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Fifth-graders Learn about the Environment while Snowshoeing at 9,000 feet

TitleFifth-graders Learn about the Environment while Snowshoeing at 9, 000 feet
Author/CreatorCobourn, John; Purdy, Shelly; Segale, Heather M.
Related item(s)Press Release available at
Date Original2005-02-01
Summary/DescriptionLake Tahoe Segment #105 - "Winter Trek" (Air Date: February 22, 2005). Gay Eitel from the US Forest Service discusses the "Winter Trek" program, which is a joint effort by that agency and Heavenly Ski Resort to introduce 5th graders to outdoor wintertime sports.
SubjectOutdoor education -- Tahoe, Lake, Region (Calif. and Nev.)
LocationLake Tahoe (Calif. and Nev.)
Tahoe, Lake (Calif. and Nev.)
CollectionThe Lake Tahoe Report
Original PublisherLake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition (
Electronic PublisherUniversity of Nevada, Reno - Department of Teaching and Learning Technologies
Ordering and Permissions InformationFor more information, contact the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, or 775-832-4138.
Date Digital2006-02-15
RelationRequires Windows Media Player
Resource TypeMoving Image
Contributing InstitutionUniversity of Nevada, Reno
TranscriptionSegment A105: Winter Trek Air Date: February 22, 2005 Tease @ 29:41 "The Winter Trek program is for 5th graders and runs from January through March. I'm shelly Purdy, in tonight's Lake Tahoe Report I'll take you snowshoeing at Heavenly." Anchor Intro: Many children who live in the Reno and Carson City areas and even kids who live in the Tahoe area don't often get the chance to participate in an outdoor wintertime sport like snowshoeing. But thanks to the generosity of Heavenly Ski Resort and the U.S. Forest Service…hundreds of fifth graders are now getting that chance. Shelly Purdy has details in tonight's Lake Tahoe Report. ((TAKE PKG)) ((nats kids getting off gondola)) ((Track 1)) Heavenly Ski Resort provides tickets to ride the gondola free of charge for all the kids who participate in the Winter Trek program. Their first stop is the observation deck where they get a bit of a science lesson about Lake Tahoe. ((natsot@ 8:28 Gay Eitel, USFS Information Assistant)) "Here we're standing looking at all three phases of matter at the same time. Water is the liquid form. Solid ice or snow and the clouds that's the gaseous form." ((Track 2)) Gay Eitel has been involved with the Winter Trek program for 18 years. This is the first year they've been able to take the kids up on Heavenly's new gondola. Bringing them high up here allows Gay to talk to the kids about everything from Lake Tahoe's history to science to just who owns much of the Forest Service land they are looking at. ((natsot @ 9:53)) "Who owns most of that that you see out there? You guys do! It belongs to the people." ((track 3)) One of the goals of this program is to instill a sense of ownership and respect for Lake Tahoe. And after the kids get a chance to take in the view…they pile back into the gondola and head to the top. This is where the fun part of Winter Trek begins. ((natsot @ 13:51)) ""There is really only one way to put your snowshoes on if they're gonna stay on." ((Track 4)) Learning how to decipher detailed instructions is a part of the fifth grade curriculum, so the kids are told step-by-step how to put on their snowshoes. They are encouraged to do it themselves, and once the snowshoes are on, everyone takes a quick test run before setting-off into the forest. Along their trek, they look for animal tracks, talk about the homes animals make and how they survive in the wintertime. ((s/u @ 29:08 Shelly Purdy)) "It's a very short one and a half to two hour trip, but this experience really opens the eyes of a lot of kids." ((sot @ 28:04)) "It's great to be able to see the light come on in kids eyes when they learn something out here. You don't get to see that as much, but you'll find one every time that is just thrilled to find a squirrel track of one that is so excited that they can do this." ((track 5)) Gay believes her job is to light a spark in these kids and let their teachers build the fires. With the Lake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition, I'm Shelly Purdy for KOLO News Channel 8. Anchor Tag: Each student is asked to pay two-dollars to participate in the Winter Trek program. The money covers the cost of repairing broken snowshoes and provides a cup of hot chocolate at the end of the day.

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