What I've Created
Fairmount Park is home to a complex local ecosystem. Campers assembled into specialized groups to investigate various aspects of the life of Fairmount Park. Our field study groups were: Birds, Insects, Trees, and Other Living Things. Once they had observed and identified their subjects using field guide books, campers created water color paintings of what they observed and made some notes on what they had learned.
At the Horticultural Center, we were surrounded by beautiful plants and flowers. By dissecting a Lily Alstromeria flower, campers discovered the inner-workings of the flower and learned that a flower performs an important job for a plant. The flower is the reproductive organ of the plant. Flowers are pretty and smell good because they need to attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies. When a flower is pollinated, it’s ovary and ovules begin to grow into a fruit containing seeds. The seeds will one day grow into a new plant! Campers identified and charted each part of the flower.
|Paper Mache Mask||
Campers made paper-mache by soaking newspaper in watery Elmer’s glue. They then laid their paper-mache over a balloon and let it dry. Once the paper-mache was dry campers could add more paper-mache forms to the surface to create 3-D features. The mask finally took on character when the campers painted the surface.
We made colorful, 3-dimensional flowers by assembling cut-out, flat shapes.