600 Million Years of Natural History From Pangaea to the Connecticut River
Experience ancient wonders in a new light as you explore Mount Sugarloaf with a geologist, enjoy expert-led nature walks and view the largest collection of dinosaur tracks in the world.
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Program No. 18828RJ
4 days
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Ancient rock formations in the Connecticut River Valley tell the story of billions of years of continental splitting and colliding. Explore the rich natural history of the 410-mile river stretching from New Hampshire’s Connecticut Lakes to Long Island Sound. Discover armored mud balls and see fossil specimens collected at the Natural History Museum of Amherst College — home to the largest collection of dinosaur tracks in the world — and examine the ecological diversity of the region at the Great Falls Discovery Center.
Activity Level
Walking up to one mile on mostly even terrain, short inclines.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Join local geologist Richard Little for a geologic exploration of Mount Sugarloaf, followed by a picnic lunch.
  • Enjoy a geologist-led boat ride along Connecticut River through magnificent French King Gorge to Barton’s Cove.
  • Identify flowers, trees, birds and insects during an expert-led walk along Channing Blake Foot Path.
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Richard D. Little
Richard Little is the founder and owner of Earth View LLC, a geology education services and products company. A Professor Emeritus at Greenfield Community College, he was inducted into the Massachusetts Science Educator Hall of Fame in May 2004. Richard holds a bachelor’s from Clark University and a master’s from the University of Southern California, and has published numerous papers on the Connecticut River Valley and New England geology.
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