Introduction to PARK Teachers Geology

San Francisco State University students use the Magic Window teaching tool on Rodeo Beach
San Francisco State University students using Magic Window transparencies to discuss the geologic landscape

Kirk Wrench

Welcome to PARK Teachers Geology

Upside down globes? Sandwich cookies masquerading as moving tectonic plates? Artistic transparences taking us back and forward in time? We are in a world where rocks are verbs, as well as nouns. We have traveled to the Marin Headlands, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge, part of the geologic formation known as the San Franciscan Complex. We are in the middle of a PARK Teachers Geology workshop.

Since 2004, a dynamic partnership has brought together secondary (science) education credential candidates, San Francisco State University faculty, and NPS educators to join in an annual place-based field program designed to introduce the new classroom teachers to national parks as settings for learning.

Through a geologic lens, the workshop participants delve into
• Inquiry techniques that are student-centered
• Content related to earth sciences
• Lessons aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards

We invite you to take a closer look at our partnership, teaching tools, and resources!

PARK Teachers Geology (Parks As Resources for Knowledge) was originally made possible by a generous grant from the Toyota USA Foundation through the National Park Foundation.
San Francisco State University professor and student investigate geology

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San Francisco State University student participates in the "I Have Tectonics" activity

Geology Resources for Teachers

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Last updated: July 9, 2019

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