For the twelfth year in a row, Moab was the classroom for the 4th graders last week. The students worked hard all year in academics and behavior with one of the ultimate goals to show their readiness for this big annual trip for Soldier Hollow’s 4th grade. With comfortable transportation on a chartered bus, the 4th grade travelled to Moab with their first stop at the John Wesley Powell Museum in Green River, Utah. The students were introduced to the life and accomplishments of John Wesley Powell who explored the Colorado River. After that, they continued to Moab where they hiked Grandstaff Trail, a rare perennial stream along the Colorado River. The second day of the trip was spent discovering the wonders of Arches National Park led by expert guides from the Canyonlands Field Institute of Moab. On the third day of their adventure, the students hiked the iconic Delicate Arch trail with stops at John Wesley Wolfe’s ranch, and Ute petroglyph panels. Each student kept a journal of the trip, noted interesting observations, sketched pictures, and listed observed species of desert plants and animals. The students learned about the adaptations of desert plants and animals, the formation of sedimentary rocks, and the environmental issues of the desert.
Both evenings of the trip to Moab, were spent with games, crafts and activities. Students and chaperones were lucky to have their meals prepared by Heber’s own Dean Hottle of Snake Creek Grill. Not many school field trips are complete with beef tenderloin and pork ribs from an award winning chef!
The trip to Moab was once again an amazing educational experience for all the students and hopefully, a trip they will never forget!