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Program: Time Traveling Through Highlands Ranch

August 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Travel through Deep Geologic Time across the Highlands Ranch Area

Monday, August 19, 2024
Doors Open at 6:30 pm
Enjoy complimentary refreshments and browse our partner tables before the program.
Program  7:00-8:30 pm
Southridge Recreation Center
4800 McArthur Ranch Road, Highlands Ranch
$5 Donation Suggested at Door for non-HRHS members

Registration coming soon

See landscape changes over the last 500+ million years in this PowerPoint presentation.

Continents came together and split apart several times while traveling from the tropics at sea level to today’s middle latitude and mountain elevations. Each landscape hosted incredibly different and now-extinct plants and animals, leaving behind a rich fossil record, including those in Highlands Ranch.

A short “movie” will show how the plates have changed over the last 4 billion years.

Visit a display table with rocks and fossils. See how Geoscience helps us as a society.  Members of the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists will be available to answer questions.


Dr. Donna Anderson, Affiliate Faculty in Geology, Colorado School of Mines is a semi-retired geologist, working since 1974 in geotechnical engineering in California and later in the oil and gas industry in the western U.S. and internationally. She received a B.A. in Earth Science and Geography at Cal State Fullerton (1974), a M.S. in Geology at UCLA (1980), and a Ph.D. in Geology (sedimentology/stratigraphy) at Mines (1997). Her post-Ph.D. career interwove industry and academia as a consultant and geological advisor in the oil and gas industry, retiring in 2015.

Since 2000, she has been on the faculty in the Mines Dept. of Geology and Geological Engineering as a research professor and Affiliate Faculty. She has taught undergraduate and graduate students in the field, core lab, and classroom and has been on dozens of Mines thesis committees across departments.

Throughout her career Donna has participated in geologic societies, foundations, and local community groups. Having moved toward community outreach, she enjoys peeling back the layers of the geologic landscape for the non-geologist.

Dr. Donna Anderson and co-author Paul Haseman recently published Golden Rocks: The Geology and Mining History of Golden, Colorado, a free eBook in the Arthur Lakes digital repository.  Donna is currently on the Board of Directors at Dinosaur Ridge.




August 19
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Southridge Recreation Center, Upstairs Auditorium
4800 McArthur Ranch Road
Highlands Ranch, CO 80130 United States
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