Summer 2013: Week 2 – Wilderness Skills Part 2

Buddies!
Buddies!
Great vista, great hikers!
Great vista, great hikers!

Week 2 began with our usual games, group contract and getting to know each other at the SFCM.  We also talked about what to take on a hike, and how to stay safe and healthy outdoors. After circle and snack we headed off on our adventure for the day.  Each group started at Aspen Vista and went in different directions. The Bigs hiked up to Carl’s Meadow where they played games –  camouflage, blind old owl and park ranger, among others.

The Littles hiked up to the Aspen Vista trail to the Big T while playing Red Light-Green Light (as well as silver light, blue light, yellow light, and brown light)!  We sang, played, drank water, snacked, and hiked until we found the trail down to the Big Tesuque – we were excited to see water! We talked about how to stay hydrated and feeling good on a hike and drank a lot of water!  We ate lunch and then headed to a beautiful “new to us” river location.  Some kids built a very unique shelter with a river running through it, while others engaged in imaginative play  – fishing and being animal families.  All enjoyed getting wet in the river!  It was an accomplished hike for both Big and Small today!

On Tuesday the Littles played games to learn the cardinal directions and had lots of time to play at the Big T in the river. They read folk tales and hiked to a tiny waterfall. The kids did activities with their buddies such as making up secret code names to call to each other in the woods.

The Bigs went to base camp on Tuesday for the first ever: archery, slackline, art, and mountain biking day! Small groups rotated through the activities, which kept it interesting and fun for everyone.   By early afternoon we were ready to cool off so we headed to Shidoni, hoping to get wet in the river.  We found the river bed dry, but made the best of it with water games under a big shady tree on the grass. Blind Old Owl and Drip Drop Splash cooled us off, were a lot of fun, and a great way to finish the day!

On Wednesday, we all went on an amazing trip into the Santa Fe Watershed with Eileen Everett and Erin from the Santa Fe Watershed Association!  Before we left, we learned what a watershed is and used a tarp and water to illustrate how water always flows dow