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DAY 2

Enter the Rainforest

Denizens of the Rainforest Floor

Today, you'll want to put your rainboots on and grab your flashlight! We're delving deep into the dark, damp layers of the rainforest floor and understory, where sunlight is limited and rain is plentiful. We'll learn about (and avoid running into!) an animal that's as tiny as a bottle cap but powerful enough to kill 10 humans, spiders big enough to eat birds, and a lot more. We'll also work alongside the local Ba'aka people, helping them track and protect gorillas in the Congo!

what you’ll need

  • A computer, tablet, or mobile phone and access to the internet
  • Pens, crayons, markers, or colored pencils
  • Paper (large, A4 size if possible)
  • A paper plate (optional)

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FOR PARENTS

Ask About Today

What rainforest products did you find in our home? What layer of the rainforest would they be found in?

Dinner Discussion

Imagine having the poison of a dart frog, but rather than kill, a dose of it could change something about a person. What would your "poison" do?

Skip the Ads

Unfortunately, online videos often start with short advertisements. Remind your campers to click the "Skip" button as soon as they can to move ahead to the video.

explore

15-30 minutes

Start with these short videos to get a feel for the different animals that live in the forest floor and understory.

01

Bird-Eating What?

This goliath bird-eating spider is a predator to many insects and small animals on the forest floor. But it also has predators of its own!

WATCH

Remember: Online videos often start with advertisements. (Annoying, we agree!) Click the "Skip" button as soon as you can to move ahead to the video.

02

Poison Dart Frogs

Meet the poison dart frog: Tiny, colorful, and one of the most toxic animals on earth.

03

Follow the Jaguar's Path

When night falls, these stealthy cats prowl the rainforest floor. Learn all about them, and how scientists are working to protect their future.

04

Gorillas Don't Want to Grow Up

In this video from BBC Earth, you'll learn about silverback gorillas and meet one teenage gorilla who still can't resist playing with his younger siblings.

05

Rainforest Recap

Check out this beautiful video from National Geographic to get a quick refresher on rainforests and why they're so important to protect.

create

45-60 minutes

Grab some paper and drawing utensils. Today we'll be following along with this father-son and -daughter duo as they teach us how to draw some awesome rainforest animals and make an origami snake.

01

Draw a Jaguar

Fun fact: While you may think of jaguars padding softly through the shadows of the forest floor, they are also excellent swimmers who hunt fish, turtles, and even caimans—a type of crocodile.

CHECK IT OUT

Share your work! We'd love to see it. Ask a parent to email a photo to us or share it on Instagram or Twitter by tagging @CampKinda.

02

Draw a Tarantula

The goliath bird-eating spider is the largest tarantula in the world. Not even a jaguar would want to tangle with one of these.

03

Fold Up a Boa Constrictor

Done drawing? Try your hand at making one of the rainforest's many snakes—out of paper!

read

30-45 minutes

01

Get to Know the Gorillas

Gorillas are nicknamed the "king of the jungle." Read about why they're so important, how they live in the forest, why they're at risk, and what we can do to help!

02

Tracking Gorillas with the Ba'aka

The local Ba'aka people in the Congo basin want to help protect the gorillas and their environment. Learn how they track gorillas in the rainforest, and what special skill is needed to help find them.

03

Wait, That's Not a Vine

Meet the python, a snake that's equally at home on the rainforest floor as in the understory or canopy layers above, and can grow to be more than 30 feet long. Learn more about it and its special heat-sensing superpowers with the San Diego Zoo.

For younger explorers

Amazing Animals

Meet toucans, tapirs, and more incredible creatures in this read-along of the book Amazing Animals: Rainforest Adventure.

play

15-30 minutes

Imagine this: You were chosen by the local Ba'aka people to be a part of their conservation efforts to track gorillas. It's time to test your listening skills.

01

Listening Like the Ba'aka

First level
Click the button and listen to the sounds of the rainforest for 1 -2 minutes. Write down all the different sounds you hear!

Second level
Test your skills in the real outdoors! You'll need a pencil, a piece of paper, and a parent's permission.

1) To start, mark the center of a piece of paper with an X.

2) Then, go stand outside in your backyard or nearby park and close your eyes.

3) When you hear a sound, make a mark on your paper that shows the sound's direction and distance from you. For example, a wavy line could represent a gust of wind, a musical note could indicate a bird, a smiley face could be someone talking. How many sounds can you capture?

Third level
This is the big test! Get a parent or guardian, sibling or friend to help.

1) Close your eyes and stand in the middle of a room or outside

2) Have your helper quietly snap/clap and move at the same time

3) Can you locate where they are? How about where they're going?

02

Play the Snake Game with Google

You're a snake. It's time to eat. Just watch out for the walls!

For younger explorers

Guess the Animal

Listen to the sounds and try to guess the animal, featuring some animals you already know and some you probably don't!

move

15-30 minutes

01

Rainforest Treasure Hunt

There's a rainforest in your house! (Well, kinda). Use this checklist and walk around your home to see for yourself what products you use from the rainforest, everyday. Try and keep track of things you use on a daily basis.

more to explore

30-45 minutes

Let's find some more rainforest rocks to look under.

01

Ant Army

Watch how this army of ants works together and moves through the jungle. They may be small (and blind!) but we wouldn't mess with them.

CHECK IT OUT

Note: This video features a LOT of up-close ants and bugs eating other bugs. If that kind of thing gives you the creeps, you might want to skip it.

02

Treefrogs in Focus

Get to know the red-eyed tree frog better in this article from National Geographic Kids.

03

Not So Special: Rainforest Soil

You might think that rainforest soil would be extra-rich and great for growing things, right? Well, not so much.

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