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This week marked the closing ceremony for Project Wadi Attir’s first Young Ecologist Summer Camp. Thirty-five local campers spent nine days together, caring for and observing animals, doing science experiments, making eco-art, building teepees, playing team-building games, and lots, lots more!

On the last day, campers were awarded with a graduation certificate, with their parents in attendance. They also had the chance to present on a topic they learned about in camp to 400 students from the surrounding areas.

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We are so proud of our first group of campers and we look forward to next summer!

Please enjoy these photos from our summer camp:

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Examining animal skulls

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Learning from Ali Alhawashla, Director of the Medicinal Plants Initiative, about the Bedouin herbal healing tradition (Check out our future healer in red on the right!)

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Observing a bird’s nest, with eggs ready to hatch!

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Collecting fossils, bones and stones from the project site

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Making sand art

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Preparing the land for a garden

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Learning from Um Attia of the project’s dairy about the Bedouin cheese-making tradition, and eating some homemade yogurt in the process!

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Singing and dancing with volunteers from JNF-USA’s Shorashim program

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Building a teepee

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Watering a newly-planted garden

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…and having fun!

To view our post from the first day of camp, click here.

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