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What Students Should Wear

Teaching students about field gear and attire

One way to teach students about field gear and appropriate attire is to come to class one day decked out in your own field gear with the equipment you carry as a matter of course. You can explain the reasons you chose each article of clothing and empty your daypack one item at a time.

Such a class period could also be used for students to:

  • determine their eye-height
  • determine their pace (lay out a tape measure in a hallway)
  • determine their finger spread
  • lay out their field notebooks
    • student names and contact information on the front
    • the first few pages saved for an index
    • numbered pages
    • notes on pace length, eye height and finger spread
    • any important handouts (describing outcrops, soil texture triangle, etc.) reduced and pasted into the last few pages

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