Hands on the Land at the NHTIC

Hands on the Land (HOL) is a network of field classrooms designed to enhance student learning from kindergarten through high school. HOL is sponsored by Partners in Resource Education, a collaboration of five federal agencies (including BLM), a nonprofit foundation, schools and other private sector partners. BLM's National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) in Casper is the first Wyoming location to host an HOL program.

NHTIC Visitor Information Specialists and Oregon Trail Elementary teachers Debbie LaChance, Sandy Hartsky, Paula Sorenson and Janet Wragge are collaborating on the development of 4th and 5th grade curricula and activities, including a Discovery Trunk, which will integrate social studies and science.

Both in-class and field activities will be components of the project. Outdoor activities will be conducted primarily at the BLM's Bessemer Bend Interpretive Site. This past spring, students from Oregon Trail Elementary school helped BLM pick up trash and re-vegetate this popular public area.

For more information, visit BLM's Learning Landscapes.