A Colorado River Adventure: Our Field Trip

Fifty students from Bethune School went on the adventure of a lifetime, traveling to the Colorado River!

Bethune students on colorado river

These students had the opportunity to float on a raft down a calm portion of the Colorado River. Additionally, they studied geology and traveled the paths that begin the Grand Canyon. They also had an opportunity to visit the Wupatki and Sunset Crater National Monuments.

For four years, Bethune 6th grade math and science teacher Mrs. Stanchik has worked with Arizona Project WET (APV) in conjunction with the University of Arizona to instruct students on water stewardship through STEM literacy. Over the years, Bethune’s students have visited Rio Salado River on several occasions, conducted hands-on investigations, and presented in regional competitions based on water conservation.


All of these activities focused on how Arizona receives its water from the Colorado River and its importance to the biodiversity of the area. In order to build upon that the science foundation, Bethune teachers planned a trip so the students could actually see what they have studied and learned about.

These students had the opportunity to step outside of the walls of the 85007 zip code and see what the rest of this state has to offer. This experience will greatly add to their cultural knowledge as Arizonians. Thanks to everyone who helped make this once-in-a-lifetime trip a reality for our students!