On September 24, all three 2nd grade classes at Woodland Park Elementary piled into one long yellow bus. Along with teachers and a few parents, the students braved the long drive to Casper, Wyoming to spend a day of hands-on learning at the Tate Geological Museum.
Located on the Casper College campus, Tate boasts a collection of over 3,000 fossil and mineral specimens. The breadth of its collection and expertise of its staff make the museum a great resource to supplement learning that goes on in the classroom, providing students with opportunities to see first hand things often only read about in textbooks.
Most notably, the students were introduced to the bones of "Dee" the Woolly Mammoth, who took 5 years to dig up. Russell Hawley, the Education Specialist at Tate, was on hand to educate the students and answer questions.
After lunch on the lawn, students were able to see a life-sized rendition of a T-Rex.
For teachers and parents, another highlight of the trip was our students' exemplary behavior as ambassadors of Sheridan. Teachers received comments throughout the trip from museum staff, the bus driver, and others, who told them how well-behaved students were on this trip!
When asked what stood out most, students reinforced the difference in seeing the exhibits versus just reading about them: “My favorite part was seeing the Woolly Mammoth; it was SO BIG!” said one student.
On behalf of the Woodland Park community, many thanks to our parents and teachers who drove the distance with our students to enhance their understanding of paleontology and the age of the dinosaurs! It was a trip these students won’t soon forget.
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