Gardening at Apple Ridge
An old favorite that has been “perennially” popular among our campers – a gardening program in which each camper is given his or her own garden plot. Everyone gets to transplant seedlings as well as plant seeds. Every day campers spend time watering, weeding, and noting the changes in their garden plot. It is very exciting around camp when seeds germinate and begin poking their first leaves up out of the soil.
Activities and games are conducted which help campers learn important science concepts through their gardening experience. Campers learn about the many insects that both help and hurt a garden, about the life cycles and needs of both plants and insects, and how these needs are met in the garden.
Through these lessons campers begin to use terms such as: interdependence, beneficial relationships, soil conservation, predator, prey, herbivores, and food chain. While the deer sometimes beat us to some of the produce, campers most of the time can enjoy nibbling cherry tomatoes or lettuce and making lemon balm tea for our end-of-camp cookout. Each camper also plants seeds in their own flower pot to take home and care for.