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Geology Field Trip: The Genesee River Gorge and Lower Falls

Saturday, June 26th | 2:00pm-3:30pm | Geology Field Trip: The Genesee River Gorge and Lower Falls


The gorge carved by the Genesee River allows us to see the rock layers under our feet like no other place in Rochester. During this field trip, students will together "read" the 450 million year geologic story of our area from that rock record, identifying different rocks, analyzing rock structures and textures, and perhaps even finding some fossils! Walking this hidden Lower Falls access route will reveal the hidden history of our region - mountains, oceans, glaciers, and all.

Please note: This is a 1 mile walking tour (0.5 miles downhill and 0.5 miles up hill) at a slow pace along a slightly inclined, paved path. Students can expect to be on their feet for the duration of the trip. Students are encouraged to bring their own personal water bottles with them to stay hydrated. As any geologist will tell you, there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad gear: please wear clothes appropriate for the weather, as this course will run rain or shine.

This class is appropriate for ages 14+.

This walking tour will meet at the fishing access parking lot, off Seth Green Drive. Please follow this link for directions. 

If you would like to request a sign language interpreter, please fill out our contact form. Please also let us know if you have any preferences (seating, vision access, etc).

About the teacher:
Tyler Lucero has connected people to our natural and human heritage as an interpreter at the Genesee Country Village & Museum, a science teacher in the Rochester City School District, a naturalist at West Irondequoit's Helmer Nature Center, and an interpretive ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park. He studied geology and history at Brown University, and has traveled widely to wild and historic places across the United States, but loves the people, landscape, and history of his native Western New York best.

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