Grand County students enjoy outdoor education
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    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


    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. 

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