Cuba Students and Community Celebrate Public Lands Day with a Hike and Career Exploration

September 2016

In celebration of National Public Lands Day a group from Cuba, NM hiked the Cuba Schools Cross Country Trails and the School Overlook Trail. Along the hike Cuba Middle School educator Mary Lou Gooris pointed out local flora and discussed how to pursue a career in science. Dr. Richard Kozoll discussed the geology of the area and the importance of public lands as the group crossed onto BLM land for the Overlook Trail. Wildland Firefighters Bryan Sandoval & Jessica White discussed fire prevention & safety and provided a fun hands on demonstration of some of the gear used to fight fires. Student Laurance Gallegos and Wildland Firefighter Matthew Brown performed as Woodsy and Smokey, entertaining and taking pictures with the group. Dr. Connie Constan, Archeologist USFS, Santa Fe NF, Cuba Ranger District, discussed local heritage with the students and discussed the higher education needed for a scientific career. We would like to thank all the volunteers and coordinators who made this event possible and all the community members who came to celebrate and learn about our Public Lands!

Check out the recap video of the event below.