May 28, 2014 6:27 PM by Leah Kraus
Students at Canon City High School traded in pencils and notebooks on their last full day of school for shovels and watering buckets.
They planted 1,600 trees in the Royal Gorge burn area as part of a community service project.
"It means a lot to me," says volunteer Kaia Ball. "This is my future line of work and I'm really excited about helping to protect and preserve the watershed by planting trees to secure the ground."
It's all a part of the re-building process for the gorge since it was devastated by a wildfire last summer. They hope to have 5,000 trees planted this spring.
In total, about 100 students helped out.