Additional Learning Opportunities at the Ute Ethnobotany Learning Garden, Mesa County Fairgrounds, Grand Junction Colorado
- Learn about:
- plant adaptations
- the desert cactus and succulent life zone, ponderosa pine/aspen life zone and north-south exposures will be used to highlight plant characteristics that allow plant survival in different environments. Details on these life zones and the plants that live there will be covered
- The Three Sisters American Indian garden and how these plants benefit each other when grown together. Students will use the mano and metate to grind corn and learn about the use of natural baking powder to enhance the nutritious value of corn
- Cooking hearths and the roasting of corn and squash the American Indian wa.
- Wickiups and teepees
- Dogs and horses and their use by Ute Indians
- The meaning of the teepee and teepee etiquette
- Ute Indian history to include discussions on the family unit, the nomadic life style, the reason for food caches, their annual migration pattern and winter survival
Each of the above learning opportunities require 20 minutes to cover the basics. Large groups will be broken down into groups of no more than 15 or 20 students. Assigning the same amount of time to each experience helps facilitate the movement of groups from one learning opportunity to another.
The time devoted to individual learning opportunities is flexible. Teachers wanting to devote more time to a specific topic need to inform us when scheduling the visit.
To schedule a group visit contact Susan Rose 970-244-1840.
Return to the Ute Ethnobotany Learning Garden Web Site.