Start of a New School Year

Another school year begins and here at Pathfinder Ranch!  We have just finished with our fall training. It was an exciting training with many new naturalists joining us this season.  There were adventures with hiking and climbing, learning to shoot bows and arrows, and how to swamp a canoe. Doing mad science experiments and building catapults to defend Pathfinder from a rogue dragon were big highlights. Through all of these activities we got to know each other and build our community.  Having the opportunity to attend the Hamilton Museum, in Anza, helped us learn more about our Anza Valley and Garner Valley community history. We also had the opportunity to go down to the Living Desert and had a fascinating introduction to Next Generation Science Standards and how to incorporate them into the experiences we provide participants here.

As fun as training was, we are ready to get going with our fall season and thrilled to have hosted The Bishop’s School from San Diego last week. And this week we are in full swing with another school from San Diego, Warren Walker, and couldn’t be more excited!

Group picture at the top of our ethnobotany trail

Group picture at the top of our ethnobotany trail

The Naturalists and catapult that helped save Pathfinder from the dragon.

The Naturalists and catapult that helped save Pathfinder from the dragon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fungi helping belay Juniper up our climbing tower.

Fungi helping belay Juniper up our climbing tower.

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