Course Description: Much of today’s magnificent scenery in RMNP is attributable to the erosional effects of ice more than a thousand feet thick. This course will begin at the terminal moraine of an ancient glacier near the entrance station and traverse up Fall River Road through its U-shapedCanyon, into its cirque 8 miles away; observing depositional and erosional features along the way. On the return trip along Trail Ridge Road, many interesting glacial and periglacial features will be pointed out at several stops (rock glaciers, felsenmeer, patterned ground, and sackungen).
Short-distance walks throughout the day on primarily level terrain (possible sites include HorseshoePark, Old Fall River Road, and stops along Trail Ridge Road) Some portions of this course will be at elevations exceeding 11,000 ft.
Brief Instructor Biography (additional information available at www.rmna.org):Dr. Vince Matthews is the State Geologist of Colorado, Director of the Colorado Geological Survey, author of Messages in Stone - Colorado's Colorful Geology, and compiler of Tourist Guide to Colorado Geology. He has taught geology at five institutions of higher education. Vince is a recipient of the Arthur Lakes Legacy Award for increasing public awareness of the region's geologic, prehistoric, historic, and natural features.
Expectations:Professional conduct will be expected from participants at all times.Individual ideas will be respected.Except during course breaks, cellular phones, pagers, and personal entertainment devices are strictly prohibited in the classroom and during field sessions.
Car-pooling:Rocky Mountain Field Seminars courses utilize car-pooling to limit vehicles traveling into the Park.Car-pooling makes it easier to keep the group together, reduces transit time, and allows courses greater access because fewer parking spaces are required at destinations.In addition, it provides an opportunity for participants to discuss course material in small groups during transit.Typically, a few participants from each course volunteer the use of their vehicles for car-pooling to course locations.
Tentative Course Schedule:
- Welcome, Introduction
Classroom discussion/gather gear/ restroom break
Stop 1: Aspenglen Campground - - Terminal moraine of the Fall River glacier
Stop 2: HorseshoePark - - Lateral Moraine of the Fall River glacier. Ancient lakebed dammed by terminal moraine of Fall River glacier.
Stop 3: Fall River canyon - -U-shaped valley. Glacially polished and striated bedrock/grooved walls.
Stop 4: WillowPark - - Cirque of the Fall River glacier
Stop 5: Alpine VisitorCenter - - Lunch. Overview of cirque
Stop 6: Lava Cliffs - - Patterned ground
Stop 7: IcebergPass – Sackungen
Stop 8: ForestCanyon Overlook
Stop 9: Rainbow Curve - - Overview of HorseshoePark. Lateral moraine damming a tributary stream.
Stop 10: Many Parks Curve - - Overview of MorainePark. Lateral Moraines/Roche moutonee.
What to Bring:
§Sack lunch, snacks, energy bars, and Water
Remember to Bring the 10 Essentials:
RockyMountainNational Park recommends that hikers always carry the 10 essentials in their daypacks.
RaingearMap and compassFlashlight or headlamp
Sunglasses and sunscreenCandlesMatches or other fire starter
PocketknifeFirst-aid kitExtra layers of clothing
Sack lunch, snacks, and water
Note:Rocky Mountain Field Seminars recommends that participants for all courses dress in layers and wear comfortable, sturdy hiking boots/shoes.Participants should be prepared for sudden changes in temperature and weather conditions.
Teacher Recertification Credit:
Most seminars are eligible for teacher recertification credit through the Centennial Board of Cooperative Education Services (BOCES).The fee is $25.00 per seminar (.5 unit) or $25.00 per series of threaded seminars (1.0 - 3.0 units).A list of threaded seminars can be found online at www.rmna.org.Participants must enroll in all seminars of a threaded series in order to qualify for the $25.00 multi-unit fee. Please be prepared to pay for this credit with a check, made payable to BOCES, on the first day of a seminar or on the final day of a threaded series of seminars.
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