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Nature Zombies
Grades: 5-8

Ecology comes alive! In this exciting week, campers will learn all about the impact of decomposers, like fungi, bacteria, worms, and protozoa, on habitats and biomes in California. Campers will learn about the different kinds of decomposers that engage in symbiotic relationships with plants and animals. Campers will also investigate how these sometimes overlooked critters of nature have a large impact on the environments and habitats where they are found.

21st Century & SEL Skill Focus: Problem Solving, Responsibility, Empathy, Emotion Management, Initiative. Learn more about other skills we build through The EDMO Method™.

Sample Projects

Build a Bin

Build a Bin

Campers will build a compost worm bin for the park. Using scrap wood, mesh and simple tools, campers will construct an environment where worms will be able to break down organic matter and turn it into usable compost. By the end of the week campers should have a sample of the compost their worms make!

Campers will learn how to build a backyard compost bin and how worms and other annelids break down organic matter into soil, in this case usable compost, that is nutrient rich.

 Slime Maze!

Slime Maze!

Campers will design a maze of oat flake boundaries for a slime mold to solve! What are slime molds you ask? A slime mold is a single celled plasmodial organism that sometimes can form together into a multi celled slime! Campers can find these slime molds on fallen logs or the bark of trees in any nature area and can be grown into a slime network that can actually solve a maze.

Campers will learn how plasmodia like slime molds. as well other non fungal organisms, impact the environment where they are found and how they aid in the decomposition of dead matter. Additionally, campers will learn how slime molds form multi-celled organisms and use their cellular network to navigate their way through their environment.

Forage For Fungi

Forage For Fungi

Campers will hunt for and identify different kinds of mushrooms from their local park or nature area. They’ll use a dichotomous key to identify and classify the different mushroom species growing in their region. To aid them in their identification, campers, using protective equipment such as gloves and tweezers,  will collect specimens and take photos of the mushrooms they observe.

While campers will not actually be foraging to collect mushrooms, campers will still be learning the tools and the skills needed to forage safely for mushrooms. Mushroom foraging can be dangerous, so campers will also be learning safety and guidelines for those trained to collect mushrooms in regional, state, or national parks.

Sample Schedule

  • A Day in the Life...

Some kids thrive on routines and harmony. Others not so much. Good news! We’ve found the secret recipe that works for all EDMO campers!

Day/Time Click Each Activity Below to Learn More
8:00-9:00AM AM Program

During our EDMO PRO AM Program, campers will have time in the “Hang Time” room with access to music, games, computers, and maker supplies.  The AM Program allows campers time to engage and wake up for the day.

8:50-9:00AM Drop-Off

Be greeted by name or a high five by a professional staff member…dressed in a mermaid costume or a Viking hat. In a hurry? Pull up and we’ll open the door for you. In no rush? Park your car, come right in and shake your counselor’s fin.

9:00-9:30AM Opening Huddle

Your morning Huddle will get your gears spinning and your thoughts pumping.  Get to know your fellow campers and jump start the day with games, high fives and jokes.

9:30-10:30AM Lab 1

During this enrichment lab time, campers really get into the weekly theme and curriculum. Campers delve into the weekly subject, learn new skills and design and create weekly projects.

10:30-10:45AM Snack

Active minds lead to hungry bellies! Don’t forget to pack a healthy snack for your camper every morning…with no nuts of course! Remember: If you ordered a delicious lunch you automatically receive a healthy morning snack!

10:45-11:15AM Real Time

Each day EDMO PRO campers will have 20-30 minutes of team and leadership building.

11:15AM-12:15PM Lab 2

During this enrichment lab time, campers really get into the weekly theme and curriculum. Campers delve into the weekly subject, learn new skills and design and create weekly projects.

12:15-12:45PM Lunch

Add a delicious lunch each day. It’s a snap! Just click/check the lunch box on your enrollment form and a quality lunch will be delivered to camp daily. Rather pack your own lunch? Please just do not bring any products that contain: cashews, almonds, brazil nuts, pine nuts, walnuts or heaven forbid, the “‘Mother of All Nut Allergies”—the peanut.

12:45-1:20PM Hang Time

Each day EDMO PRO campers will have 20-30 minutes of free choice time. EDMO PRO campers can spend time outside playing games and will also be able to spend time in the “Hang Time” room with access to music, games, computers, and maker supplies.  

1:20-2:40PM Lab 3

During this enrichment lab time, campers really get into the weekly theme and curriculum. Campers delve into the weekly subject, learn new skills and design and create weekly projects.

2:40-3:00PM Closing Huddle

Closing Huddle is your daily wrap up!  This is the part of the day when you can really let your campy side out with songs, skits and improv! Make sure you save all of your projects before you’re rolling on the floor laughing! #roll

3:00-3:15PM Pick-Up

Have your camper check themselves out and/or pull up or walk up, whichever you fancy. Either way we’ll make a point to let you know something special about your child’s day.Pull up or walk up, whichever you fancy. Look out for our daily email from the Camp Director detailing the activities at your camp location, along with a reminder to visit EDMO At Home to see what to look forward to tomorrow and suggested activities, books, websites, museum exhibitions, and more ways to keep the curiosity going.

3:15-6:00PM PM Extended Day, PM Snack & Free Play

During our EDMO PRO PM Program, campers are given time to have snack and free play before continuing structured enrichment projects. Enrichment projects will follow the program theme of the week. EDMO PRO campers will also have the option to spend time in the “Hang Time” room with access to music, games, computers, and maker supplies.  

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