By Breann Thompson
It’s July, and summer camps are in full swing here at the museum.
With this summer’s intense storms fresh in our minds, we’ve been thinking about the impacts of extreme weather events. If we’re out exploring the woods when an unexpected storm hits, how can we stay safe?
Campers recently put their ideas to the test with a shelter-building challenge. Using only items that had already fallen in the forest and a time-limit of 15 minutes, campers were challenged to construct a lean-to that could provide shelter for at least one camper in the event of an emergency. Given the constraints, we were quite impressed—if quite tired!
But what is shelter without food?! For that, we took to the creek in search of our favorite potential food source—crayfish!
The hunt continues—and you can join in! The 2018 camp season runs through August 24, and there are chances to join us in nature exploration throughout the year.
Learn more about summer camps at camps.artandnaturalhistory.org.
Breann Thompson works in the Education department of Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Museum employees are encouraged to blog about their unique experiences and knowledge gained from working at the museum.