Whiskeytown Rocks - Free!

by  Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

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Whiskeytown National Recreation Area has unique geologic formations that have been described as "a mess" by our own geologist. Shasta Bally, our tallest mountain, is made of decomposing granite that creates a special set of hazards, especially when combined with the devastating effects of the 2018 Carr fire. Come investigate what sets our local geology apart, the hazards it has created, and why we should study the landscape around us. 

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30 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family

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Maximum participants:

There is no maximum

Primary Disciplines

Problem Solving, Sciences

Program Delivery Mode

Microsoft Teams

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Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

Whiskeytown, CA
United States

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is a 42,000 acre site located in Northern California, 10 miles from Redding. We have diverse ecosystems ranging from oak scrubland to dense coniferous forests. Our elevation ranges from about 600 feet (200 meters) and climbs to over 6000 feet (2000 meters). This all creates an incredible location for a huge range in plants and wildlife and recreation opportunities. Whiskeytown's virtual programs serve the National Park Service mission by helping others enjoy these lands and by teaching about the unique ecosystems, geology and history. Join us in real time with a ranger to learn about Whiskeytown!

Please contact us if you have any questions about program topics or making programs accessible for all participants.

At this time our virtual programs are on rather limited due to limited staffing and moving into our summer visitation season. We look forward to hosting regular virtual programs again in September!

Tyler Compton

Program Details


1. Whiskeytown Rocks begins with a brief introduction to Whiskeytown National Recreation Area and the presenting ranger.
2. We then discuss the main rock formations of Whiskeytown.
3. Next we cover the historical importance of our local geology.
4. After that we discuss weathering and erosion.
5. Finally we explore the importance of identifying geologic hazards.
6 Remaining time will be used answer any participant questions.


In this program participants will:
- define weathering and erosion
- view changes in landscape over time
- create personal concepts about the importance of science and geology

Standards Alignment

National Standards

ESS1C 3-5 -- The history of planet Earth
ESS2A 3-5 -- Earth materials and systems
ESS2A 6-8 -- Earth materials and systems
ESS2C 3-5 -- The roles of water in Earth's surface processes
ESS2D 6-8 -- Weather and climate
ESS3A 3-5 -- Natural resources
ESS3B 3-5 -- Natural hazards
ESS3B 6-8 -- Natural hazards
ESS3C 3-5 -- Human impacts on Earth systems5-ESS2-1. Geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere interactions
4-ESS1-1. Changes in landscape over time
4-ESS2-1 observations of weathering and erosion
MS-ESS2-2. Geoscience processes and varying time and spatial scales
MS-ESS2-1. Cycle of materials and flow of energy