Introduction and Background

In the summer of 2001, science teacher, Marlene Schoeneck participated in the TIMES (Teaching Inquiry-based Minnesota Earth Science) Project, a venture of the Science Museum of Minnesota, and hosted at the University of Minnesota, Morris. The purpose of the course was to infuse more inquiry-based field investigations into earth science. Instructors for this class were Lee Schmitt, director of teacher programs at the Science Museum, and Dr. Peter Whelan, geology professor at the University of Minnesota, Morris.

Peter went on to join Marlene on several day-long field experiences with her 8th grade students. Last fall, Peter proposed a week-long series of investigations through the Badlands and Black Hills of South Dakota, and a partnership in adventure was born.

After lots of planning and support from UMM and the Parkers Prairie community, the journey is about to begin.