Overnight Adventure in the Valley with Queen Palmer!
May 12th-May 13th, 2016
In May, Queen Palmer Elementary students traveled to the San Luis Valley to explore the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Fort Garland History Museum! At the Sand Dunes, they had a sensory experience when they made sunscreen from lichen, tasted berries, smelled trees and felt the warm sand beneath their toes. When they arrived to their overnight sleeping quarters at Fort Garland they were put to the test in completing 4 survival stations with Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff. Students learned about hunting, tracking animals, how bears survive and some outdoor survival skills with hands on activities and games. After a pizza dinner, they explored more of the history of the Fort, they got messy making adobe bricks, launched soda bottle rockets toward the sky and carved soap! Finally, they gathered around the campfire to roast marshmallows for S’mores before lights out in the same barracks that soldiers had once slept in so many years ago.
Day 2 of their adventure taught them perseverance on their hike to Zapata Falls and a stop at the Colorado Gators Reptile Park to see alligators and more before returning home to Colorado Springs. Quite an adventure for sure!
Queen Palmer Explores History
April 7, 2016
We are excited to welcome Queen Palmer Elementary to our 2015-2016 SOLE program!