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Ryker Dattage Outdoor Education Fund

"There was a child went forth every day, and first object he look'd upon, that object he became." - Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

LadybugRyker Dattage was an Edith Bowen alumni who was involved in a fatal auto accident the summer after he graduated from high school in 2014.  One of Ryker’s lifetime highlights was participating in the annual four-day Teton Science School experience in Grand Teton National Park--a crowning event for our fifth grade students.  The Edith Bowen PTA and Ryker’s parents developed the Ryker Dattage Outdoor Education Fund to honor Ryker's memory by making outdoor experiential learning opportunities, such as Teton Science School, possible for future students, regardless of their family’s financial standing. Place-based learning is an important part of Edith Bowen Laboratory School.  We are actively seeking financial contributions to continue to make powerful outdoor learning experiences possible for our students.  

The Herzstein Foundation generously provided a $17,500 donation for the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 school years, supercharging the Ryker Dattage Outdoor Education Fund. We are always in need of donations to enable us to provide quality experiences for our students. To make a contribution please contact our Business Manager, EricGierloff.  He can be reached via email or phone (435) 797-3081.

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In addition to Teton Science School, the Ryker Dattage Outdoor Education Fund supports a variety of outdoor experiential learning opportunities for our students such as the Providence Canyon field experience, the Antelope Island field experience, and our service learning partnership with Hardware Ranch Elk Refuge.  

Outdoor Experiential Learning Albums 2016-2017 School Year



    Antelope Island
    Natural Resources Days
    Kindergarten Providence Canyon
    Logan River

Students in action at Hardware Ranch:


EBLS Place-Based Learning specialist Eric Newell discusses the value of outdoor experiential learning:

Outdoor Experiential Learning Albums 2015-2016 School Year