HRES Field Trip Fall 2017:

Geological Tour of Bear Mountain and the Fort Montgomery Area

Saturday, September 23, 2017 9:45 AM – 3:00 PM


We will drive to the top of Bear Mountain to examine some of the oldest rocks in New York State and talk about the 1.3 billion year geologic history of New York. We will then visit the Fort Montgomery area next to the Bear Mountain Bridge and discuss how the geology of the Hudson Highlands affected the history of the Hudson River Valley from the earliest Native Americans through the Revolutionary War, the Industrial Revolution, and into the modern environmental movement.

The tour will be led by Dr. Steven H. Schimmrich. Dr. Schimmrich is Professor of Earth Science and Geology and is chair of the STEM Department at SUNY Ulster County Community College, at which he has taught since August 1999.  Among the courses he teaches is Geology of the Hudson Valley, a two week intensive field study of selected rock outcrops from New York City to Saratoga Springs which covers the geology and tectonic history of the Hudson Valley.

LOGISTICSMeet at the Central Valley Park and Ride Lots just off the Harriman Exit 16 from the NYS Thruway at 9:45 am.   After passing through the Exit 16 Toll plaza, take right exit off route 17 onto Route 32. Take left onto Route 32 South, go under the Rt 6 overpass, take immediate right onto Larkin Drive, then left onto Maher Ln. Parking lot is on the left. We will carpool from the this Park & Ride, returning around 3:00 pm.  Wear sturdy shoes or boots and dress for being outdoors. Bring plenty of food and water (including a lunch). Event will be held rain or shine so dress for the weather.

For more information contact Lucy Johnson at 845-309-5353; or Jim Morrison at 845-405-1884.

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