Secrest Elementary

Students Share Their Experiences

During the 2015-2016 year, SOLE has undertaken a new way of evaluating student experiences: Photo-Elicitation. During this process, students take photos of what they learned and what they’d like to share with others. This helps us gather students’ perspectives and understand the experiences they have during field trips.

Random Secrest students were selected to participate during their field trip to Barr Lake State Park. See what they experienced here!

Secrest Visits Barr Lake State Park

On May 4th, students from Secrest Elementary had the opportunity to visit Barr Lake, where they went on a winding nature path through the refuge and had the opportunity to see the ecosystem residents big and small. Through a spotting scope, students watched two Bald Eagles feed their nestlings fish from the lake and, through a solar-powered microscope, saw the tiniest creatures on which the Barr Lake ecosystem relies. Students also visited the nature center and Raptor Room before closely inspecting skulls and examining the teeth of carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores.

Some students assisted the Colorado Parks and Wildlife by agreeing to be “camera scientists” and taking photos of their experience to give a kid’s perspective on their field trip for our photo elicitation project.


Secrest Explores History Colorado

Secrest Elementary visited History Colorado this week, and they had a great time! Each and every History Colorado field trip visit amazes us with how engaged and excited the students are to learn about Colorado’s history. From exploring the dust bowl days to present history, Secrest students learned a lot!

Family Nature Night

The SOLE program and its valued partners ventured over the river and through the woods to Secrest Elementary, to deck the halls with…interpretive stations, fun & games, exciting giveaways from Coleman, and plenty of information to help get kids and their families outside!

Families lining up to sign in at Secrest’s Family Nature Night.

The main hallway back down to the dining hall was lined with exhibits offering plenty of activities for families to complete together. Stations included wildlife trivia with Colorado Parks & Wildlife,  Colorado Bingo with History Colorado Center, and making replica animal tracks with Lookout Mountain Nature Center.

Further down the hall, families had the chance to go on an indoor “bird watch” with Bird Conservancy of the Rockies (with binoculars and all!), check out some creepy-cool invertebrates from the Butterfly Pavilion, learn more about amphibians & reptiles with Majestic View Nature Center, and get their hands dirty planting flowers with the Denver Botanic Gardens.

In the gymnasium, students had the chance to let the fun fly with Cabelas and The Wildlife Experience as they tried their hand at fish casting and archery! As it turns out, Secrest Elementary is home to many a future skilled angler as tons of plastic fish were caught from the gym floor (don’t worry preservationists, this was a strictly catch-and-release event).

Around the final bend and into the cafeteria, one last station gave kids the chance to color their own apparel by making t-shirts with Barr Lake State Park!

The night was capped with a variety of awesome camping gear prizes from Coleman, and for one lucky student and their family, a gift certificate from Colorado Parks & Wildlife that allows them access to all 42 Colorado parks for the next year via a State Parks Pass! However, everyone was treated to a pizza party and time spent together as a family.

The SOLE program would like to thank our partners for making the evening special for all involved; we had an awesome time together at Secrest Elementary’s Family Nature Night!