It’s been a bitterly cold weekend/week in New Mexico, but we didn’t let this put a damper on last Monday’s science exploration. We donned snowshoes and explored the Santa Fe National Forest around Truchas with half of the 7th graders from McCurdy Charter School.
For most of these kids it was the first time they’ve worn (or ever seen) snowshoes!
A big part of the trip was simply learning how to move around in snowshoes. It’s a very different form of winter transportation.
Once everybody got the hang of walking in snowshoes (or at least after everybody had their fill of falling down in the cold snow), we moved on to the science topics of the day.
We talked about trees.
We talked about tracks.
We talked about snow.
Of course, we also spent quite a bit of time simply enjoying the peace and solitude of the forest in winter.
Despite temperatures in the teens, our students had a great time exploring the forest. After all of this hiking around, we enjoyed hot chocolate and apple cider before boarding the bus to return to school.
We’re very grateful to our partners at PEEC for loaning us the snowshoes and making this trip possible!