Björklunden Explores the Escarpment in Newest Seminar

Every summer Björklunden hosts a number of week-long seminars covering a range of topics. Starting Aug. 19 they are bringing in Bob Bultman and Susan Kennedy to teach. Bultman is a geologist, naturalist, and an active member of Forest Recovery Project, Niagara Escarpment Resource Network and Greater Escarpment Organization. Kennedy is an adjunct lecturer at Lawrence University and has traveled the globe working as a heritage and tourism specialist in developing countries for international development agencies. The seminar runs until Aug. 24.

The Niagara Escarpment is a prominent rock ridge that runs the length from New York, through Ontario, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Illinois. It is an important geological feature that runs along the peninsula. The highest point of the Escarpment is in Door County along the western edge and it reaches about 250 feet above Green Bay. This geological feature is important to Door County, and Celebrate Water, because it is a ‘karst’ landscape, which means that is it made of a highly fractured rock system. Karst regions create an environment where groundwater is prone to contamination. Places like Door County rely on groundwater wells and it is recommended that people get their well tested periodically.

The Escarpment influences more than just the water on the peninsula and Bultman and Kennedy will be covering a number of topics. This seminar will explore the evolving concepts of ‘geotourism’ and sustainability and what they really mean, as well as the complexities involved in managing the world’s heritage both locally and globally. The seminar will also take a look at current geotourism projects underway along the Niagara Escarpment in Wisconsin and Door County that aim to preserve the fascinating heritage defined by this 1,000+ mile long geological formation. Class time will include site visits to local geotourism destinations.

For more information on the seminar, the speakers, and registration information visit the Escarpment seminar page.

Read more about the Niagara Escarpment here:

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Wisconsin Hometown Stories: Door County, Niagara Escarpment

Northern Door County’s Niagara Escarpment Video

The Niagara Escarpment: Wisconsin’s eighth natural wonder

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