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By Jean Pocha

Backcountry classroom brings outdoor lessons to life


September 22, 2022

Dena Hooker

The Ovando School's third through eighth grade students and teachers enjoying being immersed in the outdoor education experience.

OVANDO - Riding to school got a new meaning for Ovando School's third through eighth grade students Aug. 29 - Sept. 1. Thanks to the Rich Ranch, students and teachers rode nine miles into Leota Park for a backcountry Outdoor Ed trip. Bill and Dena Hooker accompanied the group and stayed with them in camp to provide meals and backcountry lessons.

The Ovando School alternates their annual Montana history trip between a museum-based trip and an outdoor education-based trip. This year was the outdoor ed trip. The pack trip opportunity was a perfect fit, said Andrea Tougas, Ovando Head Teacher....

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