As the snow began to melt, we ventured outside to Rocky Mountain National Park. We still needed snow boots for the early spring hike, but no longer snow shoes, as the trails were more than half clear. Another National Park, meant we completed, yet another Jr. ranger booklet to earn a badge.
We followed some animal tracks on our hike and when we returned to the Rangers station, the ranger on duty was thrilled to show Boy examples of the animal droppings common to this area of the National Park. She claims this demo is always a hit with the elementary schoolers.
We followed up our hiking day with a study of Colorado state history and a visit to a local museum showing an 1870s mountain ranch.
Our final study of the week came at the local health fair, where the firefighters had a big display on preventing wildfires, a concern in the mountains when summer arrives. Boy was particularly fond of the Smokey the Bear comic book!