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Geologist to speak at park

HOLYOKE - Richard D. Little, Professor of Geology at Greenfield Community College, will speak at the Holyoke Heritage State Park Visitor's Center on April 10 at 7 p.m. His illustrated lecture entitled "Fantastic Landscapes' Connections" relates scenic North American landscapes to the geologic history of the Connecticut Valley Region. The program presents pictures and stories drawn from the author's twenty-five years of leading groups to see "fantastic landscapes" in Hawaii, Alaska, Canadian Rockies and the Western US. The seven-lecture series is sponsored by the Valley Environmental Education Collaborative.

Little taught geology and oceanography at GCC full time for thirty-four years before semi-retiring in 2004. He has published articles, written books and produced videos in the geoscience field, has taught many additional courses, workshops and presentations at other institutions, and runs his own geology tour business.

He has a B.A. from Clark University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California. He is past President of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers, past Chairman of the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District, and Vice President and past president of the Pioneer Valley Institute. He was inducted into the Massachusetts Science Educator Hall of Fame in May of 2004.