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Underwater Forests & Cascade Lava Flows

Date: 12:00am PDT September 21 - September 23 Location: Templeton Campus Center

Templeton Campus Center

Trip sign-up begins: Tuesday, August 29 at 9:00am

Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, September 18 at 4:45pm


Interested in the plants, trees, and geology of the volcanic Cascade Mountains?  Join us on a trip to one of the youngest lava flows in Oregon, where the molten lava dammed a stream and created a crystal-clear lake, drowning a forest in the process.  The forest is still visible beneath the waters of the lake- preserved in the cold water.  We’ll stay in rustic cabins on the shore of Clear Lake, visit waterfalls, the giant spring that gives rise of the McKenzie River, and hike through the forest. You’ll learn about the fascinating geology that formed the Cascades,  identify many of the organisms you see on the way, pick up some insights as to how the Native Americans and settlers used these plants, trees, and animals, and marvel at how active the Cascade volcanoes still are!