Field Trips that we take!
Students need to see in the "real world" the things that they learn about in class. This both reinforces and clarifies their understanding of such features. For the geologic field trips care has been taken not only to correctly explain the geology but also to arrange the stops in an order that makes it easy for students to relate geology at any one stop to the other stops along the route. For example, on the Mineral Wells field trip we visit stops in order of their relative geologic age, i.e., oldest to younges
Please note for the geologic field trips it is especially useful to bring along a good highway map but also the appropriate geologic atlas of Texas (which can be obtained from the state Bureau of Economic Geology).
Field Trips with a Environmental Focus
Visit Lake Ft. Phantom Hil, a reservoir in the Brazos River System and the city of Abilene NE Water Treatment Plant that treats water from the lake. Click here for more information(pdf)
Visit Lake Ivie, a man-maked lake that is part of the colorado River System and the City of Abilene Southside Water Treatment Plant that reates water from this lake. Note well: the water treatment process at this plant is very different than the NE Water Treatment plant because of the different character of the water Click here for more information (pdf)
Visit to the Abilene Wastewater Treatment Plant . Click here for more information (pdf)
Trip to the Browning Ferris Industries Sanitary Landfill. Click here for more information
Visit to two cave systems in the "hill country" of Texas. These will help us understand certain groundwater systems - includes Longhorn Caverns plus one other underground site.
Field Trips with a Geological Focus
Field Trip to the Permian and Creaceous Rocks of the Callahan Divide area south of Abilene. Click here for more information (pdf)
Field trip to see the Permain, Cambrain and Precambrian rocks along a route from Abilene to south of Llano, Texas. Click here for more information (pdf)
All day trip to see Pennyslvanian age rocks in North Central Texas. Click here for more information (pdf)
Three-day trip to se Tertiary, Cretaceous and Paleozoic rocks in the Big Bend area of Texas. Click here for more information (pdf)
Meterology Field Trips
Trip to a TV Studio