Rock Bottom Ranch staff make regular visits to Basalt and Crystal River Elementary Schools, to teach our famous programs. Currently, I contribute by designing fourth grade lessons. Our education programs are designed to meet life and earth science curriculum standards, with a special focus on ecology and the environment. Additionally, it has been a goal of mine to integrate our classroom programs more closely to the ranch and sustainable agriculture. I have also wanted to bring more art and cartooning into our card, as those are areas in which I have special training, and effective teaching tools.
My latest effort is the “goat families” lesson, which meets a fourth grade curriculum standard about genetics. I will share the worksheet, which is the “assessment” for this lesson:
Apollo, the star of this lesson, will be for sale at the upcoming Harvest Party (on October 22nd.) He is an alpine goat, a wether, and was born in early May, 2011. He is friendly and amicable, and would make a superb pack goat or pet.