The Learning Council was glad to team up with the Paonia Ranger District, The Nature Connection, The Western Slope Conservation Center, Interpretive Association of Western Colorado, BLM, Conservation Legacy, Americorps and Recreational Resource Management to participate in the Celebration of National Public Lands Day at beautiful Lost Lake. What an amazing group of forty volunteers to greet all of the fourth grade students, one hundred and ten of them, of the North Fork Valley and guide a memorable day in the golden mountains. This event was a part of Every Kid in a Park a national campaign encouraging fourth graders to visit public lands.

The Learning Council worked with students to make seed balls, clay balls filled with seeds of native plants. These seed balls were created with the intention of revegetating native flora. Some students threw them out to bare patches in the woods, others brought them home for their own gardens. Our station was with The Nature Connection who made bird houses with students for their schools and served hot chocolate to warm up. We had a great day with the students engaged and enthusiastic to be in such a wonderful environment. The activities of the day were diverse including visiting with pack horses, poetry writing, glacier races, and many more fun learning experiences.

So much gratitude to Paul Kimpling and the good folks at the Paonia Ranger District for organizing a memorable and fun day for all who participated. Thanks to Aimee Olsen and Yama Ishaya the volunteers for The Learning Council. This day met The Learning Council’s success indicators of a wide variety of participants with diverse worldview and age, awesome collaboration, practical skills education encouraging healthy lifestyle, an amazing venue that is inspirational and this was a project that we would love to participate in perennially.

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