|Teaching a family about crabs|
For Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday I was stationed at All Access Boating. This is the most sought-after site among JPA's, and for good reason. It's a ton of fun. We start each morning collecting supplies and heading over to the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion to sign in and lead each group of kids over to the seating area where David Coffin, the Harbor Historian of the All Access program. He gives a wonderful speech every morning to the hundreds of kids that participate in the program about the cleaning of the harbor and the history of spectacle island (which I will include and elaborate on in the next paragraph) and the role of Deer Island, which is currently a waste processing plant. After David's speech, we head over to the ferry and sail to Spectacle Island. Upon arrival, the kids have a few options, including fishing (provided by us), sports (also provided by us), hiking, and swimming. I worked the sports station on Tuesday and Thursday, which was a lot of fun when 3 kids showed up with a soccer ball and I joined them for some 2-on-2 action. Fishing was very popular on Wednesday when I worked at that station, and our best catch that day was a huge spider crab. It hardly fit in the touch tank we brought, and was a big hit for all of the kids.
|Infographic on glacial drumlin formation|
On Friday instead of being at the Children's Museum, I was across the channel at the Atlantic Wharf site, which means I only need to be at Camp Harborview once this summer to have worked at every site Save the Harbor gives free programming to. We taught kids how to fish and how to make fish prints, and helped them make a mural about Atlantic Wharf. My favorite kid on Friday was a girl named Madeline who, after learning how to fish, explained the finer details of Teen Titans Go while waiting for a bite on her line. I loved the old Teen Titans show as a kid, so it was a lot of fun to hear a kid loving a modern version of a show I loved. The kids didn't have much luck catching anything on the line, as only one kid pulled something up and it was just a green crab. Our real catch of the day was while we were cleaning up the crab trap. We pulled up the BIGGEST lobster I have ever seen. Luckily the kids hadn't left yet, so we had lots of fun holding it and figuring out if it was a keeper or not (it ended up being too big to keep). It's crusher claw was the size of my hand! Brianna was a bit disappointed that she couldn't keep it as a free dinner, but putting it back will just result in more lobsters in the future.
|Brianna's (almost) dinner|
Next week will be a fun week because the fishing derby is next week! I'm not too good at fishing, but wish me luck!
Song of the week: Oh Love by Misterwives (this one's going on my workout playlist)
See you in the next blog!