On Friday, September 30th, 2011 the Central Wyoming College (CWC) Sinks Canyon Center hosted the second annual Outdoor Education Expo, a day-long event for 4th graders in the Lander Valley schools.
Groups of eleven students visited ten separate learning stations during the expo. The stations were spread across pastures, orchards, rock-outcroppings, and meandering waters at the 127-acre facility. Students were led by college students studying within CWC’s outdoor education and leadership degree program. Some of the learning stations included, Tread Lightly and How to Wade a River, Bird Identification, Weather and Water, Geology, Trip Planning, and Wildlife Scat and Identification. After visiting each learning station the students had their "outdoor education passport" stamped by the station leader. The 30-page passport allowed students to take home memorable learning points and helpful information from their day outdoors.
This year Brett McDonald and Reid Wolcott of NWS Riverton manned the first portion of the "Weather and Water" station. They discussed the differences between weather and climate, where to find weather forecasts, how meteorologists measure the weather, and cloud identification.Their finale was showing how clouds are formed by producing a cloud in a bottle. These topics addressed many of the eduation standards for 4th graders in Wyoming.
Agencies and organizations that participated in this event included: CWC Sinks Canyon Center, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Wyoming Game & Fish Department, NWS Riverton, Audubon Society, Wyoming State Forestry, University of Wyoming Extension, Popo Agie Conservation District, Central Wyoming College, and the National Outdoor Leadership School.