Two-toed sloth
Photo by Fran Whitlock

Photo Essay: Family Rainforest Camp

Photo Essay: Family Rainforest Camp

Nov 9, 2018|Holbrook in the Field| by Holbrook Travel

Over the summer, Florida Museum of Natural History staff led the inaugural Family Rainforest Camp at Selva Verde Lodge, joined by young campers and their families from the US. Campers took part in workshops and a BioBlitz, and they used technology to share their experiences with museum campers back in Florida.

Among the participants was Fran Whitlock CTC, a long-time travel consultant for Holbrook Travel. But she wasn’t alone! Joined by her partner John Gregory and granddaughter Jaylee, Fran and her family of three set off for the family adventure of a lifetime.

Take a look at their story, told in images, below.

On the plane to Costa Rica—the adventure begins!

photo by Fran Whitlock

 

Hiking in the Rainforest at Selva Verde

photo by John A. Gregory

 

Wildlife sightings, up-close and personal...

Eyelash Viper

photo by John A. Gregory

 

Three-toed Sloth

photo by John A. Gregory

 

Connecting with local students at a school in Sarapiquí

photo by John A. Gregory

 

“The kids loved the school visit—they played tag, duck duck goose, and hide-and-go-seek together. The parents understood that no matter where children live, they all speak the same language with laughter,” said Fran.

Searching for frogs in the forest

photo by Fran Whitlock

 

Sharing discoveries with campers back in Florida

photo by Fran Whitlock

 

Getting hands-on experience with chocolate making—from fruit to final product

photo by Fran Whitlock

 

Standing inside the center of a tree

photo by Fran Whitlock

 

Reforestation project: campers doing their part in planting trees

photo by Fran Whitlock

 

“The reforestation project was a favorite for parents and children alike. After listening to Willy Pineda’s talk on the biological corridor the campers understood the significance of this work for maintaining this important area and were grateful for the opportunity to help. The only downside was walking and working in the heat,” noted Fran.

Getting a microscopic look at specimens found in the forest

photo by Fran Whitlock

 

Nocturnal hikes in the rainforest

photo by John A. Gregory

 

Happy Campers!

photo by Fran Whitlock

“The best part of the trip for me was witnessing the change in Jaylee. In just a week’s time she came alive, it was like watching a beautiful butterfly emerge from a cocoon,” said Fran.

Join the Florida Museum of Natural History Family Rainforest Camp in summer 2019.

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