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 13+.Location
:This walking tour will meet at the fishing access parking lot, off Seth Green Drive. Please follow this link for directions.
About the teacher
:Tyler Lucero has connected people to the natural world as a science teacher in the Rochester City School District, a naturalist at West Irondequoit's Helmer Nature Center, and as an interpretive ranger at Rocky Mountain National Park. He studied geology at Brown University and has traveled widely to wild places in the United States, but loves the landscape of his native Western New York best.
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