January 14, 2023
Winter Geology Walk NewsGeologist Becky Nesel led a winter geology walk at the Dover Stone Church Preserve.

A band of hearty guests gathered at the Dover Stone Church Preserve on a cold and windy Saturday to explore the fascinating geology of the Stone Church itself, as well as the eons-long geological processes that had created and carved the landscape. Geologist Becky Nesel started things off with a quick presentation on the formation of rocks, a geologic timeline of the area from the Taconic Orogeny 500 million years ago, up through the retreat of the Laurentide ice sheet 11,000 years ago, to our present day, and a guide to index minerals. Then - a quick walk to the Stone Church where guests marveled at this natural wonder and investigated surrounding rocks for garnets. The walk ended with a study of the glacial erratics left behind by the retreating ice at the end of the last Ice Age.

A big thank you to Becky Nesel for leading this exciting walk. Becky volunteers her time to lead our geology walks, and she does so with great enthusiasm and an expansive breadth of knowledge. Keep an eye on our events page for more walks and presentations. If you have expertise in a particular area and are interested in leading walks or presentations, please reach out to our Outreach coordinator, Brian Straniti at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

And if you're interested in learning more about Dutchess geology, we've included materials from Becky's presentation in our resource library, and you can also check out Becky's website.