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Formation of the Grand Canyon

Summer youth camp program


This camp will introduce middle and high school students to thinking about sea level and landscape changes in deep time, through the context of Grand Canyon history. It will incorporate synchronous and asynchronous video, exploration through virtual field trips and other online resources, written reflections, exercises, and a final project. Learning about the Grand Canyon through an online NAU program will take advantage of our unique geographic location and potentially pique student interest in continued formal study at NAU.

After attending the Grand Canyon Camp students will be able to:

  • Describe the two billion-year geologic history revealed in Grand Canyon rocks
  • Explain why the Grand Canyon formed and is still forming
  • Use an understanding of local climate, soil, and water resources to explain how the Canyon has supported human societies for thousands of years


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July 27-31, 2020

This course is a hybrid course blending live instruction as well as independent learning materials. Live discussions will take place on the following dates and times:

Monday-Friday: 10am-10:30am

Additional live discussions will be scheduled with small groups following registration.

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This non-credit camp is being offered at a discounted tuition rate of $89.

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Kelsey Winsor

Kelsey Winsor earned her doctorate in geoscience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she focused on connections between the Greenland ice sheet, ocean temperatures, and climates of the past. Her postdoctoral research at the University of Massachusetts Lowell then took her south to Antarctica to examine the resilience of glaciers in warming climates. For the past three years, she has worked at NAU as a Lecturer in introductory geoscience courses and taught over 2000 undergraduate students. She has several years of experience with students aged 6 to 17 working in science summer camps and volunteering at Boys & Girls Clubs.

Kelsey has worked in coastal areas throughout North America, from Belize to Massachusetts to Greenland. She lives in Flagstaff, AZ, with her spouse, Scott, and two adorable cats. She is passionate about geoscience education, improving equity in higher education, learning languages, and gardening.

For questions about the content of this course, please contact Kelsey Winsor.

For all other questions, please contact NAU Online by phone or email.