The Montana-Yellowstone Geologic Field Guide Database

Facilitating Field-Based Teaching and Learning in Montana and the Yellowstone Region

This site is designed for geoscience faculty and students to discover and locate published field guides and road/traverse logs in Montana and Yellowstone National Park, both for their own research and to aid in integrating field experiences into the geoscience curriculum.   You can

  • search the database of published field guides and road/traverse logs
  • view a list of ‘top 10’ field trips in Montana and Yellowstone
  • and explore pages of student exercises and useful links

From the introduction:

“Field experiences are a central component of the modern geoscience curriculum, and published field guides and road logs are invaluable resources to facilitate the development of teaching and learning in the field. These references are also a primary means by which field-based geologic information is transferred from experienced field researchers to other instructors and the next generation of geoscience students. Despite the importance of published field guides and road logs, most of the publications of this type are part of a ‘gray literature’ that is not widely distributed or even still available.

“The Montana-Yellowstone Geologic Field Guide Database is a pilot project for making the field guide literature more accessible and useful to geoscience educators, students, and researchers. While the database is not an exhaustive listing of every published field guide, nor does it provide direct links to the full text of each reference (except for a few unpublished field guides which are reproduced as pdf files), the database is a fully-searchable listing of 50 of the best references for exploring the geology of this fascinating region.”

The site is one of the modules in the “Integrating Research and Education” project for geoscience education developed by the folks at the Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College.

More:

Thanks to the Scout Report (Vol. 18, No. 11, March 16, 2012) for leading me to the SERC portal!

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