Dr. Tom Fitz, Northland College professor of geoscience, will present on the fascinating geology of Copper Falls at 3 p.m., Friday, Sept. 20 at Copper Falls State Park. Attendants can learn more about the long and remarkable geologic history of the region, the rocks at the park, and how nature and manmade changes shaped the park’s waterfalls and scenery.
Fitz has extensive knowledge of the rocks and geology of the Penokee Range. With a Ph.D. in geology, Fitz has been studying the rocks of northern Wisconsin for more than 20 years. His passion is reading rocks and sharing their stories. Fitz will begin with an overview at the park pavilion before a 1.7-mile hike on the Doughboys’ Trail to share observations and highlight the main rock features exposed at the park. The hike will showcase some of the most scenic waterfalls at the park with the backdrop of changing fall colors.
The program will be held rain or shine. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and bring a water bottle, bug spray/tick protection, and/or raingear. Children should be accompanied by an adult; sorry, no pets, please. The program is open to the public, but a state park admission sticker is required. This special opportunity is sponsored by the Wisconsin DNR, Northland College, and the Friends of Copper Falls State Park.