Thursday, August 9, 2012

Time is running out! Register now for the Fall Meeting of the Far Western Section of the NAGT at Sonora Pass!

Time is running out! Register now for the conference (links for registration forms below). We won't be able to take on-site registration at Baker Station. Let us know if you have any questions.

Far Western Section
Fall 2012 NAGT Meeting
Hosted by Modesto Junior College, California
At the High Sierra Institute at Baker Station near Sonora Pass, California
September 7-9, 2012
What is the High Sierra Institute?
The High Sierra Institute ( is located at Baker Station on Highway 108 near Sonora Pass in the Sierra Nevada north of Yosemite National Park. It is located in the center of some of the most fascinating geological features in California. From our base at the institute, we will be able to explore the record of volcanism in the High Sierra and the valleys to the east (including Mono Lake and the ghost town of Bodie), and the glaciation of the range from both sides of the Sierra Crest. We will have access to plutonic and metamorphic rocks of the highest part of the Sierra near Tioga Pass, and the fascinating rocks of the Western Sierra Metamorphic Belt near Sonora and Columbia. This is a great opportunity for local earth science teachers to learn some interesting geology in their home region. Membership is not required to participate, but you will have an opportunity to join NAGT if you wish, and to purchase field guides and resources published by the Far Western Section.

Not your normal Far Western Section Conference!

The High Sierra Institute is in a remote corner of California, and few motels and eating establishments are available in the area. Cell phones don’t work, and internet access isn’t available either. We will primarily be camping, hiking and eating outdoors (there is limited dormitory space at the station itself). This is alpine country, so it may be cool at night, but probably warm during the day. Our meetings and talks will take place under the trees and stars.

We hope to see you there!

Please contact Noah Hughes hughesn at or Garry Hayes hayesg at with any questions about the fall 2012 NAGT Meeting.

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