PRESS PHOTOS BY APRIL PETERSONYoung ecowarriors recently practiced their observation and conservation skills in a summer camp titled “Ecowarriors” at Wildlands Conservancy, Pool Wildlife Sanctuary, Emmaus. ABOVE: Brendan Fand gets a close look at a caterpillar destined to become a Monarch butterfly. Campers learned from Jeanne Hamscher, of the Wildlands Conservancy, how and where caterpillars feed
Jeanne Hamscher, a seasonal naturalist with the Wildlands Conservancy, explains how caterpillars can be found feeding on milkweed, their favorite food.
Camp participants search for caterpillars on plants found in a meadow at the Pool Wildlife Sanctuary in Emmaus.
Jayden Grumbein pauses for a photo while searching for caterpillars in a meadow at the Pool Wildlife Sanctuary, Emmaus.
Ruby Palmieri searches for caterpillars Aug. 21 at the Pool Wildlife Sanctuary. The Wildlands Conservancy offers a variety of nature-themed camps for children and teens throughout the summer.
Tyler Keefer, an environmental educator for the summer camp program who is studying environmental science at Kutztown University, shows a caterpillar specimen to campers. “I have just as much fun as they do, probably more sometimes,” Keefer said.
Cora Feigley’s searching skills uncovered a Tussock moth, a visitor not often seen at the conservancy.
Megan Roselli, a science educator for the Da Vinci Science Center, speaks with campers about responsible mining practices and asks campers to “mine” chocolate chips from cookies.
Lily Campbell carefully extracts a chocolate chip from a cookie to learn about the impact of mining.
Kylie Guo wears gloves to “mine” chocolate chips. Campers chose two out of four tools, a toothpick, paperclip, a skewer or a knife, to remove chips. Campers could not touch the cookie with bare or gloved hands when mining.
Matthew Burnett “mines” his cookie for chocolate chips.
Julia Sciarrino pauses for photo during her mining project. Campers tried to remove as many chips as possible without destroying their cookies.
Campers cross a meadow at the Pool Wildlife Sanctuary, Emmaus, during Ecowarriors camp offered by Wildlands Conservancy. See additional photos at www.thelehighvalleypress.com.