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Stories in Stone: A Day at Celebration Park

On September 27th Mrs. Sams took her 3rd and 4th grade classroom to Celebration Park. They all enjoyed this very hands on field trip.

They had the opportunity to explore the petroglyph trail. If you don’t know what petroglyphs are, here I is a brief explanation. Petroglyphs are images that are pecked or abraded on stone. Scientist do not know what any of the petroglyphs mean. Their meaning may remain a mystery forever. It is entirely possible that the petroglyph makes didn’t want anybody to know what their images meant. The age of the petroglyphs can be determined by the color, as they age they become darker. The students had a great time walking the trail and trying to figure out what they meant.

The class learned about the animals, plants and native people who inhabited the area. Celebration Park area was known for Golden Eagles, deer, snakes, small game animals and is a famous fishing hole. The rich culture of the native peoples was explored by the students with hands on displays of items that were used for hunting, fishing and other daily chores.

The day was very enjoyable and the trail across the historic Guffey Bridge as a treat. The Guffey Bridge was used to transport gold and silver ore from Silver City to Canyon County. The Guffey Bridge is Idaho’s largest historical artifact and is being persevered for future generations.