"Spokes and Shovels" at Southwest Open School

Sep 1, 2016
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Students at Southwest Open School just completed a class called "Spokes and Shovels" that incorporates outdoor education through mountain biking and trail maintenance, as well as civic engagement through public outreach. KSJD's Tom Yoder spoke with Ed Writner, the SWOS teacher who is leading the class, and Adam Yazzie, one of his students, about the ideas behind this unconventional class, and how students who are taking it are learning about the importance of civics.

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According to Great Outdoors Colorado, American kids only spend an average of four to seven minutes per day outside, diminishing their connection to nature and the environment. KSJD's Tom Yoder spoke with Ellen Shinkle, Coordinator for the Montezuma Inspire Coalition, about the importance of kids spending more time outdoors, and how the organization is seeking to provide youth in Montezuma County with opportunities to get outside.

The Importance Of Getting Kids Into The Outdoors

May 17, 2016
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More than ever, kids are spending more time indoors, many times on digital devices or playing video games. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Jon Leibowitz, Executive Director of the Montezuma Land Conservancy, about why this could have a negative impact on the future of our society, and how the Montezuma Land Conservancy is working to get kids outdoors to help them connect with the landscape and develop their sense of place.

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