This camp started by Dr. Steven Sternberg visiting us from University of Minnesota – Duluth’s Department of Chemical Engineering. Dr. Sternberg gave a great overview of the atmospheric causes of climate change as well as what contributes CO2 into the atmosphere. Dr. Steve helped all the campers think of ways that they could reduce the CO2 in our environment.
On Saturday Ms. Rachel lead the conversation on climate change and wild rice. They learned the consequences of not addressing climate change. They also learned how the predicted increase in rain storms would potentially damage germinating and mature rice. They also learned about the potential of less ice cover during the winter and its effect on wild rice season.
In the afternoon we took our phenology walk where we used our observational skills to track the changing of the seasons and how our land is getting ready for winter. Mr. Yellowman pointed out the trees that are used for lodge poles by our region. We also collected pinecones for one of the service learning projects that we will be doing during November camp. We will be honoring our Elders and Veterans during our next camp.
Our students also tackled the issue of migration of the Ojibwe people and how the changes in our climate can cause another migration of people because it makes some regions of the United States inhospitable. Before dinner we made frybread and bannock to have with our dinner. They learned where the tradition of making bannock and frybread started and the importance of cooking with a happy heart. All the campers turned out to be great cooks!
After dinner we continued our learning about wild rice by completing our wild rice wheel and discussing all that we learned during camp. They learned about the germination stage through the growing season until it is time for harvest. They learned about photosynthesis and the ripening of the wild rice. We ended the night by being creative with decorating our notebooks and relaxing with a movie.
On Sunday we ended the weekend by presenting all we did to our family and friends.