Otsquago Creek: Geology in Action

Witness the results of thousands of years of geologic processes in action on this walk at the Robert Woodruff Learning Center at Owen D. Young Central School in Van Hornesville. Rain falls and seeps into rocks, dissolving them. The water finds its way to the surface and forms the Otsquaga Creek. As it flows it shapes the land, leaving tufa deposits and carving waterfalls, terraces and caves. The result is a spectacular landscape that is still changing today.

This walk is led by Dr. Les Hasbargen, who teaches geology and geomorphology at SUNY Oneonta. Van Hornesville is one of his favorite places to bring students on field trips.

The Robert B. Woodruff Outdoor Learning Center is located in the village of Van Hornesville on New York State Route 80. Access to the facility is via the driveway at the north side of the Owen D. Young Central School. Turn into the driveway, head down the hill and bear to the left; it is a short distance to the parking area and entrance by the bridge.

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