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Wild Ones

Welcome to Wild Ones!

Wild Ones is an education project designed to connect elementary students with environmental science and promote critical thinking from wild perspectives – starting with the 2, 663-mile Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).

During a through-hike of the PCT, Brooke Osborne and Gavin Morris will teach environmental science and share their trail experiences with 4th grade students. Heidi Sontag, a USGS-appointed intern, will work from Fort Collins to relay correspondence with the hikers along the trail, compile supporting educational materials and edit video to create blog entries each week.

The goal of this program is to encourage enthusiasm for and curiosity about the great diversity of landscapes and wildlife spanning the western US, as well as outdoor recreation and stewardship. Students will learn to “think like a scientist” by discussing questions that the hikers and other experts pose, and have their own questions about environmental science and trail life answered.

To achieve this our team is collaborating with local 4th grade educator Katie Guillbert and professional videographer Nathaniel Robinson to create an interactive multi-media blog that classrooms across the country can access. The entries you will find here are intended for that purpose.

Although the content of these posts is designed to supplement 4th grade science education please take a look. We welcome feedback and suggestions for improving this model of interactive education. Happy Trails!

Follow all their full journey on their official blog site:

Wild Ones Posts

Amazing Adaptations - On the Pacific Crest Trail

The final 200 miles of the desert hiking are finally over! They included a 25 mile stretch of the Mojave Desert through several large windfarms that was some of the hottest and most difficult we’ve experienced. In order to avoid the heat we woke up at 1 in the morning and started hiking across the desert floor in the dark. Along the trail we saw lots of little eyes glowing in the light of our headlamps and realized that there were bouncing kangaroo rats. You can learn more about out fellow night hikers and the interesting pupfish below! Next week we’ll be reporting from the mountains of the High Sierra!

I would do anything for food... but I won’t eat that.

The days are getting longer and hotter here in the desert of southern California . But we are now almost finished with this part of the trail! This week we made it to the 500 mile mark!
Recently we’ve noticed lots more desert horned lizards. They are so well camouflaged that you can’t see them until they move out of the way! One hiker picked one of them up and learned all about the lizard’s interesting way of defending itself. Learn more below! Hiking in the evenings is a good way to avoid the heat. It’s also a good time to spot coyotes. We have been lucky enough to see two of them this week! One more week in the desert to go. Wish us luck!

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