Students learn about nature

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By JOSH NICHOLS
Daily Press writer
A group of third graders spent Friday morning at Loudy-Simpson Park working on a kiosk and learning about nature.
Students from Gail Petch's third grade class at Sunset Elementary were instructed by Colorado State Park rangers Ed Keleher and Jennifer Castro.
A kiosk is a panel set up at many nature areas that provides information about wildlife in the area.
Students in Petch's class added a display of work by Moffat County students to one of the kiosk panels. It included short stories, poems and pictures about nature written by area students.
The program Watchable Wildlife and Parks (WWP), is funded through Great Outdoors Colorado, is responsible for the several kiosks scattered throughout wildlife areas in the state.
"The main goal is to provide the public with where and how they can observe wildlife," Keleher said.
"If you write about nature it might show up on one of the kiosks," Castro told the students. She then told the students that a lot of the writing on the kiosk could have been done by students in their school.
After they were finished putting up the display and listening to the park rangers, Petch had each student read from the variety of poems and essays on the kiosk.
In addition to their kiosk work, students took a walk on the nature trail and learned about birds, Petch said. They then played the thicket game where they all hid and tried to camouflage themselves in the trees and brush.
Then they worked on the display.
The kiosk at Loudy-Simpson is neat for the students because they know all the work done on them was done by students, Petch said.
A lot of kiosks at the state parks in Hayden are also made by the students, she said.
What is also interesting about the kiosks is that the students' work was not transferred into another style in order to be displayed.
Using computers, she said, the exact work as it was put on paper by students, was enlarged and put behind glass for the display.
To cap off the morning, students hiked back to the camping area at Loudy-Simpson to eat the sack lunches they had packed for themselves.

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