The 10th grade Summer Academy is the second year of the Academy program. Students have their freshman year of high school under their belt and we are ready to open their eyes to the geology of the Southwest region of the United States.
We land in Las Vegas, Nevada and head to Utah, crossing into Arizona briefly on the way, so that the students will have traveled in four states in a few hours. Students will encounter some of the most spectacular scenery of the United States and learn about the rocks and the processes that created them over millions of years. We will visit Zion National Historic Park, Glen Canyon Dam, and the Grand Canyon. We also stop at Meteor Crater, Wupatki Ruins, and Sunset Crater. The students get the opportunity to take a gentle raft ride down the Colorado River and take an awesome hike down into the Grand Canyon on the South Kaibab Trail. The trip builds on the Florida experience by introducing a wider variety of sedimentary rocks, older rocks, and discussions of deep geologic time. A few young volcanoes foreshadow next summer’s adventure.