Kindling Neighborly Connections between People and Nature.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Tree frogs in the pool!

Today Nature Time at Camp Penn was in the pool; a nice follow up from yesterday’s long hike. One of the special things about the pool at Camp Penn is that there are gray tree frogs everywhere! Today the campers and I located four species of frog; gray tree frog (the dominant species at Camp Penn), wood frog, green frog, and Uncle Frog (nickname of one of the other counselors!). It was a great experience of discovering the wildlife in and around the pool.

Each year during the month of April tree frogs lay their eggs in the water that ends up in the pool from snowmelt. The Staff, led by my friend Sam, has been kind enough to safely transport thousands of tree frog tadpoles to a nearby natural pond before getting the pool ready for campers to swim in it.

It is clear to me that the Staff here at Camp Penn treat the tree frogs as their wild neighbors and that the harmony that exists between people and gray tree frogs here at Camp Penn is representative of the peace that is God’s vision for all places. The way the Staff interacts with and cares for the wildlife and wild spaces in and around the camp is a profound reflection of the love of God in Jesus.

What kinds of wildlife live near you? How will you work to live in peace and harmony with your wild neighbors?

(Need any tips, pointers, or ideas? Feel free to drop me a message or give me a call. RHANLON@SUSUMC.ORG or 412-992-6648)

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