FOPOS Hosts Princeton YMCA Outdoor Living Skills Camp

The Friends of Princeton Open Space hosted 36 kids from the Princeton YMCA Outdoor Living Skills Camp on Tuesday, July 18 from 10:00-2:00.  During their time here, the campers learned about, and practiced, Leave No Trace, the set of guidelines for all hikers, campers, etc.

 FOPOS Natural Resource Manager, Jeff Geist, and two summer interns, Anna Korn & Katrina O'Donnell, guided the group around the property.  During their 2 mile hike, the kids learned about tree identification, how to identify edible plants (they all loved wineberries), and the guides helped them with bird and other animal identification.  We rounded out the hike with butterfly and other bug collecting at the Tusculum Meadow.  

The group then enjoyed lunch at Pettoranello Gardens, followed by a brief lesson on outdoor first aid.  Finally, the group all created key chains to remind them of the 7 Principles of Leave No Trace.