Students weave, attend pit fire and walk ancient trail
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Ten-year-old Katelyn Swena wove yarn around a cup during Copper Creek Elementary School's 20th annual pit fire event Friday, Nov. 21. Students from the school's fourth-grade classes spent the day hiking and making arts and crafts at Catalina State Park.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Copper Creek Elementary School fourth-grader Dalton Reidhead sprinkles colored sand on a sand painting at Catalina State Park.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Parent volunteer Bill Fritz take students' pottery out of a pile of smoldering horse manure and sawdust. The pottery was fired and colored using traditional Hohokam techniques.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Shelby Baril, right, and Brooke Morgan walk around the edge of ruins of a prehistoric Hohokam village site along the Romero Ruin Interpretive Trail at Catalina State Park. Copper Creek Elementary School students spent Friday, Nov. 21, at the park learning about Hohokam history.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Smoke billows off a pile of freshly fired pottery at Catalina State Park. Copper Creek students finished their pottery using traditional Hohokam techniques, which involve smoking it for several hours with smoldering horse manure.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Piping hot pottery lies on the ground after being taken out of a fire pit at Catalina State Park. While students worked on arts and crafts and hiked throughout the day, their pottery cooked.