Gooseberry Administrative Site
Nestled just off Interstate 70 on the Richfield Ranger District is the Gooseberry Administrative Site. The complex has served as a Ranger Station, Experiment Station, a Civilian Conservation Corps camp, Latter-Day Saints camp, a Young Adult Conservation Corps camp and a Youth Conservation Corps Camp. It is now used for Environmental/Conservation Education programs. In 1979, the first environmental education program was held at Gooseberry.
Each September following the Labor Day holiday, nearly 500 third graders from area schools converge on Gooseberry for the annual environmental education program. These children have been waiting, some for almost as many as their eight years, for the time they would be third graders and able to"go to Gooseberry".
This program allows children that might not normally get an opportunity to spend time in the woods, one to one and a half days in the forest learning important safety and environmental friendly information.
The children participate in various programs taught by Forest Service personnel and other invited professionals. During the week, third grade students attend different classes in wildlife, archeology, stream ecology, wildfire management, mapping, plants and forestry. At night their parents get to join them for dinner and some form of entertainment such as woodcarving or a planetarium presentation. Then before bed they are visited by Annie Bangs (everyone in this area has grown up hearing the legend). It has become a family tradition. Parents start planning on coming to Gooseberry with their third grader as soon as their child enters kindergarten. Older siblings start telling the “Annie Bangs” story early on and try to convince the younger children that Annie is real and actually at Gooseberry.