Sloan Canyon NCA hosts its 1st Annual Stewardship Day!

Ranger Jim Flook discusses geology with students. BLM Photo.Ranger Jim Flook discusses geology with students. BLM Photo.On January 11, 2017, 130 fourth grade students from Pinecrest Inspirada joined fifteen BLM rangers and volunteers for the first annual Hands-on-the-Land Stewardship Day at Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area. Students rotated through five stations and completed a three mile hike during their six hour visit to the NCA.

Under the leadership of Rangers Marc Sanchez and Robert Valenzuela along with Volunteer Dave Meredith, students helped remove two-tracks created by vehicular incursions. Volunteer Sandy Dyan led students in an art project where they used small rocks to chip the surface of a clay disc and create their own petroglyphs. Ranger Kate Sorom taught students about plants and animals as they hiked along the trail. Halfway up the trail, Ranger Jim Flook shared geologic features with students. At the end of the trail Archaeologist Justin DeMaio showcased the Sloan Canyon petroglyphs for the students. Volunteers Mary Kaplan, Barb Bergstrom, and Joyce Saunders along with Red Rock Assistant Field Manager Brittany Brooks and Public Information Officer John Asselin led the five groups through each station and Volunteers George Reyling and Nita Tienhaara assisted students with rock scrambling. At the completion of the event, students received their Every Kid In A Park pass from Sloan Manager Robbie McAboy.

Over the next year, Sloan Canyon NCA will be expanding its Hands-on-the-Land program. In addition to working with our charter school partner, we will be reaching out to local elementary schools to develop additional school partnerships. In the spring 2018, Sloan Canyon will host Clark County School District educators as part of their professional development and curriculum training, which will lead to more outdoor education experiences for Henderson and Las Vegas students.

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