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Activities and Field Trips


The school garden classrooms provide accessible living laboratories where diet/nutrition, active lifestyle, water and soil conservation, and core curriculum lessons intersect. Whether it’s writing a poem about a plant’s life cycle, actively learning the science behind seed germination studying the history of drought in the Southwest, cooking with fresh vegetables, or translating seed packet instructions into Spanish or Navajo, the garden is easily woven into every subject. Classes are an integral part of the school day so that learning in the school garden coincides with important science and math core lessons. Students integrate their learning in a meaningful way because they are an active participant in their learning experiences.

Garden classes are offered seasonally throughout the year at Manaugh and utilize our amazing outdoor garden and learning space.  School to Farm also offers limited summer garden camp opportunities.

manaugh school garden

school garden classrooms

In the summer of 2017, students, volunteers, FarmCorps and AmeriCorps NCCC members undertook the task of constructing your newest school garden at Manaugh Elementary School. They built five large, wheelchair accessible raised beds, plus a grey water system and wicking bed. In addition, they laid the foundation for outdoor kitchen area, installed posts which will soon hold shade sales, stained benches, set up the sink, and buried all of the irrigation lines for the orchard. 

The amazing Manaugh teachers are already embracing the new outdoor learning space and taking their classes outside to harvest, explore, and engage with the natural world.  Additionally, MSTFP is now teaching classes out in the garden. 


Empire Electric
Kiwanis Club of Mesa Verde
Montezuma's Table
Slaven's True Value Hardware
Top Line Installers
Val Truelsen Sawmill

Special thanks to the administrative staff and teachers at Manaugh for the dedication and momentum they brought to this project, and to the Cortez High School Ag Class for building Manaugh's garden shed. 

Manaugh girls on the run

Manaugh is proud to offer a strong Girls on the Run program to encourage our students to be healthy, confident leaders.  We have lot of girls in grades 3-5 participating in this program and having fun!  We train for and run a 5k every year and it is a great time for our girls and their running buddies to celebrate their accomplishments. 

What is Girls on the run?

Girls on the Run's mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running. 

Girls on the Run of Western Colorado started in 2000 with 12 coaches and 40 girls in Grand Junction. Over the last 18 years our council has grown throughout Western Colorado and we now have more than 120 program sites in 20 counties in Western Colorado , Eastern Utah and Northern New Mexico. Our 700+ volunteer coaches and other volunteers are the heart of our success. Thanks to generous donors, in 2017-2018, more than 2,500 girls participated in our programs throughout western Colorado.

To learn more about Girls on the Run -

To learn more about Manaugh's Girls on the Run or to sign up please contact Sarah Merlino.


The Manaugh Parent Leadership Team (PLT) provides valuable input into our schools improvement efforts, activities, and school culture.  PLT also provides financial support when and where possible. These monies support our school in multiple settings.

We value your input and participation.  Please consider joining Manaugh PLT.  To learn more, please contact Principal Whitney Rapp.

Whitney Rapp


Knowledge Bowl is a fun and friendly competition that gives our scholars the opportunity to show what they have learned.  Similar to the popular trivia shows, teams have the chance to answer questions related to various topics from history to science.   Our Manaugh scholars compete against other schools in our district.  

Manaugh holds assemblies every month to recognize the scholar from each class that best demonstrated the PRIDE value of the month.  These scholars are recognized and celebrated by their teachers, peers, and families.  We also recognize the class that best demonstrates the PRIDE value of the month. 

Parents and families are encouraged to attend the monthly PRIDE assemblies and help us recognize and celebrate our scholars.


300 E Fourth Street
Cortez, CO 81321
(970) 565-7691