Diggin’ It! Two Great Days because Geology Rocks!

Diggin’ It, Geology Rocks! is a two-day weekend at Blackwater Falls State Park about West Virginia’s amazing geology.
Two visiting geologists, Claudette Simard and Ken Ashton, join us in “digging into” the facts of the geology of the Mountain State.

During Diggin’ It weekend, attendees will dig into how West Virginia became the mountain state, identify the state’s common minerals and rocks and investigate how rocks and formations weather. Geologist Claudette Simard shares the story of West Virginia’s geology with a focus on Blackwater Falls/Canaan Valley area through a hands-on workshop. The afternoon begins indoors with a short afternoon field trip for a close-up look at clues to the area in the rocks and fossils. This program begins at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, August 21.

Simard, an adjunct faculty member at Fairmont State University for 26 years, teaches Geology and Earth Science courses. She especially loves the field component of teaching where everyone searches for clues of the area’s geologic history and applies the information to how it affects our lives.

Friday’s fun continues into the evening with West Virginia Geologic and Economic Survey presenting “The Mountain State” at 7:30 p.m. in Blackwater Falls Lodge. This program includes examples of rocks and an introduction to what lies beneath the surface in an informal yet interesting presentation. Geologist Ken Ashton is the guest geologist and a Geology Rocks! interpretive mentor.

Saturday, August 22, 2020, begins early! It’s A Great Day for a Field Trip to Dolly Sods! departs at 9:00 a.m. with geologist, Claudette Simard. Limited to 15 participants, travel to Dolly Sods through the slope of Canaan Mountain to the Pottsville Ridge on the flank of Blackwater anticline, identifying Mauch Chunk and Greenbrier formations and then to the Allegheny Front formations of Dolly Sods.

Don’t want to spend all day in the Sods? Geologist Ken Ashton of the West Virginia Geologic and Economic Survey will lead a program “Rockin’ It on the Trail of Geology” beginning at 10:00 a.m. and departing from Blackwater Falls Lodge. This walk/hike rambles deeper into the rocks, terrain, and perhaps fossils, that make Blackwater Falls State Park unique.

Diggin’ It Because Geology Rocks! activities and programs are free to attend. The exception is the Dolly Sods Field Trip which is fee-based and provides transportation. Please email Park Naturalist at [email protected] for more details and pricing to preregister for the Saturday field trip to Dolly Sods.

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Event Details

  • Start Date: August 21 - 22, 2020
  • End Date: August 22, 2020

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