With their snowshoes strapped on, Whitney Elementary fifth-graders are ready to learn. The 60 students are spending the day at Bogus Basin SnowSchool.
"It's the best field trip ever," shouted Kennady Young.
All bundled up, the kids receive hands-on science and ecology lessons as they adventure outside. The instructors are dedicated volunteers.
"Our main lessons here are about the watershed, so how in the end does the snow here get to the valley and the rivers? We build snow pits together and measure the depth and temperature of the snow to understand the dynamic properties of what snow is. We talk about our weather station so the kids can see how data is collected and take that back to their classroom, and we measure the amount of water in the snow," explained volunteer Sarah Bartholow.
Another favorite lesson is on how animals adapt to their winter environments. The students all take a big belly slide down the hill to experiment.
"They sort of have these 'Aha' moments of, 'oh, it matters how much snow is up here for me and the rest of the year,'" Bartholow said.