Geology after the Fire

Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018

Time: 9:00AM - 12:00PM

Instructor: Susie Bartz

Location: Parma Park

Parma Park sits high in the foothills where the red rocks and soils of the Sespe Formation lie against the tan sandstone cliffs of Santa Barbara’s mountain front. We will explore several miles of the Park’s trail system, including the Ridge Trail leading to the Park’s highest point. There we’ll enjoy a refreshing vista south toward the ocean, and contemplate the stark contrast facing north, where the mountains were recently burned bare by devastating Thomas Fire. The fire’s westernmost reach burned the upper corner of Parma Park, offering us the opportunity to see how the land has responded to the fire, from the rocks to the soils, and from the chaparral to the fire-following plants that have appeared. The trails are moderately difficult with a number of steep areas and narrow passages, making good balance essential.

NOTE: Participants should be in good physical condition with good balance.

Participants should bring:

  • Sturdy hiking shoes
  • Layered clothing - a jacket
  • Hiking Poles
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Water
  • Snack
  • Binoculars
  • Camera


Image of Susie BartzSusie Bartz ggrew up in rural Pennsylvania playing in the wooded hills and rocky creeks outside her house. After college and graduate school, she married and came to Santa Barbara in 1974. She enjoys hiking and backpacking, and holds a degree in geology from SBCC. In 2009, she helped complete a project publishing the maps of legendary geologist Tom Dibblee, who was her friend and mentor, and in whose memory she dedicates her walks.

As a geology educator, Susie has worked for over 20 years with schools and community organizations to bring an awareness of earth science to the general public in outdoor settings. She lives in Santa Barbara with her husband and assorted cats, and has two married daughters and three darling grandsons.

Botany/Natural History
Travel/Day Trips