Geology 100 Field Trip to the Great Falls of the Potomac
at Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, MD
Sunday May 2, 2010 (7:45am to ~ 2pm)

As of 4/23

The vehicles of the field trip are now full:

Instructions for the day of

Rendezvous: 7:45 outside Regents Parking Garage on Regents Dr. (opposite Chemistry Building).

Departure: Coaches roll at 8:00.

Dress: Appropriately for the weather.

Bring: A light day pack containing.

Return: We expect to be back on campus around 2:00.

Sign up Monday April 5 - 3:00 PM Friday, April 23, 2010

Costs: $16.00.

Payment: Students need to bring exact change, or a check made payable to "University of Maryland" to Dorothy Brown.

Dorothy Brown's office: Room 1120, Geology Building

Sign-up hours: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Release Form: Each student must sign the release form to ride in the transportation provided. Release froms available from Dorothy Brown.

Departure: On the day of the field trip, the buses will leave at 8am from in front of the Regents Parking Garage (PG 2) along Regents Drive and will return at approximately 2pm.


Clothing: Students should wear clothes appropriate for the weather (layers). Assume that we will be going rain or shine.

Footwear: You must wear proper closed-toed shoes for climbing over rocks (no flip flops or sandals)

Food: Student should bring their own lunches and drinks. We will have coffee and donuts before the trip

Cameras: Feel free to bring.

Accessibility: The trip involves a hike of roughly three miles. Most of this is over level ground, but there are some rocky stretches and areas where you will absolutely need to use both hands and feet to negotiate rocky ground and climb a slope. If you have a mobility impairment of any kind, you must consult with us before signing up for the field trip so we can investigate possible accommodations.

For a general description of the hike, follow this link. Note that we will be covering roughly 3 miles of the four mile circuit.

Images of Great Falls.

Length of Field trip: The hike takes approximately 4 hours.

Still have questions? Contact head GEOL110 TA Ryan Kerrigan, your GEOL110 TA, or your GEOL100 instructor.