Outdoor education program celebrates 30 years

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SEVIER COUNTY -- Thursday marks a milestone for a program that touches the lives of hundreds of Utah third-graders at the beginning of each school year.

For 30 years, rangers have been bringing kids to the Fishlake National Forest for the Gooseberry Outdoor Education Program. Students from Sevier and Piute school districts spend a day learning about their environment, using maps, preventing forest fires, even how to ride ATVs safely.

The students spend the night, of course, camping in the great outdoors. And like generations of kids before them, they'll likely hear the campfire stories of Annie Bangs, the woman who, according to legend, was raised by wolves and still lurks in the woods.

On Thursday, 30 years worth of Gooseberry Alumni joined this year's kids to celebrate the program's success and once again wait for the yearly visit from Annie Bangs.

Congratulations to the Forest Rangers and their Gooseberry Outdoor Education Program for the excellent work they've done throughout the years.

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