“Give the pupils something to do, not something to learn; and the doing is of such a nature as to demand thinking; learning naturally results.”
― John Dewey

This quote is so very relevant to the experiential learning of Soldier Hollow Charter School students during their spring field trips!

Seventh graders experienced an amazing rafting trip with the Canyonlands Field Institute last Wednesday through Friday. They studied the Colorado Plateau through a hands-on adventure while zipping down the rapidly rising waters of the Colorado River. 

Fifth grade had a wonderful three-day trip to Aspen Grove. They enjoyed nature hikes, team building games, rotations aligned with fifth grade standards, and many other outdoor activities. Guest speakers included the Griz kid, Lonnie Reed teaching about astronomy, and an avalanche presentation with Sue and her search dog Woody.

Third grade is learning about ecosystems in science. They have studied the parts of the ecosystem and as a culmination to the unit, they have taken two fields trips that connect to the science standards. Students have chosen an animal at each of the field trips, the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, and the Tracy Aviary, and are working on completing an ecosystem project on the animals they chose. They will include information about their animal including its predators and prey, environment, life cycle, and interesting facts. At the aquarium, students participated in a class that focused on living and non-living things. At the aviary, students were taught by staff about the wetland animals living in Utah and the animal’s adaptations.