Geology will the subject of traprock quarry tour

July 8, 2016

Flanders Nature Center will lead a tour of O&G's Traprock Quarry, 236 Roxbury Road, Route 67 in Southbury for a field trip highlighting some fascinating geological facts and views of ancient volcanic rocks and minerals. The event will take place July 20.

O&G Industries will open the quarry to Flanders' participants for a special geology field trip led by Thomas Fleming, professor of geology and the chairman of the Earth Science Department at Southern Connecticut State University.

Fleming's published work includes research on volcanic rocks from Northeastern U.S. and Antarctica that are associated with the breakup of the former super continents of Pangea and Gondwanaland.

An informative slide lecture will be followed by a field trip to identify ancient volcanic rocks and minerals. There will also be an opportunity to take home rock specimens from minerals that have been harvested. This event is appropriate for all ages, participants should meet at the Quarry at 5:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required for this program.

The program fee is $10 for members; $15 for nonmembers. Those interested may register online at or call 203-263-3711, ext. 10, for information.