I recently attended an environmental science program for teachers through Miami University of Oxford, Ohio. This program has been located at Timberline Ranch outside of Dubois, WY for over 40 years. Because of the nature of the geological formations in Wyoming, it has always been located there, as volcanic creation is still an ongoing process. We spent many hours, many miles, and 2 weeks, hiking in canyons, beside rocky rivers, and up mountains, all the while taking copious notes, and listening to “Doc” Bob McWilliams, a master geologist explain the formation of this earth. We also learned the effects climate change is having on our environment.
Doc tied his teachings in with great Native American stories about how the earth was created. It was powerful, indeed. If all of public schools could just “get” the fact that we learn more in-depth, and have a greater understanding of what we learn, with a hands-on approach—especially in the environment in which it pertains. I will never forget this experience. It changed something in my soul.
This photo was taken at one of our many outdoor classrooms, located in the Shoshone National Forest. We are seated on igneous rock created by an ancient volcano, that was then smoothed by mountain glaciation.
Nikon p80 as is.