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Sixth-graders learning hands on science lessons at Cuyamaca Outdoor School

Posted at 3:55 PM, Feb 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-21 21:16:09-05

DESCANSO, Calif. (KGTV) -- Sixth-graders frolicked in the snow in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park Thursday, thrilled to learn about science.

"We're trying to take what they're learning in school and making it come alive," Principal of Cuyamaca Outdoor School Greg Schuett said. The kids come for a full school week, but the classes are unlike any these students have attended before.

"Last time my group went on a hike we saw something with erosion! So like what happened is the rain because of one day of rain it split one part of land into two parts," a sixth-grader said excitedly.

Schuett said the students go on nature hikes. Some students see wildlife like coyotes, deer and turkeys for the first time.

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"We are a science camp we are teaching kids how life functions on earth," Schuett said.

Some students have already taken the lessons to heart, making them think of future career paths in the sciences. Among the once in a lifetime opportunities: seeing snow fall for the first time, sledding, and participating in snowball fights.

About 12,000 students, mostly from San Diego, come out each school year thanks to funds from the San Diego County Office of Education, school districts and of course, parents.