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About the NH Geology Website Project

This site was developed by Daniel E. Reidy, the 2003-2004 Christa McAuliffe Sabbatical Fellow and a sixth grade teacher from Moultonborough Central School in Moultonborough, NH.

The goal of the Christa McAuliffe Sabbatical Fellowship is for the applicant teachers to identify an educational problem in New Hampshire and develop a project that addresses that problem. The problem that was identified and addressed by this website stems from the fact that there are no requirements to take science content courses in order for teachers to get their K-8 certifications in New Hampshire. Yet at the same time students and teachers are held accountable for certain science content and skills through statewide assessments. Though those statewide assessments are currently in hiatus, the "No Child Left Behind" legislation has mandated science testing at elementary and middle school levels starting in 2007. This project attempts to bridge a small part of that discrepancy by addressing a segment of the science curriculum - in particular Earth Science - as it applies specifically to the Granite State's geology and landforms.

The project involved many partners, both individual and institutional whose strong and generous support has made this site possible:

Diane Hanley, geologist and educator

Susan Adams, Knowledge Network, New Hampshire Public Television, Durham, NH

David Wunsch Ph.D., Former New Hampshire State Geologist and Director of the New Hampshire Geological Survey

Lee Wilder, Public Outreach Coordinator, New Hampshire Geological Survey and adjunct professor at Colby-Sawyer College, New London, NH

Warren Tomkiewicz Ph.D., Professor of Earth Science, Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH

Mark Turski Ph.D., Professor of Earth Science, Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH

Dave Chase, Former Executive Director, The Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, Holderness, NH (2003-04)

Christopher R. Scotese, Ph.D. and his Paleomap Project

It is the hope and intent of this site to make the fascinating and rich geological history of New Hampshire easy to access and understand for the students and teachers of New Hampshire (and beyond) by using plain language and including photos of sites around the state to illustrate the processes that have molded and sculpted our beautiful and unique landscape.

Though the project originated as a one year sabbatical effort, the author and the above mentioned partners are endeavoring to keep the site current and relevant into the foreseeable future. Please feel free to contact Dan Reidy at with any suggestions for improving or adding to the website. Teachers, you are also encouraged to share your successful lesson plans, activities and field trips via this site.


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Lee Wilder
Education Outreach Coordinator

Warren Tomkiewicz, Ph.D.
Professor of Earth System Science and Science Education
Kelly Clark
CEO, Asst. Gen. Mgr., Dir. of Ed. Services

Mark Turski, Ph. D.
Professor of Earth System Science and Science Education

Susan Adams
K-12 Coordinator