Earth Science Celebration on Saturday October 15, 2011
Contact: Lori Rome, 435 425 4110
Celebrate Earth Science Week at Capitol Reef National Park on Saturday October 15, 2011. "Our Ever-Changing Earth," the theme of Earth Science Week 2011, will engage young people and the public in learning about the natural processes that shape our planet over time. The objectives are:
″To engage students in discovering the Earth sciences.
″To remind people that Earth science is all around us.
″To encourage Earth stewardship through understanding.
"To motivate geoscientists to share their knowledge and enthusiasm about the Earth."
Activities on October 15, 2011:
9:00 am to 10:00 am: Walk to Tracks from the Dinosaur Age, good for all ages. Meets at the pullout at mile marker 76 on Hwy 24 west of the visitor center.
10:30 am to 1:00 pm: Ripple Rock Nature Center open.
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm: Junior Geologist hike to Hickman Bridge, meets at the Hickman Bridge parking area.
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm: Faux-Fossil Dig at Ripple Rock Nature Center.
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm: Moderately strenuous geology hike to Cohab Canyon. Meets at The Cohab Canyon Trailhead.
Did You Know?
The geology of the Waterpocket Fold created conditions which allowed unique plant species to evolve here. A total of 887 plant species occur in the park many of which have very restricted distributions, occuring on specific geologic formations, soils, slopes, or elevation or precipitation ranges.