When we arrived, we saw a group in one corner of the parking lot. They were the park education staff reviewing how the day had gone.
I didn't want to interrupt them so I took two quick photos and then started off on my hike down past the falls.
A jumble of erratics, rocks left behind by the glaciers, is not far down the trail. There I came across this heap of teaching materials. I recognized the station because I have videotaped students busy there in the past. There are hammers and goggles in the crate and boards behind it. This is where the students talk about the glaciers and then break open small geodes.
Now I knew the topic for the day, Rocks.
Further along the trail, I saw education staff members picking up the materials from another station.
Before they moved on to continue their pick-up detail, I snapped their picture.
They went on about their business and I continued toward the Thorny Badlands Lookout Tower. On the way, I came across another station waiting for pick up. This is where the students examine closely the composition of soil.
"How lucky these sixth grade students were today," I thought as I walked on. "They were officially "learning" and at the same time outside on a beautiful day, not in a stuffy classroom."