Geology Field Trip: A Geologic Drive Around the Neighborhood, The Institute

Geology Field Trip: A Geologic Drive Around the Neighborhood, The Institute

Saturday April 9th, 2022 * 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
A Geologic Drive Around the Neighborhood 
Geologist Jeri Jones of Jones Geological Services will lead a field trip, “A Geologic Drive Around the Neighborhood” on Saturday, April 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sponsored by The Institute, the carpool-style field trip is open to those age 15 and up.
Exploring the geology of the Waynesboro–Taneytown area, the trip includes several stops where attendees will see the different rock types that make up the Great Valley on the west, South Mountain, and what lies just to the east of the mountain.
During the trip, Jones will point out the evidence of major geologic events from ancient times.
“Millions of years ago, South Mountain was an arm of the rifting apart of a supercontinent known as Rodinia,” Jones said. “Volcanic activity both under the ocean and on the continent were common. Finally the volcanism stopped and the building of a continental shelf began.” 
Much later in geologic time, Jones said, our continent collided with a chain of younger volcanic islands and the African continent; the collision severely altered the bedrock.
Finally, when the supercontinent broke apart during the Age of Dinosaurs, the area east of South Mountain was a rift valley similar to today’s Red Sea area.
The group will stop at sites in Pennsylvania and nearby Maryland.
“In addition to the roadcuts (mostly on rural roads), we will visit Pen Mar Park and the Raven Rock Boulder Field, known locally as Devil’s Racecourse,” Jones said.
An award-winning geologist for more than 30 years, Jones has conducted extensive research on Pennsylvania mining practices, authored several publications, and narrated a 3-part video series on regional geology known as “TimeWalk.” He has been on the faculties of several regional colleges.
The trip will be via carpool, no transportation provided. Space is limited to ten vehicles, and pre-registration is required. The meeting point will be provided upon registration. Cost is $30 for members of The Institute, and $35 for the general public. Those joining the trip should wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring a bag lunch, snacks and beverages. Those interested in rock collecting should bring a hammer.
For more information or to register, call (717) 762-0373 or email to: info@NatureAndCultureInstitute.org.
Geology Rocks! Program with Jeri Jones at The Institute

Geology Rocks! Program with Jeri Jones at The Institute

Thursday April 7th, 2022 * 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
In partnership with the Franklin Co. Rock & Mineral Club
Geologist Jeri Jones returns to present another FUN, fascinating look into our shared geological history. 
In partnership with Franklin Co. Rock & Mineral Club.
Geologist Jeri Jones presents a tour of eastern Pennsylvania’s geology.
Topics include rocks, minerals and fossils, the Ice Age, cool locations to visit—plus, learn how everything formed over the past one billion years. 
The geology of eastern Pennsylvania covers a span from about a billion years ago when we were part of a supercontinent named Rodinia.
Over time, the landmass split apart and an ocean known as the Lapetus formed. 
About 350–150 million years ago, the area experienced continental collision, which formed another supercontinent named Pangaea and broke apart into the world we know today. 
Finally, the Ice Age was the latest chapter written in our geologic history, which created extensive weathering and erosion.
Questions are welcome and samples of minerals and fossils will be available.
The program is free but registration is required. Call 717-762-0373 or email to info@natureandcultureinstitute.org
Jeri will lead a carpool-style field trip exploring local geology on April 9—check it out here!
Geology of Eastern Pennsylvania

Geology of Eastern Pennsylvania

Thursday March 25th, 2021 * 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Free. Presented via Zoom.
Hosted by geologist Jeri Jones, with geoscientist Brittany Martin.
This PowerPoint program explores interesting sites that show a particular story of the region’s geology. These sites will be divided into categories such as rock types, fossils, minerals, tectonic forces, and Ice Age. We will conclude with a short geologic history summary for the region.
Participants will receive a custom-made study guide via email.
To register for this free program, send an email to info@NatureAndCultureInstitute.org. You will receive the Zoom meeting link once it has been created.
What a Shaky Program on Pennsylvania Earthquakes

What a Shaky Program on Pennsylvania Earthquakes

Thursday March 18th, 2021 * 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Free. Presented via Zoom.
Hosted by geologist Jeri Jones, with geoscientist Brittany Martin.
Learn about how and where earthquakes occur. Also learn how earthquakes are measured, and where in Pennsylvania they have occurred.
An audience participation segment is included. All participants will receive via email a map that will be used to locate a tremor.
To register for this free program, send an email to info@NatureAndCultureInstitute.org. You will receive the Zoom meeting link once it has been created.
March Geology Series: Rocks and Minerals

March Geology Series: Rocks and Minerals

Thursday March 4th, 2021 * 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Free program, presented online via Zoom.
Hosted by geologist Jeri Jones, with geoscientist Brittany Martin.
The program will show which physical properties to use for identifying minerals, and what to look for when you are trying to identify a rock.
An audience participation segment is included.
All participants will receive mineral and rock identification charts via email prior to the program.
To register for this free program, send an email to info@NatureAndCultureInstitute.org. You will receive the Zoom meeting link once it has been created.