Field Trip #1
Dr. Lisa White
(Dept. of Geosciences)
Introduction. On Tuesday, Sept. 13, as part of your investigations for Real-World Problem #1, "Living on the Edge", we will visit Sutro Heights, one of four sites hypothetically under consideration for a new Creative Arts Charter School building. The park perches on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean just north of Ocean Beach, about 6 road miles (a 12-15 minute drive) northwest of SFSU.
Looking east toward downtown San Francisco.
The Cliff House, the Great Highway, and Ocean Beach are in the foreground. Sutro
Heights, topped by Sutro Heights Park, rises above the Cliff House (lower left).
The dense strip of forested land on the right is Golden Gate Park. Balboa Ave.
intersects the Great Highway just south of Sutro Heights (center foreground).
Before the Field Trip. Fill out, sign, and turn in a Student Field Trip Registration form (provided in class Thursday, Sept. 8). You cannot legally take part in the field trip without completing and turning in this form.
Field Trip Logistics. In class on Thursday, Sept. 8, we will organize transportation to the site. We hope that one person in your permanent group will have a car and be willing to drive your group to the site and back.
On Tuesday, Sept. 13, we will meet in the classroom at 2:10 pm as usual. After 40-45 minutes of regular class there, we will scatter to our respective cars for the trip to Sutro Heights Park (see directions below). If any group lacks transportation, one of the instructors might be able to take as many as one group. If your group can't arrange its own transportation, you should accompany Dr. Dempsey to the north entrance to Thornton Hall, ready for a quick departure. (Dr. White will be joining us separately.) Be sure to tell us in advance!
At Sutro Heights Park we will meet along 48th Ave. on the eastern edge of the park, a short distance east (up the hill) from the famous Cliff House. (See the red star on the second, more detailed street map below.) You should arrange to arrive at this meeting place no later than 3:30 p.m. (If you arrive a little late, look for the class in the northwestern corner of the park.)
After perhaps 30-40 minutes in Sutro Heights Park, we will return to our cars and drive back down the hill past the Cliff House and to the first parking lot at northern end of Ocean Beach, where we will regroup for the second stage of the field trip, on Ocean Beach and along the sidewalk leading up to the Cliff House at the base of Sutro Heights.
You should be able to get back to SFSU by 5:00 p.m.
Directions from SFSU to Sutro Heights Park. [see accompanying street/highway maps]:
Above and below: Street maps of western/northwestern San Francisco. (Red star: Sutro Heights Park.)
Detailed street map of northwestern San Francisco.
( Red star: Point Lobos Ave. and 48th Ave., the northeastern corner of Sutro Heights Park.)
United States Geological Survey (USGS) topographic map, Point Bonita, CA quadrangle, 1954 (revised 1978).
USGS topographic map: close-up of Sutro Heights area.