February 22, 2018

Local Elementary Students Learn About History

Mural Artist Lois Sprague teaches children about the history on the mural painted on the side of the Ute Pass Cultural Center. Photo By Trevor Phipps

To start May off last week the local school district planned a number of outdoor activities aimed at teaching students local history. Many local students received a unique chance to learn about history. Last Wednesday May 3, all of the fourth graders in the school disctrict went to Aspen Valley Ranch to learn about various aspects of Colorado history. The next day, Thursday May 4, over 60 second graders went to the Ute Pass Historical Society History Park to tour the museum’s buildings and learn about Woodland Park history. For the most part the weather was not horrible for either day and the kids seemed to have fun being in the outdoors while learning about Colorado.
Every year the Woodland Park RE-2 School District invites every student attending fourth grade from all three schools to go to the History Rendezvous at the local Aspen Valley Ranch. Many volunteers set up different stations at the ranch to teach the children different aspects of Colorado history. One station is a teepee where students learn about the lives of the Native Americans that called Colorado their home at one time. There was also an area where kids could learn how to pan for gold! The weather for the event started out cloudy and cold with slight snow flurries then it cleared up and was sunny in the afternoon.

Fourth Graders learn about history at Aspen Valley Ranch. Photo By Trevor Phipps
The next day the weather stayed warm and sunny and was a perfect day for the second graders history tour. This year was the first year that the Ute Pass Historical Society based the tour around the Colorado state education standards for history. The students went to different stations learning about things such as the historic mural, life as a homesteader and how to pack a wagon. The volunteers at the museum made sure to teach the kids about things that were already in there curriculum. At one station the children learned how to wash clothes with a wash board and tub!

By Trevor Phipps


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