Las Animas Elementary

Las Animas Families Explore the Outdoors During Family Nature Night

May 5, 2016

Las Animas students, their families, and SOLE partners joined together for a night of fun, fishing, and other outdoor activities.


Students and their families enjoyed an evening of nature themed fun with Colorado Parks & Wildlife and our fantastic participating partners:  U.S. Forest Service and Bent’s Fort.

As the sun beamed through blue skies, families cast out their lines and reeled in “fish” from a sea of grass. Indoors, live fish— the infants called sac fry— swam about as students peered at them through microscopes for a good look.

Families worked together to solve wildlife trivia and outdoor scavenger hunts. After being inspired by a fun bird identification activity, children created their own species of bird using nothing but crayons and imagination. Meanwhile, students gasped with excitement at the opportunity to try archery.

After exploring the outdoors and local history, it was time for s’mores! Las Animas staff set up a fun buffet of goodies and contained fires to roast them on. There’s nothing better to precede an in-school movie showing of The Great Outdoors.

As always, the night culminated with pizza and prizes. Thanks to Cabela’s, many families went home with great outdoor gear such as kids’ tents, sleeping bags, and water bottles. Others won fishing poles, binoculars, History Colorado tickets, and even our grand prize annual State Parks pass!

What a beautiful, sunny evening to be outside! The only thing better than getting kids outdoors is including the entire family. The SOLE program would like to thank all of our partners, Las Animas staff, and everyone else who made this event happen.

A Overnight Field Trip of Fun

Students from Las Animas Elementary School made the long trek to Denver to participate in a SOLE field trip of epic proportions this past week. First stopping by the Butterfly Pavilion to acquaint themselves with the huge world of little invertebrates, students then ventured to the Colorado Parks & Wildlife office for a variety of interpretive activities, archery, and a pizza-party dinner. From there, the group of Thunderbirds departed for the recently completed History Colorado, a beautiful new facility highlighting our state’s illustrious past with interactive and informative exhibits.

Kids and staff then had the incredible chance to sleepover at the museum among the exhibits, and went on a walking tour of Denver and Civic Center Park the following morning.

Spanning biology, history, civics, physical education, a little bit of fishing, and a whole lot of fun; this SOLE outing broke the mold for what is possible on a field-trip. A BIG thanks for our partners and Las Animas staff for making this multi-day excursion possible.

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