Trips and Visits

Below is a gallery of some of the recent field trips our students have enjoyed whilst studying Earth Sciences at the Sixth Form College. Please browse the details and photographs from some recent field trips below.

AS Fieldwork – Felixstowe and Ipswich

All AS Geography students will visit Felixstowe and Ipswich as part of their preparation for the unit two exams. During these two half-day visits, students will evaluate the success of a range of coastal management and urban regeneration schemes.

IB North Norfolk

Three days of residential fieldwork in North Norfolk. This trip will be the principle opportunity for students to collect data for their Geography coursework, which forms an integral part of the IB Geography assessment. Data collection will involve looking at the land use of a small market town, as well as collecting data about plant and soil characteristics across a sand dune ecosystem.

Sri Lanka

The department offers an 11 day trip to find out about the culture and development of Sri Lanka. Visiting Colombo and travelling by train up into the mountains. A visit to Udawalawe National Park which includes a safari, a visit to a local village and work in the elephant transit home. The trip ends on the coast at Mirissa where we will visit the fortified town of Galle and a turtle hatchery.

Arizona, USA

The Arizona trip is an 11 day residential trip where students get the opportunity to experience the vastness of the western United States. We visit Meteor Crater to see the impact of a meteorite and the Petrified Forest where ancient trees have been fossilised. We visit and walk part way down the Grand Canyon where many examples of wildlife can be seen including Condors and Ground squirrels. The tour takes in a walk/drive around the famous Monument Valley National Monument, along with shorter excursions to visit the Glen Canyon Dam and Antelope Canyon where stunning photos can be taken with the help of Navajo guides. We plan to spend a day in Utah looking for and possibly working on dinosaur fossil remains. Another day is spent visiting cultural sites such as Route 66 sampling a traditional diner and Watupki Navajo site as well as a Cameroon trading post. Finally we study the rocks and vegetation developed around Sunset Crater a still active volcano close to Flagstaff.