Campus News

Rock identification tours

Naturalists interested in learning to identify rocks in the Georgia Piedmont can attend free learning sessions at Oconee Forest Park beginning in February.

Dan Williams, a forest resources manager with the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, will lead the sessions through Oconee Forest Park, located off College Station Road next to the Intramural Fields.

Attendees will learn to identify each of the major Piedmont rock types, understand where they occur and how they fit into plate tectonics cycles. The sessions also will include discussions about cover soil types that come from each major rock type and how this ­affects topography and vegetation.

Anyone interested in attending the free sessions should meet at the Oconee Forest Park boardwalk parking lot near the tennis courts at 3 p.m. The sessions will be held every Wednesday through March beginning Feb. 2.