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BookTrails highlights the importance of science and literacy in a well-rounded education. As environmental preservation becomes increasingly critical, we recognize that exposing youth to outdoor experiences will be of the utmost importance. BookTrails will provide an alternative choice for local kids who have an interest in the outdoors and literacy, fostering a love of both. We teach Steamboat youth about their local environment and the impact, both positive and negative, that we have on the land. Students will be introduced to new natural places in Steamboat and Routt County, including family ranches and historical sites.
BookTrails believes that the preservation of the ranching culture is essential to maintain the rich heritage of Steamboat Springs. Ranching is not only important because of its historical significance, but also because of the nature of the work—rancher owners are connected to the land to produce food and therefore, their way of life. With centuries of practice under their belt buckles, ranchers are the ultimate environmentalists because they understand the ways of the land and appreciate its fragile existence. We lament that many children have lost connection with their local history and environment. By conducting our programs on local ranches, students learn about ranching history and the importance of its survival to our community.