Recreation district offering day hikes for girls

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MEEKER -- Heidi Ham, director of Eastern Rio Blanco Parks and Recreation District, is more than a little excited about a new outdoor recreation adventure for girls in the 6th- to -8th grades.
Ham said Barone Middle School science teacher Jamie Carling has volunteered to guide day nature hikes for middle school girls Aug 2 and Aug.9.
Carling, who has a summer job with Grand Junction Bureau of Land Management studying ferrets, said she was beginning to miss "her students" and thought this would be a fun way to get them outside and to learn about nature.
"The hike part will be just fun and this is a great opportunity to identify native plants and grasses along with the wildlife in the area," she said.
Ham said the district was thrilled that Carling came forward and wanted to volunteer her time.
Carling said they will hike in the Flat Tops Wilderness, possibly South Fork or Marvine. "I will let the girls decide exactly where," she said.
Carling, an avid outdoor enthusiast, going into her third year teaching science and is excited to offer the class.
The day trip starts at the Parks and Recreation building at 8 a.m. and is limited to five girls. Those interested should sign up.
Participants need to bring a sack lunch and water and wear appropriate hiking clothing. For more information, call the Recreation Center at 878-3403.

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