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Geology Extra Credit Field Trip Options- Spring, 2014

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Note: You can earn a MAXIMUM of 15 points extra credit using these trips for a geology LAB course (e.g. GLG103, GLG104, & GLG111). If we offer duplicate trips to the same location, you may not use the duplicate for extra credit (i.e. you may not do two identical Thunderbird Park trips for credit). Do-it yourself options are on the bottom of this page.

Note: Do not expect to get credit for the trip by just showing up without signing up in advance. Furthermore, if you are absent without prior notice or an emergency excuse, you may have taken away the field trip opportunity for a fellow student. As a consequence, we may take away any existing and future extra credit that you may have accumulated in the class for which you were planning to apply the extra credit. Please be considerate of your fellow classmates and the faculty who are volunteering their time to offer you these educational opportunities.

Note: You must use your official MCCCD email address (MEID@maricopa.edu) to sign-up for these trips. If you are unfamiliar with, or need assistance with your gmail account, please visit: http://www.gccaz.edu/hd/email/gmail/gmail.htm

Note: Check back to see if new options have been added.

Note: Be sure to check here just before your trip to see if it has been cancelled due to weather or other circumstances.


March Trips


Friday, March 21- Hike with the Professors- Thunderbird Park Geology


 What
 Explore the Geology of Thunderbird Park
 Difficulty
 The hike will be less than one mile length (round trip) and of low difficulty. We will be hiking about 100 yards up a hill on the west side of the park. We can then actually drive or hike to the central part of the park to complete the exercise.
 When
 3:30 p.m to around 5:30 p.m
 Where
 Thunderbird Park near where 59th Avenue turns into Pinnacle Peak Road. Proceed north on 59th Avenue past the Loop 101. Continue northward past Deer Valley/Melinda Road. 0.5 miles past Deer Valley Road, turn left into the main entrance to Thunderbird Park. Proceed ~50 yards to the T-intersection. Turn right at the T-intersection and proceed a few tenths of a mile to the next possible right turn. Turn right and proceed until this road dead-ends into a parking lot. Park. Click here for a map. Seriously, click here for a map!
 What to Bring
 Water, sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen, your lab manual and a pen/pencil. Be sure to fill out both sides of one of the field trip forms in Appendix 2 of the lab manual and bring it with you on the trip. If you don't have a lab manual, download Appendix 2 here.
 Instructors
  Gary Calderone & Pam Nelson. Be sure to return your worksheets to the instructor(s) upon conclusion of the exercise.
 How to sign up
PRIOR TO THE WEDNESDAY BEFORE THE TRIP, click here to sign up. If you do not receive an email confirming your reservation within two business days, the sign-up was unsuccessful. Please call 623.845.3885.
   
 Points
 10 points possible


Saturday, March 29- Touring with the Professors- Central Arizona Geology


 What
 Van-based Geology Tour of Central Arizona from Phoenix to Payson to Tonto Creek and return. Opportunity to collect rocks and fossils along the way.
 Difficulty
 Low difficulty. Most stops simply involve getting out of the vans. A short level walk (~100 yards) along a paved road to reach the fossils near Tonto Creek.
 When
 8:00 a.m to around 4:30 p.m
 Where
 Meet in room PS 175 at 8:00 a.m for trip orientation. Trip will leave from Physical Sciences Building Parking lot. Park in the standard student lots.
 What to Bring
 Lab Manuals, Water, sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen, pen/pencil and a picnic lunch. Bring a jacket if cool weather is predicted. Be sure to fill out both sides of one of the field trip forms in Appendix 2 of the lab manual and bring it with you on the trip. If you don't have a lab manual, download Appendix 2 here.
 Instructors
 Bill Engstrom, Karrie Wood, Wayne Johnson & Gary Calderone. Be sure to return your worksheets to one of them upon conclusion of the exercise.
 How to sign up
 PRIOR TO THE WEDNESDAY BEFORE THE TRIP, click here to sign up. If you do not receive an email confirming your reservation within two business days, the sign-up was unsuccessful. Please call 623.845.3885.
 
 
 Points
 15 points possible


April Trips

Friday,  April 4- Hike with the Professors- Phoenix Mountains- Trail #8A: Quartzite Ridge Geology

 What
 Explore the Geology of the Phoenix Mountains along Trail #8A between Piestewa Peak and Quartzite Ridge
 Difficulty
 The hike will be around 2 miles in length (round trip) and of moderate difficulty.
 When
 3:00 p.m to around 5:00 p.m
 Where
 Phoenix Mountains Preserve parking lot on the north side of Lincoln Blvd ( = Glendale Ave) at 32nd Street. Click here for a map.
 What to Bring
 Water, sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen, your lab manual and a pen/pencil. Be sure to fill out both sides of one of the field trip forms in Appendix 2 of the lab manual and bring it with you on the trip. If you don't have a lab manual, download Appendix 2 here.
 Instructors
 Steve Kadel & ?. Be sure to return your worksheets to one of them upon conclusion of the exercise.
 How to sign up
PRIOR TO THE WEDNESDAY BEFORE THE TRIP, click here to sign up. If you do not receive an email confirming your reservation within two business days, the sign-up was unsuccessful. Please call 623.845.3885.
   
 Points
 10 points possible


Friday, April 11 - Hike with the Professors- Thunderbird Park Geology

 What
 Explore the Geology of Thunderbird Park
 Difficulty
 The hike will be less than one mile length (round trip) and of low difficulty. We will be hiking about 100 yards up a hill on the west side of the park. We can then actually drive or hike to the central part of the park to complete the exercise.
 When
 3:30 p.m to around 5:30 p.m
 Where
 Thunderbird Park near where 59th Avenue turns into Pinnacle Peak Road. Proceed north on 59th Avenue past the Loop 101. Continue northward past Deer Valley/Melinda Road. 0.5 miles past Deer Valley Road, turn left into the main entrance to Thunderbird Park. Proceed ~50 yards to the T-intersection. Turn right at the T-intersection and proceed a few tenths of a mile to the next possible right turn. Turn right and proceed until this road dead-ends into a parking lot. Park. Click here for a map. Seriously, click here for a map!
 What to Bring
 Water, sturdy shoes, hat, sunscreen, your lab manual and a pen/pencil. Be sure to fill out both sides of one of the field trip forms in Appendix 2 of the lab manual and bring it with you on the trip. If you don't have a lab manual, download Appendix 2 here.
 Instructors
  Pam Nelson & Karrie Wood. Be sure to return your worksheets to the instructor(s) upon conclusion of the exercise.
 How to sign up
PRIOR TO THE WEDNESDAY BEFORE THE TRIP, click here to sign up. If you do not receive an email confirming your reservation within two business days, the sign-up was unsuccessful. Please call 623.845.3885.
   
 Points
 10 points possible


Do-It-Yourself Field Trip Options: 10 points

1. Arizona Museum of Natural History (click here for their website for information and location). Download the do-it-yourself exercise here. Visit the Museum and complete the exercise and have it signed by a Museum official and return it to your instructor by April 18, 2014.

 

2. Arizona Science Center (click here for their website for information and location). Download the do-it-yourself exercise here. Visit the Museum and complete the exercise and have it signed by a Museum official and return it to your instructor by April 18, 2014.

 

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Last update: Thursday January 30 2014