Sand Creek Students Chat With Zion National Park Ranger

students participate in video conference in a classroom

Stacey Sebert and Hope Bigwarfe’s students at Sand Creek Middle School had the opportunity to participate in a live webinar and “Chat with a Ranger” from Zion National Park. The Ranger discussed how Zion was formed and continues to change, the many roles different Rangers have, and the wildlife present within the park. The students enjoyed having their questions answered while also learning more about Zion’s National Park such as their most dangerous animal in the park – surprisingly squirrels have the largest number of negative human interactions compared to animals like rattlesnakes and larger mammals. Zion is the fourth most visited National Park with a rich geologic history. Students loved seeing the dinosaur footprints that were found within the park. Eighth grade students in both teachers classes have studied National Parks all year, applying Earth Science topics to the park. Talking with the Ranger helped reinforce what they are learning about in class to the real world.