During the month of October, Nevada Outdoor School provided several education programs to rural school, homeschool, and distance learning students. Students at Kings River, Paradise Valley, and Imlay learned about the California Trail, Native American Myths, the changing seasons, and dinosaurs. Middle school students shared their favorite outdoor activities and how being responsible outdoors (Leave No Trace) applies to them.
On October 9th, we led a hike with our homeschool students to the overlook in Water Canyon, with nearly 50 students/parents participating. We also held our first Nature After School lesson, where students learned about the California Trail. On October 23rd, we held our first Field Trip Friday at the Humboldt County Shooting Park, where participants learned basic archery skills and safety, as well as learning how to shoot a longbow. On October 29th, we had several students travel to Water Canyon, where they learned about stream ecology and found lots of macroinvertebrates.
We also held our first virtual lesson with Battle Mountain first grade students on October 19th and 20th. Students learned about dinosaurs and fossils, and created their own dinosaur pictures with unique adaptations. Although we aren’t able to provide traditional, in-school lessons like we’ve done in the past, we are excited to see parents and students interested in alternative programming, which we will continue to provide throughout the fall and winter.