The Penn-Trafford School District held a ‘Nature Adventure STEAM Camp’ during the week of June 19-23 for students entering grades 3 through 6.
The program was spearheaded by teachers Ms. Michelle Stewart and Mrs. Somer Green, and encouraged students to explore their local environments and learn about ecology through various hands-on activities and field trips.
Highlights of the camp included outdoor scavenger hunts and hikes in BY Park and Trafford Schools’ grounds, building mini terrariums, creating art with nature, making bird feeders using repurposed items, and germinating seeds in a variety of ways.
Students learn about different types of succulent plants from volunteer Ella Welsch, a recent PTHS graduate
Sadie Kunkel, Sadie Crawford, Minda Raithel, Isabella Miskanic, and Eowyn Creps display their finished terrariums
PT High School student volunteer, Marko Rudek, led this group of students on a scavenger hunt at the BY Park
Students create nature art from items found during their scavenger hunt in BY Park
David Govert, Isabelle Govert, Derek Nguyen, and Bryson Mee work on their clay imprints using nature materials found around school grounds
Sadie Kunkel gives her ‘nature slime’ a stretch
Derek Nguyen and Bryson Mee watch an “Elephant Toothpaste” chemical reaction
Minda Raithel and Helana Rosenberry customize their propagation containers
The students paused along Turtle Creek to observe a large Heron in the tree (shown behind them in the photo); Isabella Miskanic, David Govert, Derek Nguyen, Bryson Mee, Matthew Sanders, Lucas Kline, Sadie Crawford, Isabelle Govert, Minda Raithel, Helana Rosenberry, Kelsey Visco, Eowyn Creps, and Keifer Skiffen