SC 209: GEOLOGY OF NATIONAL PARKS: Part 2. Western Mountains, Colorado Plateau. Class presentation(s) available.

Join us for the second of a multi-semester series of classes addressing the geology of the National Parks (NPs), focusing this semester on the remainder of the Western Mountain group, and portions of the Colorado Plateau not previously covered in recent geology classes.

Each National Geographic DVD lecture will provide an account of the human significance of the region, as well as a description of the geological phenomena that are responsible for its interesting features. There will be time for questions and discussion in each class session, led by members of the OLLI STEM Committee.

View Class Presentations:

Friday, March 31: Death Valley and Great Basin NPs (rift zone), and Dakota Badlands area NPs (Roosevelt, Badlands and Rushmore)

Class Presentations:

Badlands Black Hills

National Parks 5 – MARCH 31

Friday, April 7: Colorado Rockies NP (Laramide Orogeny, CO River), and Canadian Rockies and Glacier NPs (Banff, Jasper, Yoho and Kootenay)

Class Presentations:


Mesa Verde present short

Friday, April 14: Colorado Plateau NPs (Petrified Forest and Mesa Verde)

Class Presentations:


Big Bend Rio Grande present

Friday, April 21: Big Bend NP (Rio Grande and Saguaro) and Emerging Topics in Geology

Presenter: Ford Cochran, Geologist and Program Director,

National Geographic Expeditions, via Great Courses DVDs

Class Presentations:

Geologies of National Parks – Glacier and Canadian Rockies

Wonders of the National Parks

Developers/Discussion Leaders:

John Bush and Gary Oberts


Fridays, March 31, and April 7, 14, and 21

10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon


The Irvine Station-Onken

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