Thanks to all the FOCIP and SWS volunteers, and State Park staff
Photo by Kristina Trowbridge (SWS)
Once again, Camano Island State Park, FOCIP, and Camano Sound Water Stewards (CSWS) came together to host Second Grade Nature Discovery Days for three Stanwood School District schools: Stanwood, Utsalady, and Elger Bay Elementary. We had 91 students, 25 parents, and 60 volunteers each day. On May 20 and 21 the weather, scheduled to be rainy, was just that, at least on the first day. Tuesday was much nicer and drier.
This activity was started by Friends of Camano Island Parks (FOCIP) in 1997 and has continued each year in the month of May for these three schools. Because we have so many repeat or new volunteers, FOCIP, Camano State Parks, and Sound Water Stewards we have been able to continue this much-appreciated program for these Stanwood/Camano Schools since that time.
Buses arrived and students were escorted to one of 12 assigned beach critter groups (Fish, Clams, Sea Stars, etc.) to meet their forest presenter, group guide, and parent volunteers. Soon all were present and accounted for and off on a trail exploration and down the canyon trail to the freshwater marsh.
Student, parents, and teachers ate lunch under rainy skies on Monday and on the beach on Tuesday. After lunch, students returned to their groups to help make estuary soup. Yumm! For the next hour, the group guides rotated their second graders to one of four Sound Water Steward activities: Microscopes, Barnacles Feeding, Beach Exploration, and Fish Seining.
Everyone had a good time at this annual event. FOCIP and Camano Sound Water Stewards want to send a ‘big thank you’ to all FOCIP and SWS volunteers, State Park personnel, Stillaguamish Tribe’s Outreach and Education staff, Lincoln Hill High School volunteer students and teacher, and too involve teachers, parents, and students from the Stanwood Camano School District.