Granby Elementary Hosts First Family Nature Night


Near the bear and cub crossing, Granby Elementary hosted its first Family Nature Night with SOLE. Students, siblings, and parents excitedly entered the school’s front doors. Families filled out a card, and each kid got a blue ticket for a chance to win splendid prizes in the night's raffle.

Once stickers and flyers were collected, students proceeded to the wildlife trivia wheel. They spun for a category, then a familiar fourth grade teacher challenged their brains with a trivia question. Whether or not the answer was correct, each try earned a fun, little reward (like a bouncy hedgehog or a bendy bat).

Next down the hall was the U.S. Forest Service’s booth, where two representatives displayed fascinating taxidermied animals (like the common raven and long-tailed weasel). A tough worksheet asked students to match each animal specimen to facts about it! Correct answers won Smokey Bear bookmarks and colorful Frisbees.

The YMCA of the Rockies—Snow Mountain Ranch had three representatives to share recreation possibilities. Their Web of Life showed how many different animals, plants, and nonliving things interact with each other in nature. The table also featured tracks, antlers, and beaver artifacts. The YMCA gave out reflective key-chain flashlights and neat stickers as freebies!

Immediately across the hall in the lunchroom, Altitude Pizza was constantly available. Cheese, pepperoni, lemonade, and water were a winning combination to keep families grinning. Some students, full of sugar, played an imaginary game with the colored squares on the lunchroom floor.

At 6:30 PM everyone, excitedly buzzing like a hive of bees, gathered in the cafeteria for a chance to win awesome raffle prizes. One by one kids celebrated their matching blue ticket numbers to the numbers announced. Claimed prizes included fishing poles and tackle, a kid-sized camp chair, a tent, and a binocular/bird book combo. The raffle finished with one ecstatic family winning an Annual Parks Pass!

Students scattered to return to their activities, and near the space and ocean mosaics, they gathered at the booth for Generation Wild. On the list of 100 things to do before you’re 12, families discussed tasks they could mark off as complete!

Next families spotted and identified birds! First, participants mastered binoculars by adjusting the focus to their eyes. On distant walls perched photos of colorful Colorado-native birds. Once the shape and color were recognized, novice birders worked with field guides to correctly identify the species, such as the Stellar’s jay and black-capped chickadee.