Supporting Excellent Science Teaching for Georgia

2022 GSTA Conference Field Trips

More details and pre-registration coming soon! 

Field trip tickets will also be available at the GSTA Store inside the exhibit hall. Stay tuned for more!

All trips will depart from the main entrance to the conference center. 

Check in at the Field Trip station across from the pre-registration area.

Destination  Schedule  Cost Description
Piano Key Spillway Tour

Friday, 9:00 - 12 pm



Tour and hear from the design firm that coordinated the development of the Piano Key Weir Spillway at Lake Peachtree. Find out more about the engineering marvel designed to protect the city from flooding, here.

Investigating the Woodbury-Manchester Impact Structure

Friday, 1:00 - 6:30 pm. Participants will drive about 45 minutes from the conference center.

There is an option to continue exploration on Saturday.


Join Planetary Geologist, Scott Harris of Fernbank Science Center on a journey to several sites of impact crater from a meteorite that struck from the Chesapeake Bay area to sites in Georgia around 35 million years ago. Participants will travel to several sites in their own cars.

Among all the phenomena in the natural world, none evoke such simultaneous awe and fear as colliding worlds. The impacts of some asteroids and comets with our planet have produced dramatic consequences on regional and global scales. Using analyses of the impact cratering record on the Moon, Terada et al. (Nature Comm., 2020) demonstrated that the Earth-Moon system likely experienced a shower of large asteroid or comets approximately 800 million years ago. The impacts formed at least eight large craters on the Moon including the 93-kilometer-wide Copernicus crater, which you can view near the center of the lunar disk at full moon. Many more collisions should have occurred with Earth at the time, and those authors predict that at least two very large impact structures, more than 100 kilometers in diameter, might be found in 800-million-year-old crust. On this trip we will investigate the evidence that the eroded remains of one of those structures is preserved in west-central Georgia. Find more details about the trip here.



  • All field trips must have a minimum of 10 participants or will be cancelled - in this case a full refund will be issued.
  • No refunds can be given unless GSTA cancels the trip.

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