Glacial Interpretive Driving Tour
Friday, June 9, 12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday, June 11, 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Maximum Jeep Participants: 120
The Glacial Interpretive Driving Tour features three interesting geological formations in western Butler County. During the last Ice Age, glaciers estimated at over 1-mile thick covered this area. Participants will drive on paved, scenic back roads to three different stops where they will be met by State Park Staff from Moraine/McConnells Mill and Jennings Environmental Education Center. Interpretive staff will offer a short hike and explain how each feature was formed and its impact on the landscape. The activities are geared for all ages, and Jeeps will not be driving off-road at all so there are no special requirements.
Please refer to the Rules and Waivers page for any general or activity specific rules.
Below are Bios of your Glacial Interpretive Driving Tour experts:
Natalie Simon is an Environmental Education Specialist at Moraine Park Complex, which includes McConnells Mill and Moraine State Parks. She has a biology degree from Grove City College and an education degree from SRU. She and her husband Bill raised five children on a farm near Mercer and have three grandsons.
Gary Fleeger is currently the chief of the Stratigraphic Studies Section with the Pennsylvania Geological Survey, and is mapping the bedrock surface beneath the glacial deposits of northwestern PA. He received his B.S. in geology from Bucknell University, and a M.S. in geology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Gary has also worked for the PA DEP, the Bureau of Oil and Gas Management, the Colorado Dept. of Health, and the Illinois State Geological Survey.
Wil Taylor is the center manager at Jennings Environmental Education Center. Jennings features the only protected and managed prairie in PA. Previously he was the center’s Environmental Education Specialist Supervisor, a position he held for 10 years, and prior to that, he was an Environmental Education Specialist. Wil graduated from Slippery Rock University with a B.S. in Park and Recreation, Resource Management. He was first employed by state parks in 1994 as an EIT at Moraine State Park.
Special thanks to our sponsor, the Butler Eagle, and the Center for Community Resources for helping us coordinate this ride.