FW: Fossils of the Black Belt V - A Hands-On Field Workshop
- ..for some really ancient Alabama history!!--ajwright@...
From: David Kopaska-Merkel [mailto:davidkm@...]
Sent: Tuesday, April 01, 2003 11:05 AM
Cc: CHOM; Geology Department; ALALA-L@...
Collect Fossils * * * Learn about the Earth * * * Make your own Fossil Kits
Fossils of the Black Belt V - A Hands-On Field Workshop
Register Now - Space is Limited!
If you missed our first four workshops, you have another chance to visit
some of Alabama's most famous
fossil collecting localities!
Where: University of West Alabama in Livingston and vicinity.
When: Tuesday, October 21, 2003, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
You will receive: A certificate of participation indicating that you earned
8 contact hours of C.E.U. in-service credit, a field guidebook, the new book
Lost Worlds in Alabama Rocks (a $25 value), a geologic map of Alabama, fact
sheets on Alabama fossils, a selection of fossils from other parts of the
state, and a fossil kit you will make as part of the workshop.
Who Should Attend: In-service and pre-service science teachers who will be
teaching earth science or other science courses with earth-science
Contact: Dr. David C. Kopaska-Merkel, Geological Survey of Alabama, P.O.
Box 869999, Tuscaloosa AL 35486-6999. Phone: (205)
247-3695. FAX: (205) 349-2861. Email: davidkm@.../
Dr. David C. Kopaska-Merkel is head of the Stratigraphy and Coastal Geology
Unit at the Geological Survey of Alabama. He has studied trilobites and
other fossils, and has led workshops and field trips for teachers, children,
and others. Dr. Kopaska-Merkel has written many educational publications.
Dr. Andrew K. Rindsberg has been studying the paleontology of Alabama for
the Geological Survey of Alabama since 1989. Dr. Rindsberg has written
numerous publications on Alabama geology, including field trip guidebooks
and educational publications on fossils, and he is curator of the Survey's
Mr. Richard Thurn taught at the University of West Alabama (formerly
Livingston University) for more than 20 years. Mr. Thurn has taught earth
science and many geology courses, and has run or been involved with numerous
workshops for teachers, children, and the general public.
Name: ___________________________ Position: _________________ School:
Home phone: _____________ School phone: _____________ FAX: _____________
____ Yes, I plan to attend the Hands-On Field Workshop in Paleontology. I
enclose the $10 preregistration fee.
REGISTER SOON. Attendance is limited to 39! Late registrants will be placed
on a waiting list and included if possible. A more detailed schedule,
including map, will be mailed to preregistrants before the workshop.
Return to David Kopaska-Merkel, Geological Survey of Alabama, PO Box 869999,
Tuscaloosa AL 35486-6999. Make checks out to GSA -Educational Fund.
Sign up for a one-day workshop in paleontology (the study of fossils)! The
workshop is geared for elementary school, middle school, and high school
science teachers (both in-service and pre-service), and has four objectives:
· To familiarize participants with the study of fossils and field geology,
so that they will be more comfortable imparting this information to their
· To provide information about well-documented sites that can be visited by
classes, or used to provide material for classes.
· To provide the teachers an opportunity to develop fossil kits, under
supervision by experienced geologists, for classroom use. All objectives
will further the goal of integrating real earth science into the school
curriculum. Workshop participants will be better able to recommend
meaningful science-fair projects in earth science and to assist with them.
· To give participants a copy of, and an introduction to, a major new
resource for teaching about the geology and geologic history of Alabama, the
book "Lost Worlds in Alabama Rocks."
This course will provide material useful for, or training in, ACOSS
Processes and Applications in all grades, the Geology and Earth & Space
Science electives at the high-school level, concepts in the high-school
biology core, and concepts in the life-science strand at all other grade
Children love collecting fossils; field trips are excellent
attention-grabbers and often seem like Easter-egg hunts. Alabama is one of
the best places in the world for fossil collecting. In an area the size of
England, Alabama has well-preserved fossils of almost every age. It is no
exaggeration to say that amateur and professional paleontologists come from
all over the world to collect fossils in Alabama.
The workshop will follow the format of the highly successful field workshops
that were held in 1997 and 1998 in the same area. The workshop will be in
three parts. The first part will be spent at the University of West Alabama
in Livingston, where the principles of field study in earth science will be
introduced. The emphasis will be on the basics: keeping a field notebook,
reading geologic and topographic maps, and proper collection and labeling of
samples. Laws regarding fossil collecting will be discussed. The second part
of the workshop will be spent at two excellent outcrops of fossiliferous
Cretaceous marine strata near Livingston. The outcrops contain diverse
marine fossils, including oysters, other bivalves, snails, bryozoa, worm
tubes, and shark teeth. If very lucky, someone might find bone(s) of ancient
sea turtles or bone(s)/teeth of a large, nasty mosasaur (an extinct marine
reptile). The third part of the workshop will take place at the University
of West Alabama. Participants and project leaders will identify and label
fossils that were collected that morning, developing fossil kits that the
teachers will take back to their schools.
8-9 am: Registration and Orientation (at the University of West
9-12 noon: Field trip to Cretaceous of west Alabama, Sumter County
12-1 pm: Sack Lunch (not provided)
1-4 pm: Curriculum development workshop (at UWA, Livingston, AL)
Successful workshops held in 1997, 1998, 2001, and 2002!
Fossil Field Workshop for Teachers
Geological Survey of Alabama
PO Box 869999
Tuscaloosa AL 35486-6999
David C. Kopaska-Merkel
(205) 247-3695 (direct line/voice mail)
(205) 349-2852 (switchboard)
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