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Fall 2015 Field Conference of the Far West Section

National Association of Geoscience Teachers

Sediments, Oil, and Fossils in the Southern San Joaquin Valley

October 16-18, 2015


Hosted by California State University, Bakersfield

Department of Geological Sciences

Dirk Baron, Rob Negrini, and Jan Gillespie, CSU Bakersfield

Tim Elam, Buena Vista Museum of Natural History

Gregg Wilkerson, Bureau of Land Management


Last-Minute Updates (10/16/2015) (New!)


1) On-site registration: We decided to not do a separate registration Friday evening before the conference. Pick-up of guidebook, receipts and other materials will be Saturday morning between 7:00 and 7:30 am at the Buena Vista Museum of Natural History and Science, 2018 Chester Ave, in downtown Bakersfield (map). Park either on Chester Ave. or in the back of the museum (off K St). Overviews of the field trips will begin at 7:30 am. Saturday field trips should be back at the museum around 5 pm for the reception and then the dinner banquet and evening speaker, Anne Draucker, Chevron, and past president San Joaquin Geological Society.


2) We will have coffee and refreshments at the registration and water and ice chests on the field trips. However, you are responsible for your own lunches. Make sure to get your lunch before you go on the field trip. The Sharktooth Hill trip will go directly from the museum to the site without an opportunity to stop. You will have to provide your own transportation on the field trips and we encourage car pooling.


3) Below are links to three documents for participants on the Sharktooth Hill dig/field trip. They are some general information on what to expect and bring and two liability waivers (one for the museum and one for the landowner). Please review and fill in the forms for Saturday morning.

Sharktooth Hill General Information

Liability Release STH

Liability Release BV Museum


4) Sunday: Because of very low interest, we canceled the California Well Sample Repository tour and the Wind Wolves Preserve trip.


5) Sunday: Meeting for the two Sunday activities, East Side San Joaquin Valley field trip and Dual-credit high school geology classes workshop is at the CA Well Sample Repository on the CSUB campus at 8 am on Sunday. Campus map. Coffee and refreshments will be provided at the repository.


6) Weather forecast for the weekend is for reasonably pleasant conditions, sunny and highs in the mid-80s.


Safe travels. Check road conditions before you leave because of recent road closures. We are looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday and Sunday.


Announcement (updated September 28, 2015)

Information above superseded anything in the announcement.


Look for updates early October and right before the conference.


Contact: Dirk Baron



Last updated: October 16, 2015