Our Friday night started with our special guest Marne Kaeske from the 1854 Authority. Marne shared with us what the 1854 Authority does to protect the land and protect tribal rights. Marne shared with us how climate change is affecting moose or mooz in our region. We also had the chance to see and touch a moose antler!
On Saturday our camp teachers took the campers out on the Cloquet Forestry trails to talk about phenology, and forestry research being conducted right here where we camp each month. One cool experiment (no pun intended!) we looked at was a series of three greenhouses that are temperature controlled to see how climate change will affect our subnivean zone. The subnivean zone is the area between the earth and the snowpack where many of our mammals like the red squirrel (ajidamoo) and field mice (waawaabiganoojinh) use to keep warm and safe from predators in our cold winters.
Playing the Oh Deer game helped us understand how competition of resources affects the populations of large mammals, and it was fun! We continued our understanding of our regional ecology by looking at how energy flows in our food web. We used yarn and imagination to make a model of our own food web. We also learned how to read a topographic map with contour lines and depressions. We finished our lesson with a delicious cookie lab! This skill will help us as we read our maps as we learn more about the land around us. We ended Saturday night by making gifts for our Elders in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas. We worked hard to give back to our community since we will not see each other again until the new year. As always we shared our knowledge with our family and friends on Sunday with great presentations created by our campers.