Animal Excursion Week 5 Day 2

Updated: Aug 1, 2019

Welcome back, our campers had another great day at camp! I started off my morning the right way with some belly rubs. What could be better than that?

After my morning belly rubs, I headed outside for the flag ceremony led by the red peppers. With the flags raised and pledges said, they energized everyone with a camper favorite, "Baby Shark!"

With "Baby Shark" stuck in my head I wondered down to the garden. The peppers continued to help David with the mulch and harvested produce for the farm stand. They were able to harvest raspberries, peas, potatoes, cucumbers and zucchini!

I briefly stopped by the barns on my way up to the building to see how chores went. Each pepper group tackled their chores and got them done in a timely manner. I bet the animals were happy to have such hard workers!

After my stroll through the barns, I noticed some peppers by the gazebo. The campers got to spend more time with the goats today when they gave them a bath! The peppers had a blast washing them and it helped keep the goats clean and cool, especially on a hot summer day!

Back inside, the peppers put on their scientist hats and learned about pasteurized and unpasteurized milk. Using fresh goats milk and regular pasteurized cow's milk, they examined each sample under a microscope and observed the differences.

What better way to cool off from the summer heat that with a tasty treat? Using raspberries from the garden, the peppers made raspberry sorbet! This recipe is super easy to make and a great summer treat for you and your pepper(s).


After learning about nests, the peppers began gathering materials they could use to construct their own. Each pepper group kept an eye out for hay, leaves, twigs/sticks and mud on their hike around the farm.

Just like humans, animals like treats too! The campers mixed eggs, oats, layer feed, molasses, cracked corn, meal worms and cinnamon together to make chicken treats. Once the treats have solidified, the campers will get to feed them to our chickens!

Humans, animals and insects all have different smells. Take goats for example, the males have a specific pheromone that attracts female goats. To help the campers understand the importance of pheromones and how they are used to communicate, the campers played different games using their sense of smell.

Under the tent, the campers reenacted a story to learn about pollution and ecosystems. Once the story was completed, the peppers discussed how pollution impacted the environment and animal(s) and how it could have been prevented.

Our campers had a blast doing all the activities and learned lots of different things. I give it two paws up! Who else is excited to see what tomorrow brings!

I'll paw ya later!

-Em, the Farm Dog

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