Itinerary Death Valley 2008 Date Location/Park Destinations Content Themes/ Notes 1st Semester Harbor City High International School Planning, fundraising Wednesday Jan. 2, 2008 HCIS University of MN Duluth Syllabus, issue field notebooks, packing planning Fossils & Sed./Strat. Intro Geologic Maps/Sketches & Interpretations Intro - field notebook organization and expectations Mineral and Rocks Intro - microscope mineral inquiry Thursday Jan. HCIS 3, 2008 Packing Student project prep. RESPONSIBILITY and ORGANIZATION Friday Jan. 4, HCIS 2008 Packing Student project prep. RESPONSIBILITY and ORGANIZATION Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008 Travel to Minneapolis Sunday, Jan. 6, 2008 Fly to Las Vegas, grocery shop. Travel to Death Valley, settle in Presentations (Scheduled during the day, or while hiking at night to keep warm) -Teacher -UMD Geology prof. and grad fellow Pickup pre-ordered SAM’s Club food/supplies Wal-mart stop for smaller quantities, cooking fuel Monday, Jan. Dante's View Erosion and Weathering 7, 2008 Water Hike Golden Canyon to Zabriskie Point Field Notebooks- sketch interpretations *Map valley cross section profile and alluvial fans Question of the Day- Student- Daily Weather sayings and notes Teacher- Daily Biology Moments Student- Running Water Student- Erosion and Weathering Tuesday, Jan. Split Cinder Cone 8, 2008 Gneiss Outcrop Virgin Spring Canyon hike to explore Amargosa Chaos Plate Tectonics - Volcanoes - Earthquakes Geologic Time Rock cycles and types - highlight gneiss Rheology Inquiry Student- Geologic Time Student- Plate Tectonics Teacher- Rheology Night: Student- Star Types Field Notebooks- sketch interpretations * Sketch a lava bomb, label features * Sketch/map the split volcano, label features Question of the DayTell the geologic story of the split cinder cone. How did it form? What role did water play? Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008 Salt Creek Ubehebe Crater Visitor’s Center and Gen. Store -museum, take notes -purchase souvenirs, postcards, stamps (1st of two opportunities during the trip) Thursday, Emigrant Canyon to Skidoo Jan. 10, 2008 Aguereberry Point Wind Weather & Climate Glacial Lakes Sequence of Geological Events: rules of superposition Student- Wind Student- Jet Stream Student- Auroras Field Notebooks- sketch interpretations * Sketch mapview of craters/cinder cones Question of the DayDo you think the Ubehebe cinder cones/craters formed at the same or different times? Why? - cite evidence from the field, sketches, observations, etc. Mining, granite and gold Quartzite, Slate, coyote den Wind Weather and Climate Earth Rotation/tilt Field Notebooks- sketch interpretations * Map the valley cross section from Aguereberry Point. Question of the DayIf you were a gold prospector, what geological features would you look for to lead you to gold? Student- Mining Student- Mountains and Weather Friday, Jan. 11, 2008 “Dissect” alluvial fan Corkscrew Peak view Titus Canyon -Volcano plug -mining -Klare Spring -Walk last 1 mile Rock types review in morning (emphasize at outcrops and in alluvial fan) Fossils Faulting Folding Breccia Dolomite Travertine Teacher- Rock Types Review -sedimentary -igneous -metamorphic Student- US Fossil History Student- Faulting Field Notebooks- sketch interpretations * Sketch mapview of craters/cinder cones Question of the DayHow does geology influence plant and animal (including human) life at Klare Spring? How does geology influence life where you live? Saturday, Photography morning session with Bob Photography Student- Basin and Range Jan. 12, 2008 Salt and the Valley Student- Galaxy types Badwater Field Notebooks- sketch interpretations * Sketch and photograph Natural Bridges and Artist’s Natural Bridges Pallette Question of the DayArtist's Palette-Photography How can photography aid geological research? Why are field sketches still important? Visitor’s Center and Gen. Store (2nd of two opportunities during the trip) Sunday, Jan. Mosiac Canyon 13, 2008 Stovepipe Wells Dunes Dune formation, angle of repose Monday. Jan. Last day in park Destinations TBD 14, 2008 Field ID Test Earth Cycles and Spheres (bio-, hydro-, geo-, etc.) - Planetary Remote Sensing / Imaging (park geologist +/- grad fellow) Photography wrap-up Field Notebooks- sketch interpretations * Mosaic Canyon: sketch layers, piece types. Discuss ENERGY, why there are rounded and angular pieces, develop the geologic history of the canyon from your observations. * Dunes: Sketch dune forms. Sketch dry low areas with mud cracks. Question of the DayLonger solo journal time (1hr): Reflect on the trip thus far. What have you learned about yourself? Tell the geologic story of your favorite type of rock. Field Notebooks- sketch interpretations * Make a map (sketch with interpretations) from a photograph. (in auditorium) Question of the DayWhat do you think it would be like to be a field scientist? What makes Earth different from the other planets? What key whole-planet processes does Earth have that the other planets don’t have? Teacher- Dunes Inquiry Student- Meteor showers Teacher- Moon Phases Teacher- Rock/Mineral ID review Teacher/Park Service*Photography critique *Remote Sensing imagery Tuesday, Jan. Travel To Red Rock Canyon 15, 2008 Explore and camp Teacher- lead discussion about earth resources, stewardship, science research Field Notebooks- sketch interpretations * Sketch/Map cross bedded sandstone * Record observations, sketch view coming back to the Las Vegas valley. Question of the DayWhy does Geology matter? -stewardship, conservation, life skills wrap-up Wednesday, Return Flight to Minneapolis Jan. 16, 2008 Thursday HCIS Jan. 17, 2008 Debriefing, Gear clean-up, Photograph file sharing Friday Jan. 18, 2008 HCIS Final test Feb. 2008 Duluth Leaders/Teachers debriefing and re-organization, lesson plan discussions, etc. March 2008 Discussion with Park Service about curriculum Hoping to document, improve and/or develop curriculum in these areas: SOME LESSONS - Fossils, Sedimentology & Stratigraphy with Matt Kuchta, UMD sed/strat lab - Scientific Field Notebooks / Maps as Interpretations: Website examples / Expectiations, Set-up & Grading - Intro to Minerals, Rocks, and Deformation with Sally Goodman, UMD petrology lab - The Rheology of Food and Rocks, Sally Goodman UMD - The Rock Cycle and Types, Sally Goodman UMD - Daily Desert Biological Moments, Cindy Hale UMD o Water limits life: photosynthesis, stomata, leaves/needle-size o Shrubs: growth/shed periods o Annuals vs. Perennials: germination timing, fast growth/cycle, seed coat enzyme o Albedo and colors: leaf color, fur, reflection, water conservation, gas exchange o Desert Adaptations: life in valleys and gullies, small yet old forms (desert cactus), salt tolerance, creosote spatial distribution, allelopathy (toxins, radius), photosynthetic stems, C3 vs C4 photosynthesis - Digital Photography and Geological Fieldwork, Matt Kuchta ppt seminar presentation - Digital Photography with Ranger Bob - Dune formation and Angle of Repose, Margie Menzies HCIS - Astronomy Lessons, Margie Menzies HCIS o Moon Phases o Constellations, stars o Astronomy stories - Weather Prediction and Phenomena, Margie Menzies HCIS - Remote Sensing and Geology Park Geologist and Grad Fellow/Margie - Indigenous People of Death Valley: Traditional Ecological Knowledge STUDENT PROJECTS/ PRESENTATIONS - Guide student projects with specific key points they must cover (according to state standards and teacher’s discretion) - Create handout of key figures and main points to distribute to class in field - Have students tape handouts into field notebooks immediately after presentations TRIP SIZE LIMIT - 12 students is ideal, 3 vans, 3-4 chaperone/teachers JOURNAL / FIELD NOTEBOOK - Daily Questions o Pose DURING the day - Field Sketch/Map of the Day o Assign daily, allow @ 20-30 min. in field to complete sketch o Require: scale, north direction, labeled features o Develop student observational skills o Resources: Marshak, 2nd Ed., Essentials of Geology, “What a Geologist Sees” sections, and on the web Claire Walker Leslie, Art of Field Journaling - Daily Weather Report o Wind speed and direction o Daily high, low temperatures o Barometric Pressure and changes o Cloud Types o Weather predictions o Student Report: Daily weather saying and analysis - Daily “Moon before Bed” sketch ASSESSMENTS - Field I.D. quiz on rocks and minerals - Final exam - Field notebooks graded - Life skills assessed by notebook reflection questions and trip duties performance NEEDS/WISH LIST FOR PARK SERVICE and/or AREA MINES and/or INDIGENOUS PEOPLE - Identify accessible/best locations of (more) outcrops of schist, limestone, granite, and gneiss - Ouline logistics and rules of using the group camp site: ex. Water resupply, area off-limits for archeological remains - Determine if any rock samples can be taken home by students - Determine if Park has a portable rock and mineral collection we could use - Determine if Park could GET US TO THE RACETRACK PLAYA SOMEHOW?!!!!!!!!!!!! Maybe they could rent those souped up vans for a day or two?! WHo knows! - Would and an active mine be able to give students a tour?! (great way to see fresh outcrop and learn about economic importance of geology). - Would local tribes be willing to share their creation story of the valley? Other stories? Talk about living in the valley and using its resources?