Today was the first session of a new program series for kids ages 8-12: 2nd Saturday Kids. Once a month we will get together and do some sort of outdoor activity. We might catch bugs, explore the stream, go badger “hunting”…whatever the day seems right for.
Today we learned how to make acorn cap whistles and built debris shelters.
There were five kids in all. First we had Hannah and Wade – siblings who were visiting their grandparents. Then there was Ethan, whose grandfather brought him, and finally Joseph and Jonathan. We decided to break into teams to build our shelters.
Hannah and Wade chose a low fork in a tree for the start of their shelter.
The other three boys started off together, creating a teepee-style structure where a tree had fallen.
But Jonathan decided to go solo, first selecting a hollowed log for his site. When I had him demonstrate how he’d actually use this shelter, though, he decided it was a bit too creepy to crawl into…
so his final shelter took advantage of a large fallen tree.
We spent the better part of an hour building our shelters. Garlic mustard proved to be the perfect “siding” – plenty of it around and it pulled up easily.
An added bonus: it helped camouflage the structures!
And here are the final products. First, Jonathan in his “lean-to”:
Joseph and Ethan in their “teepee”:
And Hannah and Wade in their “hobbit hole”:
These shelters are located out along the main trail shortly after you cross the bridge, to the south side of the trail (on your right). Feel free to check them out – but watch out for the poison ivy!