12th Grade Summer Academy

The 12th grade Summer Academy completes the GeoFORCE adventure.  Students have learned about the basic principles of geology, and are ready to apply them in a more complex environment.

The final trip takes the students to the Appalachian Mountains.  We fly into Pittsburgh and make our way to Washington, DC.  Along the way, students pass through 5 geologic provinces in four states.  They will see metamorphic rocks for the first time, and the intense folding and faulting in the Valley and Ridge and Blue Ridge provinces, a coal mine, and Chesapeake Bay.  The trip traverses the Appalachian Mountains from West to East.  Students visit Moraine State Park in Pennsylvania, Round Top Hill in Maryland, Harpers Ferry in West Virginia, Great Falls National Park in Virginia, and many other places along the way.  It culminates in Washington, DC with a visit to the US Geological Survey, and a day at the national monuments and museums.  The 12th grade Summer Academy completes a geologic education that has taken the students across the country to spectacular sites, through increasingly more complex geology.

ATTN High School Juniors: there is a great scholarship program that you have to apply for in your Junior year — go to GeoFORCE Grads section of our website, and click on the College link — Look for Questbridge.


  • “I have seen sights that have taken my breath away completely, met people who can make me laugh until my stomach hurts, and learned about amazing wonders of this country.”