So if you have grade school children, I’m sure if you haven’t participated in a project, you’ve at least heard of “Flat Stan”. If you haven’t heard of Flat Stan, basically you send a flat cut-out person to someone you know that lives in a different state, city or even country than you. That person takes Flat Stan on a tour of their town, city, state or country. You get to learn all about that location when they send Stan back along with the pictures or a letter about where he’s been.
Last week my friend Jennifer who moved to North Carolina sent us her son Mile’s Flat Stan, from his second grade class. Its our job to send back information about Stan’s travels and a little information about the City he visited.
For home schoolers, this might be a fun way to reach out to other home school groups across the nation. Just an idea for ya! 😉
Here’s our adventures with Flat Stan:
Of course we told Flat Stan all about some common misconceptions about Arizona. Most people think all of Arizona is a big desert, but it’s not. In Flagstaff AZ, 2 hours North of Phoenix Az we see about 108 inches of snowfall a year at an elevation of 7,000 feet, sometimes as late in the year as May! That boggles the minds of a lot of people who want to know more about where we live.
Another thing we shared with Stan was that the discovery of pluto happened here! The famous Percival Lowell discovered Pluto, which was downgraded to a dwarf planet since its discovery. In Flagstaff, we showed Stan the Lowell Observatory and filled him in on a little bit of Flagstaff’s dark skies conservation efforts. Which basically means, we despise light pollution that big cities give off.
What does that mean? Well, how many stars can you see in New York City or Vegas? Not many at all! Here in Flagstaff, our night sky on a clear cloudless night looks like this:
You can actually see the cloudiness of the Milkyway! A few weeks ago we were out in Doney Park enjoying a camp fire and if you look up at the night sky, it’s breathtaking!
So some people have incredible ocean views, but Flagstaff has incredible night skies and we keep our city dark on purpose. We make sure our street and city lights meet a certain code to make sure the view of our beloved night sky doesn’t go away. Isn’t it incredible?
Below is a picture of Flat Stan standing on a 535-pound meteorite that landed in Diablo Canyon.
The other place we took Flat Stan, was Bearizona. Bearizona is a Wildlife Preserve located in Williams, about a half hour outside Flagstaff AZ. Now it was raining on an off during our visit to Bearizona, so Stan stayed safe most of the time in my back pack. Each time I thought to bring Stan out for a picture it started to sprinkle. Anyway, Bearizona is a place that takes in Wildlife and lets it live in acres upon acres of its natural environment. You’ll be able to “drive three miles through untamed Arizona wilderness witnessing North American Wildlife in natural environments and view animals ranging from rugged mountain goats and stealthy wolves to majestic bison and comical black bears all from the comfort of your own private vehicle, or a tour bus.” There’s even some walk-through exhibits where you’ll get to see baby bears up close and personal along with otters, Javelina and other wildlife native to North America. Bearizona is also expanding this year to accommodate a larger gift shop and a restaurant. It’s a wonderful place for kids!
(Bus tour) Wolf waking up in his cave!
This bear is shedding it’s under coat.
A giant bison. These guys can weigh up to 2 thousand pounds!
We love Bearizona and can’t wait to go back!
We’ll soon be sending Stan back to North Carolina where he’ll tell his class about what he learned here in Flagstaff Arizona!
Has your child participated in a Flat Stan project before?
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