Students traveled to Sand Flats and spent time investigating the properties and origins of some of our local rocks. They then tested their knowledge in a relay race. Students discovered how sandstone was formed by attempting to make their own sandstone, and experimented to discover how sandstone erodes into world-class formations.
At another learning station, students compared rocks that are used now as opposed to how they were used in ancient times. Many students were surprised to learn that the metal spoon they use at breakfast was once a rock.
Students also hiked through the sandstone fins and used magnifying lenses to explore biological soil crusts up close.
Canyon Country Outdoor Education is a partnership between the National Park Service, the Youth Garden Project and the Grand County School System which allows students to explore hands-on science in the outdoors.
The program currently has openings for part-time AmeriCorps instructors. For more information contact Heidi Wainer at 719-2260.