Geology Hike


Geology Hike

The Quechee Gorge serves as the outdoor classroom for an investigation into our geologic past. Join VINS Educators to examine the evidence of our changing earth. Uncover the story of how glaciers, rivers, humans, and more have shaped the local landscape and examine rocks to unearth clues that tell an intriguing story.

This lesson is limited to a minimum of 10 students and a maximum of 25 students at a time. We recommend an arrival time of 9:00 AM as the lessons includes a 90-minute round trip hike down moderately steep and uneven terrain. Not recommended for Daisies, Lions, or Tigers.

Schedule a conference with a VINS Educator (typically via phone or Zoom) to personalize your lesson, target specific learning goals, and meet the needs of your group. This could involve reviewing specific merit badge requirements, requesting certain animal biofacts, informing of necessary accomodations, putting a face to a name before the visit, etc.

  • All - Trail Adventure/Trail Hiker
  • Brownies - Wonders of Water
  • Ambassadors - Water
  • Tigers - Tigers in the Wild
  • Wolves - Paws on the Path
  • Bears - Fur, Feathers, Ferns
  • Webelos - Earth Rocks!, Into the Wild
  • Boy Scouts - Exploration, Geology (Earth History Option), Soil and Water Conservation

Your field trip includes a 60 minute guided program including an introduction to the topic, an outdoor activity, an in-depth investigation and a chance for students to reflect upon what they learned. In addition to your guided lesson you will have the opportunity to experience a live bird presentation, visit our trails and exhibits, and enjoy lunch on our grounds.

All VINS educators have extensive experience in environmental education, the natural sciences and science instruction. As certified teachers in NH and VT, the instructors align their content and methods with the Next Generation Science Standards as well as BSA and GSGWM guidelines. All instructors utilize best practices for outdoor education and are First Aid and CPR certified.

Enhancing Classroom Curriculum with On-Site, Place-Based Education

Explore the natural world with hands-on lessons aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards.