Continuing Education

Glacial Geology of Waukesha County

Course Detail

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The beautiful landscape of Waukesha County owes its origin to the mile-high glaciers that moved out of Canada during the Ice Age and covered most of Wisconsin. As the glaciers began to melt 15,000 years ago, they exposed the hills, valleys, ponds and lakes we now call home. What’s a kettle in the Kettle Moraine? What’s a drumlin on the Glacial Drumlin Trail? What is the difference between a mammoth and a mastodon? Learn how the powerful forces of moving ice and melt water shaped the landscape and animals of this very special corner of the world we call Waukesha County. This course will meet on campus on Thursday night 7:00pm-9:00pm for a slide program. On Saturday it will meet in Lot 2 on campus at 9:00am for carpooling. We will visit several geological sites in the western part of the county including Lapham Peak, the UWM-Waukesha Field Station and the Kettle Moraine State Forest. There will be several short walks.