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Kathy Naylor, Pawnee ISD science teacher, goes on ultimate field trip
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Kathy Naylor, Pawnee ISD science teacher, enjoys the view after hiking to the head of the Slumgullion Landslide near Lake City, Colo.
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Ever hear of the ultimate field trip? This summer, Kathy Naylor, science teacher at Pawnee ISD, was one of 30 teachers chosen from more than 300 applicants across the state to attend Texas A&M G-Camp.

Campers reported to College Station on July 11 to attend lectures by professors from the College of Geosciences.

From there the teachers ventured on a two- week tour of significant geological sites across Texas, New Mexico and Colorado.

The purpose of G-Camp is to provide Texas science teachers with the opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of geology that cannot be obtained by merely studying textbooks or viewing videos.

Teachers collected rock, sand and mineral samples that they will utilize to provide vibrant lessons for their students. The group will also be creating online virtual field trips and podcasts that will be available for all teachers to use.

In Texas, the campers toured Canyon Lake Gorge which was opened during the flood of 2002. Marine fossils and dinosaur tracks were exposed as layers of limestone representing millions of years of deposition were eroded in a matter of days. Their Texas tour included a hike up Enchanted Rock near Llano, a granite dome that was once a magma chamber underground.

In New Mexico, campers hiked through Carlsbad Caverns, White Sands Monument, Valley of Fires Lava Flow, Bandelier National Monument, and Capulin Volcano.

The teachers received expert information on the geologic history of each location from the Texas A&M professors who organized the trip.

The Colorado Rocky Mountains brought a welcome respite from the summer heat.

Campers were based in Lake City and Ouray. Some of the most memorable geologic sites included Great Sand Dunes National Monument where teachers practiced stream gauging on the Medano River, and the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park where the canyon walls are composed of PreCambrian rock that is over a billion years old.

A trip inside the Old One Hundred Gold Mine near Silverton was quite an adventure as the tour guide demonstrated the harsh conditions miners endured.

The highlight of G-Camp was a day-long jeep trip up through California Pass between Ouray and Silverton where alpine flowers bloom and patches of snow remain all year.
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