Otters and Coyotes

Entering Grades 2-6

2016 Themes

Otters:  Entering Grades 2-3 (Must be 7 by the start of camp week)  Rate per week: $315 members/$380 nonmembers (July 5-8: $255/$320)
Coyotes:  Entering Grades 4-6  Rate per week: $325members/$390 nonmembers (July 5-8: $260/$325)

Otters and Coyotes investigate nature and science based themes through hands-on, age-appropriate curriculum which include live animal encounters, nature hikes, learning to canoe on Jacobs Pond as well as participating in Citizen Science projects. Theme-specific topics are enhanced and supported through field trips and special guest appearances.  Coyotes will delve deeper into topics through the use of age-appropriate scientific tools and technology. Otters and Coyotes will work together toward a common goal and build confidence for all members of the team.

Week 1: Junior Paleontologists (June 27 – July 1)

Experience how paleontologists re-create the world from millions of years ago by investigating fossils collected from local sites and beyond, try your hand at a mock dig, and more. Live animal encounters will demonstrate how dinosaur relatives live among us today.
Coyotes will also create their own fossil casts and use their scientific skills to solve our dinosaur footprint mystery.

Week 2: Bugology (*July 5-8)

*No camp July 4th

From the cannibalistic Praying Mantis to the Massachusetts state insect,the ladybug, we’ll use the tools and techniques of entomologists to investigate unique habits and habitats of insects and their relatives. All campers will participate in The Lost Ladybug Citizen Science Project Find More information at
Coyotes will also examine their findings with the Science Center’s  new “MiScope” to create a magnified digital view of a bug’s world.

Week 3: Whale and Shark FEST (July 11-15)

Explore the extraordinary world of whales and sharks with biofacts of baleen, bones, and more. Become a marine biologist to discover the many incredible adaptations that make sharks and whales unique and help them survive in their ocean habitats.
Coyotes will also participate in a mock marine study to investigate marine animal behavior. 

Week 4: Grossology (July 18-22)

This week promises to be icky, gooey, stinky and just plain gross! Campers will explore the disgusting side of nature while they examine animal scat, create slime and dissect owl pellets. From the forest to the fridge, campers will also have fun crafting kitchen chemistry concoctions.
Coyotes will also explore the contents of our “bone boxes” and with the help of scientific tools identify the mystery of the origin of the bones they are examining.

Week 5: Freshwater Aqualab (July 25-29)

Get wet and wild exploring the freshwater ecosystems around the Science Center and Jacobs Pond. We’ll investigate the reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates of vernal pools, marshy pond edges and beyond. Campers will participate in a Citizen Science salamander coverboard survey.
Coyotes will also monitor the water quality of Jacobs Pond using the macroinvertebrates as indicator species.

Week 6: Junior Farmers (August 1-5)

Junior Farmers will spend the week in the Jose Carreiro Children’s as we explore where food comes from and how we can grow our own. Learn about the chickens’ jobs in the garden while helping with the flock’s daily care. Roll up your sleeves to dig, plant, harvest, and taste with garden activities and cooking projects.
Coyotes will also design and build a solar over to cook a snack.

Week 7: Space Odyssey (August 8-12)

Is Pluto a true planet? How strong is Earth’s gravitational pull? We’ll uncover the answers to these and other space curiosities.  Explore constellations and learn how to spot them in the night sky, and discover how early travelers used them for navigation.
Coyotes will also design and test an impact proof vessel to safely land a rover on the harsh terrain of Mars.

Week 8: Hunters of the Night (August 15-19)

Under the cloak of darkness fox, coyotes, fishers and numerous other nocturnal predators emerge. Using motion activated cameras, we will document nighttime activity in the forest at the Science Center and learn more about the adaptations, habits and ecosystems of our backyard friends.

Week 9: Extreme Marine (August 22-26)

Ever wonder what lurks among sunken ships and caverns in the darkest depths of the sea? How does a Rock Crab survive the daily dangers of an ever-changing tidepool? Uncover the secrets from shoreline to shipwrecks and explore how marine biologists and maritime archaeologists study these extreme environments.
Coyotes will also test and modify an underwater ROV (remotely operated vehicle), the SeaPerch, to study and explore the world that exists beneath the water’s surface.









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