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Landscapes Beyond Belief: Geologic Treasures of our National Parks

August 22, 2007
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Sweet House
254 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

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Organized by:
Jennifer Beahan
Phone: 616-698-2342 x801
Email: jbeahan@centerforinquiry.org


For 135 years, National Parks have protected America’s most amazing landscapes for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of current and future generations. But beyond the memories of family vacations and the tales of earlier pioneers, these special places also contain the memory of the planet and the story of life on earth — unless, of course, one believes the earth was created in six days, 6,000 year ago. Advances in biology and geology show us that, preserved within the rocks displayed so beautifully in our National Parks, there is the memory of a planet and the memory of life on earth, so every year over 100 million park visitors come to see that “there is grandeur in this view of life, ‰Û_from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.” Do our parks contain evidence for Creationism or are they really some of the best science classrooms on the planet? Come join the ranger for Geology: 101 — national park style — and decide for yourself.

Meetings are open to the Public

After the meeting, join us at Vitale’s Restaurant, 834 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI to socialize. View Map

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About Lauren Becker

Field Organizer, Center For Inquiry

Lauren Becker is a field organizer for the Center for Inquiry. After completing a degree in Geography, with coursework focusing on cultural landscapes, global perspectives, and the physical sciences of ecology, astronomy, forestry, and geology, Lauren went to work in a variety of fields: volunteering in the Canadian arctic, teaching night sky constellations in the Badlands of South Dakota, and guiding hikes in Crater Lake National Park. When not playing with rocks, she could be found pushing science in public museums and planetariums, pushing drugs in retail pharmacies, and pushing educational children’s programming for public television. Known for her commentaries on Point of Inquiry, the radio show and pod cast of CFI, she is an experienced environmental activist and advocate for science literacy and education.