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!
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.
*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.
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 read this checklist to ensure you pack necessary gear and clothing.
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.
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
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. Tracy Gregg, Camp Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate the nature of your question in the subject line.