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Field Camp Fee
Camp fee for 2017: $1945
The camp fee covers the cost of food while camping, transportation at camp, and all camp operating expenses for your four-week excursion which includes the motels used during travel between map sites. Upon acceptance to apply, you will be asked to submit a nonrefundable deposit of $450. This non refundable deposit will reserve your position in the program and is accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. We can only take a maximum of 39 students. The non-refundable balance of your camp fee ($1495) is due March 30th, 2017.
In addition to the camp fee, tuition for the course will be billed to you by the University at Buffalo Office of Student Accounts sometime during the summer.
Tuition & University Student Fees
The University at Buffalo Geology Field Program is open to upper division geology and environmental science students enrolled at any college or university. Over the past 54 years, this program has taught more than 2,100 students! Last year, 39 students from 12 different academic institutions joined the group.
The purpose of the course is to develop observational and mapping skills. In order to create an interesting and diverse experience, students visit four distinct physiographic and geologic locations: San Juan Mountains, Colorado; Canyonlands, Utah; Dinosaur National Monument, Utah; and Medicine Bow, Wyoming. For the first nine days, the curriculum of the camp focuses on mapping crystalline rocks, followed by 23 days studying folded and faulted sedimentary rocks.
The camp maintains a concept of a rustic, mobile, outdoor program: students and staff live in tents while at mapping sites, and staff prepare food at the campsite. We encourage students to be ready for any and all weather variations, as well as a great time outdoors learning principles of geologic mapping!
Students are responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from Denver, including the full cost of these arrangements. All of the transportation within the field camp is covered through the camp fee.
Please see this checklist to ensure you pack necessary gear and clothing.
The course is an intensive month-long program of immersion in the methods of geological field mapping. Students camp during the majority of this time. During most days, participants are in the field from 8a.m. to 4p.m. and remain engaged in strenuous physical activity.
Students and staff camp in tents while at map sites. Each campsite has toilets. On travel days, students are able to use shower facilities in motels. The camp doesn’t provide showers but students may bring their own solar shower. Good hygiene is important and most students get by using cleansing wipes until a shower is available.
We do not expect students to have prior experience in geological mapping. However, because we map rocks, especially sedimentary strata, it is very helpful if students have mastered the basic principles of mineralogy, petrology, sedimentology, and stratigraphy before coming to field camp. Several of the field sites include structural features such as faults and folds, and several of the mapping exercises include making geological cross sections from the geological maps. Prior to attending camp, we encourage interested students to complete a course in structural geology and carefully review concepts related to defining geological structures by use of strike and dip.
For further information about camp procedures or course requirements, contact Dr. Marcus Bursik, Camp Director, at email@example.com. Please indicate the nature of your question in the subject line.