June Excursions

Every June we invite our membership to join us in our annual Excursion. This is an entirely social event and allows us to get to know each other to build those lasting relationships that allow for better collaboration. We normally make arrangements for special access and tour guides. These trips can be anywhere in the state and so may involve overnight stays some years. As we plan the 2017 trip, we will add details and registration here.

2017 June Excursion

Utah Academy 2016 Spring Excursion; Saturday, June 3, 2017
Dinosaur National Monument and the Dominguez-Escalante Expedition

The Utah Academy of Science, Arts, & Letters would like to invite you to the 2017 Utah Academy of Science, Arts & Letters Spring Excursion this June.  Dan Chure, the paleontologist at Dinosaur National Monument, will meet with us to talk about the fossil record at Dinosaur.  This link is to a video interview of Dan from the ’80’s: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vm9dzU59ONw. Dan will be retiring in June and admitted that he might not be there on the 3rd but would make sure that one of his staff is available to meet with us.  Ranee Faatz, a professor of geology from Snow College will also accompany us and act as a guide for the geology of Dinosaur.

Additionally, we will be able to discuss the the Dominguez-Escalante Expedition.  The expedition’s crossing of the Green River occurred within view on the Dinosaur visitor center and there is a marker just outside the gate.  If you would enjoy doing some reading, a nice translation of Escalante’s journal is available that will give you real appreciation for what they their expedition accomplished and insight into their personalities and motives.  Here is the link to the book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Dominguez-Escalante-Journal-Expedition-Colorado/dp/0874804485/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1493687113&sr=8-1&keywords=Dominguez+escalante+journal.
We will get an itinerary out to you in the coming days but anticipate meeting at the Quarry Visitor Center parking area at about 9:30 AM on Saturday, June 3.  There are multiple hotels for a range of prices available in Vernal for those that would like to drive in on Friday and stay overnight.  Here is a link to an Expedia hotel search:  https://www.expedia.com/Hotel-Search?rfrr=TG.LP.SrchWzd.Hotel&storedCheckinField=&lang=1033&storedCheckoutField=#destination=Vernal+%28and+vicinity%29%2C+Utah%2C+United+States+of+America&startDate=06%2F02%2F2017&endDate=06%2F03%2F2017&adults=2.
Please feel free to invite friends, family, and colleagues for an enjoyable and educational excursion to Dinosaur National Monument.

Please RSVP to Laine Berghout, Weber State University, hlberghout@weber.edu.

Past trips include:

The Mormon Trail

Mountain Meadows Massacre Site

American West Heritage Center

Pipe Springs National Monument

Spiral Getty and Antelope Island