KidzJet Advnetures – Camp 07/29 – 08/02 – Day 2 – Jungle Experience
“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” – John Muir
Day 2 took us to Nature’s heart – a place where many a poet, artist, philosopher, scientist and other folk have found something to inspiring and intriguing to write about, draw about, ponder about, observe and think about, for almost as long as we have lived on this planet. Forests and trees have been the firm bedrock of our existence. Providing us food and shelter, primarily, but also connecting us to other systems which are crucial for our life and wellbeing.
Today we learned about them through one of their most majestic citizens – the redwoods. Their unique ecology and existence in Northern California. While we learned to awe at their size and presence for centuries, we learned about the complex ecosystem that they are part of. How they protect themselves from nature’s periodic, sometimes unexpected, severe tests of survival – through fires, floods, extreme weather etc. – the unique adaptations of their systems and that of other forests around us. Though forests may seem completely removed the tide pools we explored yesterday, interesting and crucial questions are planted in our minds about how these are, if at all, connected? Our planet is a symbiotic coexistence of myriad such ecosystems. Appreciating the role each of them plays in our lives and discovering the interlinkages between them is an important step for our children in this adventurous journey.
“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” – John Muir