El Paso Community College Geo-Ventures club offers geology teachings that are open to the public and explore all around El Paso.
The events range from hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing and even spending a night in a cave.
The Geo-Ventures of El Paso look to show students and the community what surrounds them everyday.
EPCC Geology Instructor, UTEP Geology Alumni and Adventure Guide, Rob Rohrbaugh, started this program back in 2013 and is keeping it going for as long as he can.
Rohrbaugh received his masters at UTEP and has used his love of geology to create a program that takes students away from just looking at rocks in a classroom.
“If you think about a car, yeah you can sit in a class room and learn about driving but if you never sit and drive a car you’re not really capable of driving a car,” said Rohrbaugh.
Students explore different sites including Mckelligon Canyon, Mt. Cristo Rey, and Carlsbad Caverns.
Looking to change popular opinion of geology being nothing but rocks, Rohrbaugh shows how “geology is the foundation of everyday life”.
"El Paso has some of the best geology in the world," he said, “With the program everyone can see just exactly how geology can control our water.”
Students who take part in the activities, Rohrbaugh assures "points towards the Tejano Passport program when participating on hikes."
I’m not trying to make everyone a geologist,” he explains, “I call this a gateway program to trigger interest in key geologic factors.”
The club has its meetings throughout the semester at the various trails, mountains, and caves located in or around the greater El Paso area.
The hikes do take place at an intermediate level and should not be feared.
The next Geo-Ventures will be exploring Mckelligon Canyon April 13 at 4pm.
Rob can be contacted with questions about this event and others at (925) 395-7693, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and by following the club on Facebook at Geo-Ventures El Paso.
Rohrbaugh shares "[my future] hope for this program is to get funded and visit areas outside of El Paso"
Expanding beyond El Paso regions and inspire other colleges to adopt us.”
The best way to know about the earth is to get out and see the earth, a main point stressed by Rohrbaugh, “Hearing someone else’s experience will not do you justice, this is something someone has to feel for themself.”