This land is your land
Valley Floor Education Day teaches stewardship, history of conservation area
On Friday, from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., the Valley Floor will play host to not only elk, prairie dogs, hawks, bluebirds, trout, and countless grasses and trees, but to 169 children attending Telluride public schools in grades K-2 who will explore the 560-acre expanse in a day of hands-on learning about the natural world that surrounds them. The fourth annual Valley Floor Education Day, a collaboration of the Pinhead Institute, Sheep Mountain Alliance, Telluride Institute and newest partner in the Telluride Historical Museum, shows Telluride’s youngest citizens the value of stewardship of and appreciation for the natural world in a series of four stations located throughout the Valley Floor.
According to Sheep Mountain Alliance Executive Director Lexi Tuddenham, the first education day was hatched in 2018 by then-intern Joe Cullen. The inaugural event, Tuddenham said, was eye opening.
“The first year we were inspired by how many of the students were visiting the Valley Floor for the first time, though it is just a scant half mile or so from their school,” she said. “We knew we had to do it again.”
Read the complete article in Telluride Daily Planet.