GEOLOGIC EDUCATION THROUGH THE STATE PARKS OF OHIO
Geology students and faculty from KSU will work with staff from the OGS in an effort to better understand the processes that created the park’s landscape and produce educational materials for the public. Writing about a park’s geology is an excellent student exercise. One student team is currently developing a guide to the geology of Nelson-Kennedy Ledges State Park. These students are learning how to research geologic literature; develop field skills such as mapping; and build their observational, descriptive, interpretive, and communication skills.
The final product of the Ohio State Parks Geology Project will be a publication series of brochures on the geology of the state parks. Brochures for each park will follow a flexible template discussing park geology and will be published by the OGS. The publications will describe the general geology of a specific park, explain geological principles based upon outcrops and landscapes, address geological problems and visitors’ questions, and use color illustrations. The series will convey a sense of discovery and allow the visitor to experience the park’s geology. This pilot project teams up KSU and the OGS to generate projects for education both in and outside of the classroom. Brochures will be available in electronic and paper form at State Park visitor centers and the OGS.