When most people hear of the class Soil Science, going on a full-paid expense trip to Las Vegas doesn’t come to mind. On Friday February 19, eleven students, accompanied by professor Louis Gordillo and two assistants, packed their bags and headed south for three days.
Students stayed at Lytle Ranch, which is just outside of St. George. At Lytle Ranch, students got to learn about the different soils and plants in the area, as well as relax and kick back – and catch crawdads!
On Saturday, the group left Lytle Ranch in the wee hours of the morning to head to Las Vegas. Once in Las Vegas, the group toured the Bellagio Hotel and Casino, where they learned about the behind-the-scenes work that occurs to take care of the botanical conservatories and gardens.
After learning about the plant care, students couldn’t resist watching the fountains outside the Bellagio.
Students also got to tour the Hoover Dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, which is right on the Nevada/Arizona border. Some students got to participate in the Hoover Dam Powerplant tour. This tour provided a comprehensive view of the massive dam and its operations.
Students had the opportunity to eat at many different buffets at various casinos. For some, this was the highlight of the trip.
Vincent Bennett, said his favorite part of the trip was, “seeing new places with new people”.
Another student, Mitchell Frost, said his favorite part of the trip was, “being able to be around fun people interested in the same things I am.”
Frost then expressed his passion for soil science as a subject, “I like soil science because it allows me to better understand how soil and plants work together, and why we need to conserve an important natural resource that is often overlooked.”
Students enjoyed getting out of the classroom and applying what they have learned to a real-life setting. The group was able to get to know their fellow classmates, as well as see new places and learn new things.