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Instructor:  Tom Braziunas

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Field Trips

From a trip to the Trail of Two Forests, 
Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

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Click on the past field trips listed below for information and photos related to that trip:

General information:
Field trips are intended to introduce students first-hand (or virtually) to the geologic processes and materials (rocks, minerals and fossils) that have lead to the incredible natural scenery of the Pacific Northwest. Attendance on an in-person guided trip is one way to earn points for the "field trip requirement" of the course. 

This winter, we plan to visit the Burke Museum (University of Washington campus) for two hours on one weekend morning.  On a second weekend morning (if there is interest), we can walk through downtown Seattle observing the building stones and fossils, beginning at a nice hot coffee shop! The time and location of outdoor field trips may change if weather warrants it.

The in-person trip requires you to compose a short field report for which you will receive 10 points.  Alternatively, a "virtual field trip" can substitute for this in-person excursion as a way to earn the same course points.  I can help you choose a "virtual" field trip on the Internet and compose a suitable field report on your experience. The due date of the report appears in the schedule.  The actual number of points will depend on your personal effort.

You might also conduct your own "in-person" field trip to a Pacific Northwest locale.  Consult with me and we can plan an individualized "trip" that fits your interests as well as the field report requirements.  Collect, identify and send a specimen or two if you like.

Weather is always a determining factor for any field trips.  An instructor-cancelled in-person field trip will need to be replaced with a virtual or individualized trip to earn course points.

As explained in the syllabus, only one field trip report of this nature will be scored.

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