The Stretch Starts

The program provides a unique opportunity for Dartmouth undergraduates to gain experience in traditional and emerging field techniques in the Earth Sciences.

Every year during fall term, students and faculty head west to spend about nine weeks mapping geologic structures, exploring unique landscapes, and examining fragile ecosystems. The program, called the Stretch, is run by the Department of Earth Sciences, and for more than 50 years it has given students a chance to put what they’ve learned in classrooms into practice.

Over the course of the fall term in 2017, the group traveled north to the Canadian Rockies and then south through the American West to a number of national parks and other sites of interest, ranging from Montana to California. The photos in this gallery were all taken by students who took part in the 2017 Stretch.

View a photo gallery of the Fall 2017 Stretch program