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Kutztown Geology Club Mission

Geology Club students at Centralia Coal
          Mine fire

The Kutztown University Geology Club's mission is to bring together students with a common interest in the science of Earth processes by organizing experiential learning activities such as hikes, field trips, and picnics.  We also seek to promote Earth sciences with pre-college young people and contribute positively to the greater community through philanthropic service.

Building community

Kutztown University Geology Club students hiking at
            Wissahickon GorgeThe Kutztown University Geology Club builds community among students by hosting on-campus activities (Geology-themed Movie Nights, Geology Craft Nights, and Yoga Nights), and with local outings (day hikes in local state parks, climbing at a nearby gym).

Some community-building activities also promote professional development.  The Kutztown University Geology Club hosts visiting speakers from industry and academia who describe their work and lives as professional geologists, professors, and graduate students.  The Geology Club also helps host an annual workshop exploring issues experienced by women in the sciences.

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community-building activities are philanthropic in nature.  The Geology Club hosts the annual Geology Night for Kids! program in which kids from the local community are provided a fun, educational evening exploring geology activities.  Geology Night for Kids! also goes on the road to provide this experience for children in nearby towns.  The Geology Club helps young people involved in scouting earn their achievement badges for geology and nature.

Professional enrichment

Kutztown University Geology Club - hiking in Washington
            rain forestIn addition to the speaker series and workshops, the Kutztown University Geology Club promotes professional enrichment through group travel to professional conferences (e.g., Geological Society of America [GSA] meetings, Pennsylvania Council of Professional Geologists [PCPG] annual meeting), and "big trips" to geologically important places beyond the Appalachian geologic environment in which we live. 
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            Puerto Rico 2015The Geology Club has traveled in the past to Hawaii, Costa Rica, Peru, Arizona, Nova Scotia Canada, Yellowstone National Park, West Virginia [caving and white-water rafting], Puerto Rico (2015 left), and Washington (2016 right).

Giving to others

Philanthropy is an important value for the Kutztown University Geology Club.  In addition to our educational outreach programs for children in the community, we do a lot of volunteer clean-up work in the region to make everyone's experience in the environment more enjoyable and safer.

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      activitiesKutztown University Geology Club members have also volunteered at regional Geological Society of America meetings, combining philanthropy with professional development.