Classroom Happenings: Exploring Geology

Last Wednesday, Wasatch’s geology class took a field trip to the nearby Fairview Museum of History and Art. Along with a full art museum and historical portraits and textiles, the museum offers an impressive collection of fossils including their “world famous” complete Columbian mammoth skeleton. This museum provides an enriching experience for our geology students.

Recently, the geology class has been learning different properties of fossils and how to date them. On the trip, they got the chance to see the specimens they have seen in books in real life. They were to focus on the details of the fossils, hopefully determining whether the fossil was a cast or a mold fossil type. Experiential learning is an important part of Wasatch as it helps understanding and retention. This is a great example of how Wasatch’s learning takes place even beyond the classroom.

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