Journey Through Time
Wow! That was an awesome field study we took last week. I was blown away by all that we accomplished in such a short time.
Our studies stated in Fossil, Oregon. We listened to a presentation by staff at the Oregon Paleo Land Institute about fossils and the historical significance of the area. I particularly liked the discussion on whether the science behind Jurassic Park had any validity. Then, groups walks to Wheeler High School and spent roughly 35 minutes digging for fossils behind the school’s football field. I was shocked at how easy it was to pick up a piece of shale, chisel it in half, and- BOOM! FOSSILS! We then traveled to the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center where we listened to a Park Ranger give a presentation, watched a short film, and observed the center’s permanent exhibits. We then got back on the bus and traveled to the Painted Hills where we took two hikes around what appeared to be a landscape right out of Mars. We spent the night on the gym floor of Ochoco Elementary School in Prineville, Oregon. (Some slept better than others). We woke up at the early dawn to have a pancake breakfast at the Prineville Airport chapter of the E.A.A. (Experimental Airplane Association). Traveling west we arrived at Smith Rocks and spent roughly 90 minutes climbing, hiking, and staring in awe at the amazing rock formations that remain from a roughly 30 million-year- old volcano.
A huge thank you goes out to Jill Dorrough, Dan Prince, Micah Escalanté, Katey Kinnear, Becca Bratton, Jamie Vittoria, and John Rykken for volunteering their time to be chaperones on this amazing field study. I also would like to thank Anne Wand and Dana Barden for their help in getting students organized in the classroom before we loaded the buses on Wednesday morning and a huge thank you to each and every one of you that helped by donating supplies and/or your time to make this trip possible!