Last week, the KIPP: Sunshine Peak Academy (KSPA) CAP Club headed out for an exciting second field day at the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms. The group was very adaptable after their original plan to visit The GrowHaus had to be changed, and they embraced the spontaneity on a trip filled with games, learning, and laughter.
Upon arriving at Chatfield, CAP Club set out on one of the park’s many nature trails. Their first stop was to play a game of sardines in a unique nest-like structure on the property. The team navigated the nest’s many twists and turns through a few rounds of this exciting game. When they finished, they hopped back on the trail and continued their exploration through the gardens.
Along the trail, they passed streams, historic wood shelters and ice houses, and they even got to see a bee hotel! Many students were surprised to learn that Colorado alone has over 800 species of bees! After reading about all the unique structures in the park, the group arrived at a chicken coop, where they had a chance to see chickens, roosters, ducks, bunnies, and a beautiful pony! After taking time to connect with the animals, they made their way to the van to travel back to school.
Back at KSPA, the CAP Club checked in their gear and played a few rounds of Where’s My Almond (a game featuring the club’s honorary stuffed animal mascot) in the newly renovated gym. After they were all tired out, they gathered to share their favorite parts of the day and review what they had learned. They wrapped up the day with hot, delicious pizza and a few rounds of “Extreme Rock Paper Scissors.” The group said their goodbyes and headed home to reflect on their eventful and fun-filled field day!
Written by CI Instructor Alex Simonian
See more photos from the day here!