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Amazing Local Geology: A class and field experience with Richard Little

Hitchcock Center for the Environment - The Hitchcock Center for the Environment

Saturday, October 22, 2016 - Saturday, November 5, 2016
The Hitchcock Center for the Environment 845 West Street AmherstMA  01002
Saturday, October 22, 2016 - Saturday, November 5, 2016
The Hitchcock Center for the Environment 845 West Street AmherstMA  01002

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What's Included

Amazing Local Geology: A class and field experience with Richard Little 3 Saturdays – October 22, 29, and November 5 10 – 4 pm This is the best place in the world to study geology. Find out why in this introduction to Connecticut Valley geology. All field sites will be easily accessible, but some require walking on rocky established trails with up to 100 feet of elevation gain. Members $95 Non-members $115 Day 1: Valley Geologic History presentation and field trip – Richard will present a vivid-imagery overview of the geologic history of the Valley – plate tectonics, earthquakes, vulcanism, dinosaurs, glaciers – they all happened right here! We will have rock samples to examine. Picnic lunch at the Hitchcock Center (or TBA) Afternoon field trip to the Mt. Tom Reservation to view the basalt cliffs and the Trustees of Reservations Dinosaur Footprint site on route 5 in Holyoke. Day 2: Presentation and Field Trip. We’ll begin with a slide presentation about Glaciers and how Lake Hitchcock and the amazing Valley agricultural soils were formed. This will include handouts. Picnic Lunch and discussion at the Hitchcock Center Field trip along route 116 and route 63 to view a variety of glacial sediments and landforms including deltas, sand dunes, and some fascinating clay layers Day 3: Field Trip Day. Today we will meet at the French King Bridge, Rte. 2, Erving. From the base of the bridge (Dorsey Rd), we will head west on route 2 toward Greenfield visiting various sites for geologic excitement! Picnic lunch or buy at Stop and Shop in Greenfield, the site of one of our explorations. Wait until you see the armored mud balls in Greenfield!Our travels will take us through Deerfield and Sunderland as we return back to the Amherst area by the end of the afternoon.

About This Organizer

Education helps develop a community that understands connections among the human health, ecosystems and economies. The Hitchcock Center connects people with nature and encourages a deeper emotional bond with the natural world that sustains us all.

Founded in 1962, the Hitchcock Center for the Environment fosters awareness and understanding of our environment through programs with a particular focus on children, who live in a world of environmental challenges.

Our educational framework centers on five fundamentals:

  • Understanding principles of ecology
  • Valuing place
  • Promoting resilience
  • Demonstrating sustainability in the built environment
  • Educating for active citizenship

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  • Hitchcock Center for the Environment

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