As yet another season comes to an end here at Pathfinder Ranch we take a moment to reflect back on this fall’s accomplishments. By the end of this week we will have seen almost 2,400 students. We started the season with sunshine and some thunderstorms, and will be ending with rain and cold. Through it all staff and students alike have kept positive and enthusiastic attitudes.
We were lucky enough to make it through this busy fall with minimal illness for Ranch residents including our horses, farm and nature center animals. Unfortunately, some of our free range chickens were taken away by local coyotes, but we’re hopeful for new Silkie chicks in the next few weeks! Hopefully our January and February schools will get a chance to see newly hatched chicks!
One of our most exciting additions to the Ranch is the High Tunnel. It is currently home to many seeds and starter plants that will weather the winter inside, and give us a head start on next spring’s garden plans. It has also proven an excellent shelter from the much needed rain showers over the past few weeks.
Overall this season has been full of improvements, growth and excitement. Here’s looking forward to an equally amazing spring!
Time is flying by here at the Ranch; we can’t believe it is coming up on the end of our fall season! We are having such a great season, and since Thanksgiving is a few days away, we figure, why not look back at all we have to be thankful for!?
First, we are thankful for the rain that the Ranch got this past week! You know we will take any rain or snow we can get, but the fact that it came over night and didn’t force any of our classes inside was even better! Plus, who doesn’t like waking up to the fresh smell of rain and ribbonwood?
We are also thankful for the cool fall temperatures and the beautiful leaf colors all over the Ranch! One of the most beautiful views to see the changing leaves is on the horse trail. What an amazing sight!
We have had a few new additions to Betsy’s Farm! We now have three Silkie chickens and two Silkie roosters. They are loving their new life at the Ranch and are a great addition to our farm. The students love watching them and getting the chance to pet them while out at the farm!
Pathfinder is also thankful for our friends and supporters! In case you missed it, we had an amazing time at the Food Truck FriendRaiser on November 16th at The Living Desert! We saw so many old friends and made a lot of new ones, too, all while listening to great music, eating delicious food and enjoying The Living Desert exhibits!
Last, but certainly not least, we are thankful for all of the students, teachers, and chaperones that have been up here at the Ranch this season and all those who are still to come. We love sharing this gorgeous place with you and teaching more about the world we live in!
And what post about the Thanksgiving season would be complete without a recipe for you to share at your table this holiday season!? Hope you love pumpkin as much as our Naturalists!
Yield: 3 loaves (16 slices each).
Things are great here at the Ranch, and Outdoor Education is in full swing! It’s a bit chilly at night, but it’s absolutely perfect during the day, perfect for all of your favorite classes and activities!
Our students come to us for many reasons, looking for different things, hoping to learn what they may. We are super excited to share with you what our local environment has to offer and how you can learn more about the natural and cultural world that surrounds us.
For those waiting to come up, what are you looking forward to do on your trip?
For those who have already visited, how have you changed your lives since your trip? What do you remember the most?
Archaeology is a favorite for many students, and allows them to explore Garner Valley’s rich cultural history.
Dash 4 Trash is in effect! Thanks to everyone who has helped clean up Pathfinder and the surrounding areas! Who’s going to be the next study group to raise the Dash 4 Trash Champions Flag?!
Geology has been pretty popular this fall with students searching intently for minerals and rocks. Even if you didn’t take Geology, do you remember seeing any cool rocks while at Pathfinder? Have you seen any of those minerals or rocks back in your home communities?
Did you take Team Challenge? What was your favorite activity? What was the most difficult? Here are some students on the team challenge skis. That looks pretty hard.
“Great things are done when men and mountains meet” – William Blake
How does this quote apply to your experiences at Pathfinder, and your lives back at home? What are some great things that happen when people explore the mountains?
Lastly, whether you’re exploring your own backyard, a local park, or the San Jacinto Mountains, don’t forget to stop and smell the roses!