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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Basalt High School would like to thank all of the people and businesses that volunteered and contributed to our first Experiential Education Day (Ex-Ed). On Friday, Oct. 1, BHS staff took students out of the classroom for hands-on learning experiences. There were more than 20 activities for students to choose.

To name a few: Spelunking the Glenwood Springs Caves; learning golf with PGA pros in Snowmass; flying in a small plane to see the environmental issues such as gas drilling or pine beetle kill from the air; cooking with professional chefs; traveling to the Denver Art Museum to see King Tut’s exhibit, the Denver Botanic Gardens and cruise around the Zoo; hiking, biking, swimming, fly fishing and rock climbing in this beautiful country; students volunteering at the Rifle Animal Shelter and at Crystal River and Basalt Elementary Schools; learning to do calligraphy; taking an introductory course on how to play the guitar; doing Yoga; and initiating cultural exchange with Ute Indians in the Roaring Fork Valley are some of the great activities that were available to our students.

We believe that education also takes place outside the four walls of the classroom, that by providing different opportunities, students can cultivate new talents or meet new friends, and students and staff can get to know each other better. For the aforementioned reasons and more, BHS staff is committed to make this Ex-Ed a new tradition for Basalt High School. Our big thanks go to the following individuals and businesses:



Pan and Fork Catering – Chef Philip Kendzior; Pastry Chef Christine Bergstrom; Youthentity – Kirsten Petre-McDaniel; Chef Karen Draper; In at Aspen – Bob Johnson; Kathy Johnson; Branden and Kristine at True Nature Healing Arts in Carbondale; Lisa and the crew at Eco-Goddess in Carbondale; Bell and the Bikram’s Yoga Studio in Basalt; Rifle Animal Shelter; Donna Brennan Linnecke – Calligraphic Arts Instructor; CIRC – Edgar Niebla, Carlos Valdez, Junior Ortega, Hector Moises Niebla, Alba Niebla, Brendan Greene; Colorado Mountain College – Mariana Velasquez-Schmahl; Robin Vega; Tony Kern; Snowmass Club Golf Course – PGA pros Ken Everett and John Wiltgen; Glenwood Adventure Park for their generous discounted price and ice cream; Denver Zoo for their generous discounted passes; Cabelas in Grand Junction for the great gifts and fly fishing gear; Taylor Creek Fly Shop; Alpine Anglers; Walley Dallenbach; Roaring Fork Anglers; Charlotte Graham for providing expertise on local native history; Marie Gasau for providing native foods; Skyler Lomahaftewa for providing knowledge of Ute ways and customs; Yampah Vapor Caves for their generous discounted admissions; Basalt Recreational Department for providing transportation to our students; Diane Kessler of the Aspen Ute Foundation; Ritat Marsh for her support and guidance of Native cultures; Larry Estrada and Linda Sturges for accommodating transportation for our students; Crystal River Elementary School; Basalt Elementary School; Aspen Airport; Michael Hutton for biking with us and making sure we were all safe on the road; Glenwood Springs Hot Springs Pool; White River Forest Alliance (WRFA); Bruce, Jane and the crew at Ecoflight, Wilderness Workshops; and Dee Malone for your support at providing a balanced look at the Hidden Gems proposal.

We apologize if we omitted some of you great volunteers and contributors. You know who you are and you are greatly appreciated!



Sincerely,

Basalt High School Staff


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