Geology Field Trip opportunity for science educators, April 22-23

The Nebraska Academy of Sciences is sponsoring a Geology Field Trip in association with the NAS Annual Meeting, after the conference on April 22-23:
“Nebraska Rocks Underfoot”: Field exposure to Nebraska’s geological history.

This two-day field trip will provide an opportunity to get your shoes muddy, your feet wet, to socialize with other geo-educators, to camp and talk around the campfire after eating some great food! One goal is to get science teachers, students, interested scientists, academics, and the public together talking about Nebraska place-based geology. We intend for this to be an annual Field Trip to different locations in Nebraska.

If you are interested, please complete the form using the Google Form link as soon as possible. Additional information is provided at the top of the form and below, and more information will follow to those who register.

There will be a cost (for food and trip materials):
$25 if you are a Nebraska Academy of Sciences member;
$50 if you are a member of the Nebraska Association of Teachers of Science (NATS), and this will include membership in NAS;
$70 if you are not a member of NAS or NATS, and this will include a membership in NAS.


The Geology Field Trip will be presented at an introductory level and will provide an opportunity for interested NAS members, educators, and the public to learn about the geology of southeastern Nebraska.

“Nebraska Rocks Underfoot”: Field exposure to Nebraska’s geological history:
The trip will visit several localities in Southeast Nebraska, and we will be camping the night of 22nd at Indian Cave State Park. ‘Nebraska Rocks Underfoot’ is the theme, with a focus on Pennsylvanian, Permian, Cretaceous, and Pleistocene deposits and history, and we will be walking gravel bars looking for interesting and odd rocks in the Big Nemaha River. We’ll discuss the mountain range buried in SE Nebraska, Late Paleozoic cyclothems and sea level changes, Cretaceous coastlines and the history of the North American Interior Seaway, evidence for ice sheets reaching Nebraska, and Earth processes related to the above. We anticipate a number of educators will participate, so there will be opportunities to discuss geoscience pedagogy, and NE place-based phenomena. There will also be opportunities for fossil collecting. How cool would it be to find a Cretaceous fossil flower that grew in Nebraska eons ago?!

The Trip will begin with an introductory presentation on the UNL campus (Bessey Hall Room 117) at 8 a.m., Saturday, April 22 (Earth Day). The trip will return to the UNL campus on Sunday, April 23, around 5 p.m. Transportation in UNL vans is supported by the UNL Dept. of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences. Meals will be provided, and there will be ample space in tents provided. We will camp at Indian Cave State Park the evening of April 22. There is a nominal cost for the trip to cover two lunches, breakfast, dinner, and course materials. Participants must be NAS members to participate. For nonmembers, the registration fee will include membership.

For more information and with questions, please contact:

David Harwood
Dept. of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Nebraska Academy of Sciences
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