Pinnacle Charter Academy

Fun and Fishing at Family Nature Night

April 7, 2016

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

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Upon entry, the SOLE team was surprised to see a beautiful welcome posted on the wall. We love Pinnacle, too! Pictured are a few of our lucky raffle prize winners.

Pinnacle students and their families enjoyed an evening of nature themed fun with Colorado Parks & Wildlife and our fantastic participating partners: Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, The Wildlife Experience, Cabela’s, History Colorado, Butterfly Pavilion, Denver Botanic Gardens, Lookout Mountain Nature Center, and the United States Forest Service.

The evening was filled with an array of exciting, educational outdoor activities. Students shouted with delight during Backyard Bass fishing practice and gasped with excitement at the opportunity to test their archery skills. Bird photos graced the walls- binoculars and field guides were the only way to identify them! Students giggled as they contorted themselves during Wildlife Track Twister and gazed wide-eyed at a variety of live insects. Meanwhile, families put their heads together to solve wildlife trivia and Colorado history bingo. In perfect time for spring, families also planted their very own flowers to take home.

The night culminated with pizza and prizes. Many families won fantastic outdoor gear donated by Coleman, History Colorado tickets, and even a State Parks pass. The raffle could hardly be heard over all the excitement!

The only thing better than getting kids outdoors is including the entire family. The SOLE team would like to thank all of our partners, Pinnacle staff, and everyone else who made this event happen.


Pinnacle Plays at History Colorado

January 13, 2016

Pinnacle Charter Elementary SOLE students embarked on their History Colorado experience this week. Pinnacle is one of our largest schools, so they had to divide their classes over three days of field trips at History Colorado! The students were thrilled to explore the hands-on exhibits. This was Pinnacle’s third and final field trip experience for the 2015-2016 school year, so we will next be hosting their Family Nature Night…we can’t wait to connect with students and their families on that night!

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Exploring Denver Botanic Gardens with Pinnacle SOLE Students

November 5, 2015

Pinnacle Charter Academy ventured out on their second SOLE trip of the semester to The Denver Botanic Gardens, Chatfield location. Colorado offered up a crisp first week of November, seemingly encompassing all of the state’s seasonal beauty in the span of a few short days. Plentiful sunshine, vividly-colored falling leaves, and a dusting of snow allotted a variety of experiences for the Timberwolves, who handled it all in stride as they explored all this working farm had to offer.

Students rotated around a variety of field stations where they learned about everything ecology—from beavers to cattails and cottonwoods—as well as stations on campus that explored the history and workings of a farm from the area’s earlier days. Students let out a harmonious “Wooow” when teachers cracked open a plump cattail seed pod and sent plumes of cottony seeds adrift into the sky.

The other big-hits with the students included getting to pet “Gracie” the goat, free exploration of the historical farm and the surrounding riparian ecosystem, and discovering the secret stars that lie within growth nodes of cottonwood tree branches.

Did you know the snapped growth-nodes of Cottonwood branches reveal a perfectly formed star in the center?
Did you know the growth nodes of Cottonwood branches reveal a perfectly formed star in the center?

Before students departed, they investigated an ecosystem engineer that was changing the landscape at Chatfield gardens right before their eyes: Beavers! Lead interpreters let kids explore the riparian zone for clues before talking about this incredibly adapted mammal. “Justin Beaver” was the unanimous mascot for the day, and each Timberwolf made sure to pet the preserved park pal’s pelt before boarding the bus. Thanks so much to Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield and the Pinnacle Elementary teachers & chaperones; we had a great time with you this week!

 


Pinnacle on the Plains

October 15, 2015

Pinnacle Charter Academy visited The Plains Conservation Center this past Columbus Day to explore what life was like for nomadic Native Americans as well as early homesteaders. SOLE students discussed late 19th century history, the many uses of a buffalo, and explored the ins and outs of living on the prairie, including getting to feed a few friendly cattle.

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