Virtual Fieldtrip to Baraboo, WI, with StraboSpot

Basil Tikoff, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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This activity is a virtual field trip to the Baraboo area of southern Wisconsin. The StraboSpot digital data system is used to show the data, including the spot functionality to view outcrops at multiple spatial scales. The trip starts has four stops in the south by Devils Lake and three stops in the north by Van Hise rock. The pdf that allows students to answer questions is in the teaching materials.

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This course is for geology major undergraduates, but can be used at any level. It is probably best at the sophomore-junior level.

Skills and concepts that students must have mastered

The students must be able to recognize bedding, folds, and fabrics. The material is developed so that fabrics (foliation, boudinage) could be learned during this activity.

How the activity is situated in the course

This is a stand alone exercise that will take place for a weekend fieldtrip.

Activity Length

Probably ~3 hours.


Content/concepts goals for this activity

Difference of bedding and foliation, use of orthogonal outcrop faces, recognition of contacts, construction of schematic cross sections

Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity

synthesis of data from multiple data points into a model, determining geological history

Other skills goals for this activity

Description and Teaching Materials

There is a pdf (with fields for answers) and a word document to guide the undergraduate geology students. The students need a web browser that can access the StraboSpot data and search functionality (no account is needed). The students complete the assignment on the pdf. The students need to complete a schematic cross section, which can be done on paper or electronically.
BarabooVirtualExperiencePdf (Acrobat (PDF) 770kB May18 20)
BarabooVirtualExperienceWord (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 3.2MB May18 20)

Technology Needs

A web browser and a protractor.

Teaching Notes and Tips

The biggest issue is likely simply the use of the StraboSpot digital database and the use of images.
This module uses images (photos) nearly exclusively, so it is best to just keep the "Image" tab open.


This activity can be graded in a manner similar to most fieldtrip guides. The cross section provides the conceptual connection between all the stops.

References and Resources

(Look for Baraboo Virtual Experience - April 2020; in southern Wisconsin)

This activity is also available on the Teaching site of StraboSpot

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