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Class to travel west for geology lessons

Students from a previous summer geology class examine the lava flow pattern of cracks and smooth surfaces at Devils Point in California.  Photo courtesy Jim Black
Students from a previous summer geology class examine the lava flow pattern of cracks and smooth surfaces at Devil’s Point in California. Photo courtesy Jim Black

By Gary Collins/managing editor

Students from a previous summer geology class examine the lava flow pattern of cracks and smooth surfaces at Devil's Point in California.  Photo courtesy Jim Black
Students from a previous summer geology class examine the lava flow pattern of cracks and smooth surfaces at Devil’s Point in California. Photo courtesy Jim Black

Students looking to spend time in the sun this summer can register for the Sierra Nevada wilderness mini course offered through South Campus.

Geology instructor Jim Black will lead the 17-day trip through the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California this year.

“I try to teach a wilderness course each summer. In the past, I have been alternating trips: one year we will go to California, the next to Wyoming,” he said. “I like to alternate the trips because there is so much diversity in different regions of the country. Many students who have gone on the trip look forward to the opportunity to learn about the geology in a different part of the country.”

The $650 payment covers van rental, insurance, food, camping fees and any other needed supplies. Tuition is separate.

Registration ends July 5 but is on a first-come, first-served basis. At press time, 16 seats were open. Before being allowed to register, interested students need to contact Black to set up an interview to receive the registration permit form.

“The permit is required because it is important that each student knows exactly what is expected of him or her on this trip,” he said.

Students who participate will earn four credit hours for geology and one for health and physical education while camping in the national parks.

“On our way to California, we will also visit and study the geology of Petrified Forest and Grand Canyon National Park,” he said. “While there [in the Sierra Nevada Mountains], we will study the geology of Sequoia National Park, Yosemite National Park and the Inyo forest on the east side of the Sierras.”

Black said the trip will not be a picnic. Students should plan for lots of walking, hiking, tent camping and cooking on Coleman stoves.

TCC will provide the necessary camping equipment, but students will need to provide personal items such as sleeping bags.

“We will be camping in different parks as we travel there and back,” he said. “Our longest stay will be in Sequoia National Park, where we will do a number of hikes.”

Black, who enjoys working with students in a wilderness setting, wants his students to leave the trip with a better understanding of nature.

“Above anything, I want students to appreciate and understand the uniqueness of earth,” he said.

Interested students should contact Black before the July 5 deadline at 817-515-4105.

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