D51 third graders get outside classroom to learn

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Taylor Elementary School third graders experienced a different kind of classroom Thursday, one without books, but with just as many lessons.

"You get to find new things," student Emma Casseta said. "I just held this bug that I never knew existed. It was really tiny and it was really fast."

The students spent the day at Devils Canyon for the annual scavenger hunt.

"I just really like this place," Casseta said. "It's got a bunch of viewing and a lot of wonderful things to see."

The children hiked around the area and stopped at nine different stations to learn about Colorado ecosystems, ancient cultures and how to enjoy the environment while keeping it clean and beautiful.

"We want to teach them how to respect it and with different stations, we're teaching them respectful camping, we're teaching them not to harass the wildlife," said Bryanna Kuhlman, stewardship coordinator for Colorado Canyons Association. :We're definitely instilling that in them at a young age."

The Bureau of Land Management, Colorado Canyons Association and District 51 team up to put on the field trip every year for District 51 third grade students.

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