Elements of Physical Geography

University of Alaska, Chugiak-Eagle River Campus  

Bodenburg Butte and Moose Creek

Field Trip 

Field Trip Saturday April 12, 2008

Purpose: Take in the sights of Matanuska Valley glaciation and river erosion, and to hunt for fossils along the stream banks of Moose Creek. The 20th annual excursion.

Equipment: Bring along a day pack and clothing to deal with any weather conditions. Running shoes or light hiking boots will do nicely. Also, bring a zip-lock plastic bag. Take a hammer along to crack rocks open as you hunt for fossils.


9:20 AM - 10:30 AM. Meet in the parking lot in front of our classroom building. We will then car pool from there to Bodenburg Butte in the Matanuska Valley, leaving at 9:30 AM.

10:30 AM - 11:20 AM. Hike to the top of Bodenburg Butte. There will be a $5 parking fee for each vehicle. The view of the Knik Glacier and the Chugach Mountains will be spectacular, weather permitting. Visualize the effects of glaciation 10,000 years ago. Sigh in, have your picture taken and then proceed back down to the vehicles.

11:20 AM - 12:00 Noon. Head over to view the bluff erosion along the Matanuska River. A few years ago two homes were swept away by the river. In just two days the river eroded its way 200 feet into the riverbank. From there we will head to Palmer for lunch.

12:00 Noon - 12:30 PM. Half an hour for lunch. Eat at McDonald's or bring a lunch with you from home. You can also head for Carrs or Subway.

12:30 PM - 12:45 PM. Drive to Moose Creek, six miles north of Palmer, and park in the campground parking lot. Walk across the Moose Creek bridge and head up the RIGHT hand side of the creek about 200 yards to where the fossils are located. Bring the hammer and a plastic bag.

12:45 PM - 1:30 PM. Hunt for fossils.

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM. Return to Eagle River


Note: We will be travening in personal vehicles. You are welcome to invite friends and relatives along on the field trip.