King Murphy Elementary

King Murphy’s Family Nature Night

King-Murphy Elementary 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students and their parents joined Colorado Parks & Wildlife and their incredible partners for their annual Family Nature Night in Evergreen this week. While the days are getting shorter as we near winter, families stayed out late to enjoy hands-on stations where they could make their own arrowheads with The Humphrey History Park and Museum, create a three dimensional animal track with Jeffco Open Space, play historical bingo with History Colorado, and a variety of interpretive, informational, and just plain fun stations hosted by Bear Creek Lake Park, the US Forest Service, and Colorado Parks & Wildlife.

In the gymnasium, families could try their hand at archery with The Wildlife Experience, and fish casting with Cabelas! It was a fun-filled night rounded off with a pizza party and a multitude of great prizes from Coleman and Colorado Parks & Wildlife given away!

King-Murphy students showing off the awesome outdoor gear they won during the Night’s prize raffle!

We want to extend a big thank you to all of our participating partners! The SOLE team is busy preparing for the final Family Nature Night of the Fall semester, and even still, we can’t wait to be back at King-Murphy again!


Exploring Chatfield State Park

Students from Evergreen’s King-Murphy Elementary ventured down to Littleton’s Chatfield State Park to participate in their first SOLE outing. Students got a sense of place by exploring the foothills landscape before heading out on a guided walk with Park Ranger Cody to explore Slocum Cabin, one of the oldest known standing structures in the state.


Students had lunch with the company of a gentle Autumn wind and plenty of October sunshine before rotating between two stations. At the first, they learned more about the background of the park & reservoir and its unique relationship with historical flooding. 

Groups then ventured down a sandy walkway to the beach where they dipped their toes in the water to learn more about the big world of macroinvertebrates that live below just the surface! The day seemed to fly by exploring the terrestrial and riparian environments; students and staff alike had an awesome day exploring Chatfield hands-on and we can’t wait to do it again!