enable them to accurately measure the height of their rocket flight.
ROPES CHALLENGE COURSE: This learning program encourages each student to explore their environment and challenges them to interact with each other. The purpose of the ropes course is to encourage students to work together towards team building, problem solving, communication skills, leadership development, decision making, self esteem, and physical exercise. Every safety precaution is taken at the ropes course.
SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK: Guided lecture tours through Sequoia National Park and the park’s Nature Center by park rangers are a highlight of the Outdoor Education Program. Students will see the oldest living trees in the world; the Giant Sequoias. In addition to a historical slide show, the Park Rangers will teach the students the history of the area and the present day threats to the delicately balanced ecosystem.
SKELETAL SYSTEMS (“ROADKILL CAFE”): Reptiles amphibians and arachnids have always fascinated children. The students will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities that show the adaptations, biological functions, and habits of these creatures. Students will examine skeletal systems of different animals and draw conclusions regarding the animal’s habits and behaviors. Students will be given the opportunity to dissect an owl’s pellet.
“THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT”: Students will study the habits and adaptations of the indigenous, nocturnal creatures. The students will explore the concepts of night vision and how nocturnal creatures utilize their different senses. Activities will assist the students in “feeling” life as a creature of the night.
ZOO TO YOU: Zoo To You is a hands-on experience where students are given the opportunity to interact with animals from a neighboring zoo. Most of the animals are considered to be endangered species. The visiting animals and their keeper(s) will teach the students what happens when animals are abandoned or not properly cared for.
ACCOMMODATIONS: All bunk facilities have private baths, heating and air conditioners, shelving and closet space for each camper. Bunk beds and mattresses are provided. Campers are required to bring their own bedding and towels.
The students will be in a cabin with up to nine (9) other students AND a counselor. The counselors are provided by the camp and accompany the students in their cabins to every class and activity. The female and male cabins are in separate buildings.
DINING: Camps are served buffet style and eat in a patio area or dining hall, depending on the weather. The students are required to bus their dishes and clean up after each meal.
ACTIVITY AREAS: While the majority of the student’s time will be spent in the classes and group activities, Wonder Valley has several activity areas for use during the students free time.
LAKE: A two-acre lake provides sailing, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing. Lifeguards are on duty at all lake activities.
TENNIS: Two tennis courts are available for student use during their free time.
SPORTS FIELD: A large sports field is available for soccer, baseball, football, and other field sports.
STABLES: The stables are available for for horseback riding. Students will participate in this activity with their classes.
VOLLEYBALL: Three lawn volleyball courts are maintained for student use.