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Four Corners Canyon Country Discovery Center

“Say that I starved, that I was lost and weary, that I was burned and blinded by the desert sun, footsore, thirsty, sick with strange diseases, lonely and wet and cold, but that I kept my dream!”  Everett Ruess, Artists, Writer, & Poet. 1914-1934

Our sixth graders will kick off the year by spending five days in southern Utah with the Four Corners School of Outdoor Education. This is a culminating experience students work towards from the time they enter kindergarten and builds upon their fifth grade experiences at Teton Science School.  Students will spend their first night at the newly built Canyon Country Discovery Center (map) in Monticello, Utah learning about the Colorado Plateau and gazing through their massive telescope.  They will then spend two nights three days camping and rafting the gentle currents of the San Juan River from Sand Island Campground (near Bluff) to Mexican Hat, Utah (map).  Along the way, students will explore Ancestral Puebloan ruins and pictographs--immersed in the ancient civilizations aspect of the social studies curriculum and astronomical and ecosystem components of the science curriculum. There will also be math connections and a strong writing component.  

Professional river guides will supervise our sixth graders along with four EBLS faculty members, bringing the student to adult ratio to about 3:1 while we are on the river.  All students will be required to wear Type V life jackets (which are provided) at all times on the water.  Students will be assigned to boys and girls tents with five to six students in each tent and chaperones in separate tents nearlby.  We chose September for this field experience for the lower, stable river flows, and cooler temperatures.

Important Information 

2017 Dates & Photo Updates
     September 18-22, Mr. Baggaley's class PHOTOS
     September 25-29, Mrs. Jenkin's Class

Depart Monday at 8:30 AM (arrive by 8:15 please).
Return to EBLS by 3:30 PM on Friday.

Curriculum Connections

  • Ancestral Puebloans who lived along the San Juan River
    were closely linked to the elaborate Chaco Canyon
    culture.  (Full video-55 min)

Weather outlook is for highs in the mid 70's and lows in the 
low 40% with a chance of rain.

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Pictograph Pictographs along the San Juan River.  Photo: Eric Newell
San Juan River Camp.  San Juan River.  Photo: Eric Newell
 San Juan River, Utah  Photo: Eric Newell
 River House Ruin
 River House Ruin.  San Juan River.  Photo: Eric Newell