Grand County students enjoy outdoor education
Dec 14, 2005 | 305 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Throughout the fall, students from Red Rock

Elementary and Helen M. Knight Intermediate Schools have been exploring

the local public lands with the Canyon Country Outdoor Education

Program.

    At Big Bend campground along the banks of the

Colorado River, fourth grade explorations focused on how animals

survive in our high desert ecosystem. Students investigated several

animals local to Southeastern Utah including: geese, eagles, beaver,

deer and mountain lions.  Sixth grade students examined the

hundreds of organisms that filled desert potholes at Sand Flats.

Students were equally impressed with the three-inch tadpole shrimp and

the microscopic rotifers.

    Second grade students also traveled to Sand Flats in

order to investigate the properties, origins and uses of our local

rocks. Second grade students compared how we use rocks now as opposed

to how they were used in ancient times. They used magnifying lenses to

explore biological soil crusts up close; and studied differences in

three rock types. Third grade students journeyed back through time

(also known as the tunnel at Culvert Canyon) to experience the simple

machines ancient people used to make their lives easier. Students threw

atlatls, made fire using a bow-drill, ground corn, and made simple

stone tools.

    At Arches National Park, fifth grade students

searched for the fossils left from the ancient sea that once covered

Moab. In addition, students investigated the geologic processes that

created the landscape in and around Moab. They reenacted the movement

along the Moab fault; created their own arches, and reassembled local

rock layers.

    Canyon County Outdoor Education is a partnership

with the National Park Service, the Youth Garden Project and Grand

County School District. Its mission is to help students safely

experience and understand the natural and cultural resources of our

national parks and surrounding areas, and to enhance existing

state-approved science curricula. There are currently openings for

part-time AmeriCorps instructors who split their time between the Youth

Garden Project and Canyon Country Outdoor Education. Further

information can be obtained by calling Heidi Wainer at 719-2260. 

Copyright 2013 The Times-Independent. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

report abuse...

Express yourself:

We're glad to give readers a forum to express their points of view on issues important to this community. That forum is the “Letters to the Editor.” Letters to the editor may be submitted directly to The Times-Independent through this link and will be published in the print edition of the newspaper. All letters must be the original work of the letter writer – form letters will not be accepted. All letters must include the actual first and last name of the letter writer, the writer’s address, city and state and telephone number. Anonymous letters will not be accepted.

Letters may not exceed 400 words in length, must be regarding issues of general interest to the community, and may not include personal attacks, offensive language, ethnic or racial slurs, or attacks on personal or religious beliefs. Letters should focus on a single issue. Letters that proselytize or focus on theological debates will not be published. During political campaigns, The Times-Independent will not publish letters supporting or opposing any local candidate. Thank you letters are generally not accepted for publication unless the letter has a public purpose. Thank you letters dealing with private matters that compliment or complain about a business or individual will not be published. Nor will letters listing the names of individuals and/or businesses that supported a cause or event. Thank you letters about good Samaritan acts will be considered at the discretion of the newspaper.