Many of us take for granted a love of the outdoors. Yet some children never get out in nature. And others know little about our amazing Colorado plants and wildlife. To foster a love of the outdoors in local students, two events took place this fall.
The Bureau of Land Management hosted Cottonwood Days in mid-September. Uncompahgre Partnership staff and many other volunteers taught local 6th graders. The students loved finding critters on the bottom of river rocks, getting up close and personal with fish, hiking, and much more.
In late September, the U.S. Forest Service organized a Public Lands Day event for 3rd and 4th graders on the Dave Wood Interpretive Trail. Many of the children had never been on a nature hike before. They loved seeing birds, butterflies, and learning about forests and wildlife. Events like these help students to become lovers of nature and wise stewards of our public lands.