Park County Students Study Science, Snow and Seasonal Wonders at Sacramento Creek Ranch

Students snowshoeing at Sacramento Creek Ranch.

Park County Students Study Science, Snow and Seasonal Wonders at Sacramento Creek Ranch

Snow School is a partnership between Mountain Area Land Trust (MALT), Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative (MRHI), and Park County School District to introduce local elementary-aged students to the magic of winter in their own community.

Over the past few months, students have made weekly visits to Sacramento Creek Ranch (SCR) in Fairplay to experience this winter wonderland.

At Snow School, students are given the opportunity to use thermometers and scientific instruments to measure, collect and study snow. Students are also enjoying snowshoeing, and for many, it’s their first time. They observe the winter landscape, identify animal tracks and scat, and explore how wind and temperature shape the snow.

It is widely recognized that the benefits of outdoor play and exploration have positive effects on a child’s overall health, creativity, focus, emotional development, cognitive development, motor skills and independence.

“We are thrilled to be a part of this educational experience,” MALT Executive Director Lynn Caligiuri shares. “It’s exciting to see the kids connect with the land and we hope these experiences instill in them a passion for nature and protecting the places they love.