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Geology Interpretation Training Manuals
Robert J. Lillie is Professor Emeritus at Oregon State University (OSU) who specializes in communicating park landscapes and geologic history to the public. His past students at OSU have worked as seasonal ranger-naturalists at national parks, where they delivered evening campfire programs, guided hikes, and other interpretive programs to visitors. As part of their masters program requirements these students wrote and illustrated geology interpretive training manuals to provide to the parks. These manuals can be downloaded and used to help interpreters, tour guides, teachers, and others learn more about the geology of the National Parks.
Geology Training Manuals
Blue Ridge Parkway
The Blue Ridge Parkway Geology Training Manual is an overview of the geology and evolution of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. It is intended for park training of permanent, seasonal, and volunteer workers on plate tectonics around the Grandfather Mountain-Linville Falls Region. 7.69 MB PDF
Gulf Islands National Seashore
This manual is an overview of concepts important to understanding the geology of Gulf Islands National Seashore. It is intended as part of the training of permanent, seasonal, and volunteer workers in Park Service Interpretation. 6.56 MB PDF
Olympic National Park
The Olympic National Park Geology Training Manual has one purpose: after an encounter with a Resource Education Ranger, a visitor can walk away with a basic understanding of the composition and history of development of the Olympic Mountains. 13.70 MB PDF
Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
The Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument Geology Training Manual is an overview of concepts important to understanding the geology of the area. The manual is written primarily for non-geologists, to give them grounding in basic geology concepts; the concepts discussed are those that will help explain Sunset Crater and its environs to park visitors. 4.84 MB PDF
Grand Canyon National Park
The Grand Canyon Geology Training Manual overviews the park's geology, including information that ranges from the introductory level to more advanced concepts. It was written to help interpreters, tour guides, and teachers learn more about the canyon's geology and to help them share the park's geology with others. Learn more...
Redwood National and State Parks
In the Redwood National and State Parks Geology Training Manual is an overview of the balance of forces shaping the parks. Interpreters, teachers, and tour guides are given the tectonic and seismic history, and an understanding of the rocks and structures found in Redwood parks. 4.73 MB PDF
Yosemite National Park
In this geology training manual of Yosemite National Park is an overview of the park's geologic history. This guide will help interpreters, tour guides, and teachers learn about the park's changing climate and glacial history, tectonic history, and the connections between the geology and ecology. 3.52 MB PDF
Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve
This training manual for Craters of the Moon overviews the monument's volcanic history and how it shaped the landscape. It was written to help interpreters, tour guides, and teachers learn more about the monuments geology and to help them share the geology with others. 16.05 MB PDF
- Bob Lillie Natural and Cultural Interpretation
- National Park Service Education Portal
- GeoCorps America™
Last Updated: January 03, 2017