May 19th, 2014: Learning Along the River, Week 7

This week was all about geology and Earth’s history. We had the pleasure of welcoming Docent and Geology Instructor John McCabe. John brought fossils found in the Salinas River area and encouraged students to examine and be “detectives” because rocks are the clues to Earth’s history. By asking questions and putting some thought into it, students learned that the entire area was once under the ocean! Our next activity included placing certain events on a timeline of Earth’s history to get a better understanding of geologic time. Also, we were hit with a big heat wave this week and decided to take advantage of it by making basic solar ovens at the beginning of class and by the end we had fresh baked cookies to enjoy along the river.