Experience Real World Geology at our Field Camp

2018 Field Camp Dates: May 23rd - June 23rd

Six Reasons To Choose Geology Field Camp

  1. It's a traveling camp. The projects cover a large section of the central Rocky Mountains and include various rock types with different structural settings. You'll receive a breadth of exposure outside the reach of geology camps limited to fixed field stations.
  2. It's in the Western US. The outcrop exposure is outstanding, inviting you to spend your time thinking about the geometry and spatial distribution of rocks. It's some of the most spectacular geology as well.
  3. It's relatively inexpensive when compared to most other field camps.
  4. It's four weeks long, and right at the beginning of the summer break (you’ll be finished on June 24th). You'll have plenty of time to work (or play) for the rest of the summer!
  5. You will be taught by four different faculty instructors, with more than 38 total years of experience teaching field camps. More instructors means more geological expertise, a wider exposure to subtle differences in geological mapping styles, and lots of good campfire stories.
  6. It includes a BRUNTON sponsorship! Any student that has taken our field camp can purchase a Brunton Compass (Conventional Pocket Transit) for a rock bottom price of $280. That’s a savings of over $200. This offer extends to all of our UB geology students, faculty, and alumni.

How To Apply

Step 1: Download the application

Step 2: Submit form via post or email to:

Field Camp Geology Department
126 Cooke Hall Buffalo, NY 14260

glyadmin@buffalo.edu

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Program Overview

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!

Camp Fees and Tuition

Please Note: Camp fees are due in December and March. Tuition is billed in June.

Field Camp Fee

Camp fee for 2018: TBD*

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.

*Field camp fees are currently under review by our administration, so we currently do not have a precise value for 2018 field camp fees.  However, 2017 field camp fees were $1945, and it is likely that 2018 fees will be similar. We will post the 2018 fees as soon as we know what they are.

  • Upon acceptance you will 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 (TBD) is due March 30th, 2018.

Tuition & University Student Fees

Undergraduate

  • 6 Credit-hours
  • New York State residents tuition:  TBD per credit hour*
  • Out-of-state state students tuition: TBD per credit hour*
  • University student fees are also charged with tuition (see Student Accounts). Please note: This link is to the Summer 2017 tuition and fees.  2018 tuition and fees will be available in Spring 2018.

Graduate

  • 2 Credit-hours
  • New York State residents tuition: TBD per credit hour*
  • Out-of-state state students tuition: TBD per credit hour*
  • University student fees are also charged with tuition (see Student Accounts).  Please note: This link is to the Summer 2017 tuition and fees. 2018 tuition and fees will be available in Spring 2018.

*The University at Buffalo reserves the right to change tuition and fees without notice. Recent costs are available from the UB Office of Student Accounts.

Travel, Packing and Campsite Information

Transportation

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.

Packing Checklist

Please read this checklist to ensure you pack necessary gear and clothing.

Campsites

  • Ridgeway, Colorado: on the San Juan Scenic Byway.
  • Dugout Ranch, Utah: a private ranch surrounded by awesome Wingate Formation mesas.
  • Dinosaur National Park, Utah: near spectacular Split Mountain.
  • Q-Creek Ranch, Central Wyoming:  a private ranch in the middle of nowhere.

Camp Format

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.

Physical and Safety Requirements

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.

Recommended Background

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.

Contact Us

For further information about camp procedures or course requirements, contact Dr. Tracy Gregg, Camp Director, at tgregg@buffalo.edu. Please indicate the nature of your question in the subject line.

Other Regularly Scheduled UB Geology Field Trips

  • In GLY 215/216, Sedimentology / Paleontology / Stratigraphy, students explore a wide variety of modern depositional systems and their ancient counterparts preserved in local rocks along with a diverse and exciting fossil assemblage. Letchworth State Park, shown here, is a regular stop.
  • GLY 305/306, Mineralogy and Petrology, takes students to a beautiful sequence of metamorphosed rocks (with spectacular minerals) in and around Algonquin Provincial Park, Canada.
  • GLY 325/326, Structure / Geophysics / Tectonics takes an annual 3-day trip to look at the rich geologic history of the Appalachian Mountains and surrounding terranes.
  • A variety of upper-level and graduate courses also spend time in the field. For example, GLY 445/545, Glacial Geology, spends numerous lab periods outside looking at Buffalo’s glacial deposits and landforms, and includes a weekend trip to Chimney Bluffs State Park.