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Camouflage Collage


Create a Camouflage Collage

Many reptiles and amphibians have camouflage abilities that allow them to blend in with their environment to hide from predators. Use sticks, leaves, and other natural materials that you find around you to create a collage that can camouflage with the natural landscape of the park. Take a picture of your collage among the foliage and test friends and family to see if they can accurately point it out.
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Science Seed

Camouflage is an adaptation that allows some animals to blend in with parts of their environment. Camouflage is not only used to disguise animals from predators but it is also used by many predators as a tool for hunting and hiding from their prey. There are 4 basic types of camouflage 1) concealing coloration (hiding against a background of the same color, eg. polar bears), 2) disruptive coloration (spots, stripes, and other patterns that disguise an animal’s body shape, eg. zebras), 3) disguise (like #1, but with textures and shapes, eg. walking stick bug) and 4) mimicry (copying characteristics of unappetizing animals, eg. the viceroy butterfly looks just like its toxic cousin, the monarch).
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earn Badges

Badges can be earned through hands-on experiences within each of the 16 branches of science, or “Science Slices.” You can earn a badge in each branch of science by doing four activities in these categories. We also encourage participants to keep a Nature Journal to record their memories, and to express themselves creatively through writing or drawing after each activity. We recommend that each child (and parent if they’d like) write or draw in a journal after each activity, with expectations of your children that match their age (the goal is self-expression, not perfection).

Explore the Travis Elementary

Use this map to help you guide your way through the Travis Elementary as you complete activities.

join Families in Nature

It is our vision to inspire all families to fall in love with nature and foster the next generation of conservationists. Becoming a member of Families in Nature will give your family the opportunity to have adventures in nature, experience field science, develop as youth conservation leaders, and make memories that will last a lifetime. Memberships are free for everyone.

Who are we?

Families in Nature works to create opportunities for nature connection with the purpose of sparking a deep love and desire to protect, conserve and restore the environment. Our mission is to connect children and their families to nature and to each other through time spent learning, playing, and volunteering outdoors. It is our vision to inspire ALL families to fall in love with nature and foster the next generation of conservationists.

SPARK’s mission is to work with public schools to develop their playgrounds into community parks. SPARK has built 200+ community parks in 17 different school districts throughout the Houston area. Each park is designed based on ideas and needs of the school and surrounding neighborhoods. While all of the parks are different, a typical park consists of modular playground equipment, a walking trail, benches, picnic tables, trees, an outdoor classroom, and a public art component.

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