Jul 25 - 29, 2018
* Adult discount if paid in full by 4/15.
** Deposits must be made per person.
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OPEN TO TEACHERS AND THE ADULT PUBLIC (min. age 18).
Centennial Canoe teams up with the Colorado School of Mines (303-273-3303) to offer a geology workshop for teachers (K-12) and for general interest to the public.
Field trips to Mars are still quite difficult, but travel to the Colorado Plateau is easy. As our observations of the Martian surface become more robust we are seeing structures that look tantalizingly familiar. It is possible that the desert of the Colorado Plateau has experienced a similar climate and geologic process. In this course, we will canoe down the Green River in central Utah looking at areas that seem to be analogous to what we are seeing on Mars.
Geology lectures, exercises, and activities for the classroom will be conducted throughout the canoe trip as appropriate by your facilitator, Ed Adams. Teachers taking the course for credit will have to keep a journal, complete certain geology-based laboratory exercises and make and interpret geologic maps. See syllabus (PDF).
The pre-trip workshop will be held at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO the Monday July 23rd prior to the canoe trip from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Detailed class information will be sent to all registered participants.
What better opportunity to have fun on the river and learn while you’re at it!
Canoeing in Utah is an unforgettable odyssey. Paddling the spectacular 60-mile section of the Green River from Crystal Geyser south of Green River, UT, as it winds towards Mineral Bottom, just north of Canyonlands National Park, is the trip of a lifetime. Between the town of Green River, Utah, and Canyonlands National Park is part of the longest stretch of quiet wilderness water in the lower 48 states. As you canoe the Green River, the moving panorama is incomparable. The twisting, looping river winds its way between sheer, colorful sandstone walls, hundreds of feet high. Vast canyon systems and water channels branch in all directions, inviting hiking and exploring as well as providing excellent camping. Highlights may include hiking to Bow Knot Bend, the canyons of Trin-Alcove, plus Horseshoe Canyon. Old settler’s cabins, abandoned mines, historic outlaw hideouts, caves, ancient Fremont Indian petroglyphs (rock art panels a.d. 500-1200), and lush hidden springs. Oftentimes, a layover day will be built into the trip for hiking. As you retrace Major John Wesley Powell’s 1869 route when he first floated this river and documented the area, remember his words describing his mission: “...to fill in the last white space on the map…”
The trip will begin in Moab, UT, where a local tour operator will transport passengers to the Green River entry point. Cars can be stored with the operator at no charge.
Our instructor, Ed Adams, has been an instructor for Centennial Canoe Outfitters since 1999 and brings with him an endless repertoire of geologic knowledge and fun interactive activities for all to enjoy. Don't miss out on this unique adventure!