What a week! I should be exhausted, scientifically speaking, but I have enjoyed every single minute of this week, so instead, I'm bubbling over with energy!
|Clam risking it, driving a speed boat without a license!|
|The clams kids hop to look for!|
Many kids don't just jump- they dig too! Up to the right, Santiago from the YMCA decided his clams might be bored. He let one lucky clam drive a speedboat, which admittedly, is probably more fun than wiggling around in the sand. Santi had so much fun that he approached our JPAs at the end of the day and asked who we were, and if he could work for us. Sure, he's only 9, but he held up eight fingers and said "I will be back in this many years for a job!" Keep your eyes out for this one, Bruce, he's applying early! This clam-hunting happened at Carson Beach, and we decided to use this activity at the Eastie campfire on Thursday night-check out next week's blog for more information on that!
Other discoveries this week came in rapid-fire succession because I was able to switch to two new locations: Courageous Sailing and Community Boating Inc.! Both locations have breath-taking views, energetic kids, helpful staff and lots of sea-critters to enjoy!
|The view from Courageous- I will never want a cubicle job after this!|
|Crabzilla, a normal rock crab with a big name!|
At Courageous Sailing, we have four or five big crab traps. We start our morning down on the docks, strapped into our life-jackets, ready to dodge whatever the sea-squirts spit at us. I was very nervous about starting two new cites on Wednesday, but my Lead Harbor Explorer, Lucas, had everything under control, and helped me learn the ropes! He and Andy, one of our JPAs, hauled up the traps while Ruth, a JPA and dock-boogy-extraordinaire, cut up frozen fish to use as bait. I met some new sea creatures this week, including a rock crab we named Crabzilla! Our sailers wanted him to win the crab race, but rock-crab-motivation is not one of our specialties (or anyone's, really.) I saw a sea star spit its stomach out in order to munch on a mussel, and helped kids identify "pregnant" moon jellies (pink rings, ready for spawning!) We did fish prints with Ruth, and decided by popular vote that I should dissect the flounder after it was used for art. We found what we expected to inside the flounder, not totally intact after defrosting and smushing the flounder on rice paper with dye... but the campers loved it!
|Sea star eating a mussel!|
|Jake attacking the city of Boston with his sea monster creation! Beware: part Great White, part Lady's Comb Jellyfish, part sea worm, all real beasts of the Atlantic combined into an imaginary monster!|
Despite being in imaginary peril, the city of Boston and its communities amazed me this week. I will explain more about Community Boating in my next post, but here is one anecdote to close this week. As we put our paddles away after kayaking, one of the counselors pulled Ruth and I aside and told us that she grew up with Save the Harbor. She said she was amazed by the biodiversity STH/STB helped her experience as a child, and she decided to study marine biology because of it. "You guys make an impact, please know how important that was to me," she said, pausing with our paddles to smile and nod at the kids behind us.
We make a difference. We have to remember that, and we have to keep it up for the kids we work with today.
Go jump around in the sand!