ORO VALLEY, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The 4th and 5th grade students which make up Niki Tilicki’s class at the Innovation Academy in Oro Valley, were supposed to go on a field trip to the Saguaro National Park to learn about the Sonoran Desert.
However, because the parks are closed due to the federal government’s partial shutdown, the field trip was canceled.
As a consolation, the park rangers said they would come to the classroom to give a lecture about the park and answer the children’s questions.
But a half hour after they were scheduled to arrive, an email popped up on Tilicki’s computer saying “higher ups” informed the rangers they would not be able to come during the shutdown.
They offered apologies.
The students have been learning about the desert, drawing pictures and making projects, but will not be able to see if their imagination pairs up with reality.
Once it became apparent that the rangers were not coming, Tilicki asked the students to write letters which will be sent to the park service.
“I’m so sorry our park are closed,” Karen wrote. “And I’m so sad.”
Chad, a fourth grader wrote, “I just wanted to tell you how sorry I am for the government shutdown,” he said, “I feel so bad.”
“I think they’re not happy but I think they’ve found another thing to do with their power,” Tilicki said. “I think they’re okay.”