Thinking of embarking on your own CT geology adventure? Here are some tips!
Taking a Geology Field Trip with Your Class
There are some great geological landmarks in Connecticut to visit with your class! Don't forget about the Yale Peabody Museum's earth science curriculum in-class activities before and/or after your trip:
When choosing a site, remember that there are many road cuts as well as private sites that may be off limits to visiting and/or unsafe. However, many state and town parks are great places to visit, including Hammonasset Beach State Park, Sleeping Giant State Park, Hubbard Park, Ledyard Glacial Park and more. Jonathon Craig from the Talcott Mountain Science Center has written a narrative of 50 important sites to visit, which are included in page 51 of the Peabody's Connecticut Geology Guide referenced above.
There are two books that provide good advice for Connecticut field trips:
- "Great Day Trips to Discover the Geology of Connecticut", by Greg McHone
- "Roadside Geology of Connecticut and Rhode Island", by James W. Skehan
A limited number of mineral localities on state property are accessible on a permit basis for public educational mineral collecting. There are three state-owned quarries that allow rock and mineral collecting for schools, but you need to acquire a permit. You can look up educational mineral collecting permits in the permits section on the CT DEEP website, or try this link:
Note that only one permit is issued for any particular day so you will need to plan ahead.
The Connecticut Geological Society has a listing of geologists who volunteer for school groups. You might be able to find one who lives near your site who can accompany your trip and point out key features. To see if this is possible, contact Meg Enkler at Dinosaur State Park at (860) 529-5816.
Like any outdoor trip, make sure your students are properly dressed for the weather. Closed-toed, sturdy shoes are important. Don't forget sunscreen if you will be in a sunny, exposed area, and insect repellent may be worth considering as well. Also make sure students will have enough water, and food if you are planning to be out for more than a couple of hours. Scout out the restroom options ahead of time, and warn the students that there may not be any facilities nearby.
If you are able to get an educational collecting permit to one of the state quarries and are having your students collect, it is important to bring and wear proper equipment, such as a rock hammers, chisels, and safety goggles.
Have a great trip!