The children and counselors have learned about the Roosevelt Island Garden Club. They have searched for flowers, vegetables, fruits and more. (The scarecrows and statues are some of their favorite parts of the garden.) They have learned about composting, touched earth worms, and played games to sort out browns or greens from what doesn't belong in compost. They have heard about the importance of the asclepsias plants (milkweed, both orange and pink flowerd) for the monarch butterflies and seen the new Monarch Corridor Project beds. The older group has visited the pond and the horsetail rush plants that were around on earth when the dinosaurs lived. RIGC has also donated one of our composter tumblers for lunchtime fruit scraps and dried leaves.
Most of all, we have all stopped together to breathe and look and listen. The Island Kids campers are now planting seeds and seedlings in their own back yard space and learning first hand some of the joys of gardening!