Glacial Geology of Northern Vermont

RGV BioU Mark

Instructors: Stephen Wright
May 23 - 24 | $295
Course size: 12 students


his class uses multiple field sites to demonstrate how we understand key aspects of northern Vermont’s glacial geologic history. In particular, we will observe a variety of landforms and sediments created by glaciers and focus on the different geologic processes that were active when the landforms and sediments formed. We will then use our understanding of how these landforms and sediments formed to interpret the changing environments existing in northern Vermont during the last 25,000 years.

Course Goal

  • To learn how field observations of sediments and landforms are used to interpret the glacial geology of the region.

Course Objectives

  • To recognize the different types of sediments and landforms formed in glacial environments
  • To understand the processes taking place as those sediments and landforms are created
  • To interpret the changing environments existing in northern Vermont from peak glaciation to ice sheet retreat

About the Instructor(s)

Stephen Wright is a Senior Lecturer in the Geology Department at the University of Vermont. His current research utilizes extensive field work to further our understanding of the glacial history of northern Vermont. This work includes understanding the dynamics of ice flow and water flow within the big ice sheet that once covered Vermont and the histories of the many glacial lakes dammed by that ice sheet. During the summer months he frequently maps for the Vermont Geological Survey.


Coffee, tea, and light breakfast fare included with course fee. Picnic lunches (Saturday and Sunday) and a catered, buffet-style dinner (Saturday) are also included. Participants may opt out of meals and provide their own food instead. Those declining the included meals will be reimbursed for a portion of the course registration fee.

Required Materials and Recommended Reading

Course Readings


Course begins 9 AM on May 23rd at North Branch Nature Center. Saturday dinner is at 6 pm. An optional evening session follows dinner.
Course begins on Sunday at a time of the instructor's choosing.
Course concludes by 5 PM on May 24th.

Academic Credit / Professional Development

This course qualifies for 1 graduate-level science credit for an additional $150 course fee. All BioU courses are accredited by Castleton University. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that home institutions will accept the credit. Participants pursuing academic credit will be required to complete an additional assignment above and beyond the course hours, including literature review, reflective writing, or a field-based project.

This course qualifies for 20 hours of professional development hours and continuing education units. Certificates of completion are provided at the conclusion of the course.

Cancellation Policy

While we realize that unexpected circumstances arise that are out of our control, North Branch Nature Center cannot guarantee refunds for registrations cancelled within 30 days of the course.  If a cancellation occurs within this window, NBNC will attempt to fill the space from our wait list and provide a full refund.


North Branch Nature Center

713 Elm Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05602
(802) 229-6206
[email protected]

Office Open Monday-Friday from 9 am to 4 pm
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