2021 UB Geological Field Training News Update

A job ‘well’ done!

The North Campus has a new feature: three crowdfunded wells. This spring, more than 50 donors, including many geology alumni, gave $10,000 to support the drilling of the wells and other aspects of a geological field methods course. Students usually travel out west each summer to complete the course, known colloquially as “field camp.” But with the pandemic, students stayed local this year. The class provides undergraduates with hands-on experiences critical to geology careers, and the wells will be used in many future hydrogeology courses. Photos: Meredith Forrest Kulwicki

Published June 2, 2021

Experience Real World Geology at our Field Camp

2022 Field Camp Dates: May 25 - June 20, 2022

2022 Students and faculty at field camp Davis Canyon, Utah (Photo credit Brandon Keim).

Students and faculty at Davis Canyon, Utah 2022 Field Camp (Photo credit Brandon Keim)

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 20, 2022). 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 nice discount. This offer extends to all of our UB geology students, faculty, and alumni.

Adventure Awaits!

students and professors from UB at field camp, in Wyoming, Utah and Colorodo

Check out this video of students and faculty at last year's field camp!

November 1, 2021: Apply to Field Camp 2022

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November 1, 2021: Accepting applications for Field Camp 2022. Rates and details will be posted as they become available. Contact us with any questions about applying to Geology Field Camp: 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 academic mission of the course is to keep students safe and healthy while they develop observational and mapping skills in the field.  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 2022: $2,208.00

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 you will submit a nonrefundable deposit of $450.00
  • 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 of $1,758.00 is due March 30, 2022.
Students take notes during field camp.

Tuition & University Student Fees


  • 6 Credit-hours
  • New York State residents tuition:  2022 TBD per credit hour*  (2021 rates: $404.46 per credit hour (+) fees)
  • Out-of-state state students tuition:  2022 TBD per credit hour*  (2021 rates: $1,140.46 per credit hour (+) fees)
  • University student fees are also charged with tuition (see Student Accounts). Please note: This link is to the Summer 2021 tuition and fees.  2022 tuition and fees will be available in Spring 2022.


  • 2 Credit-hours
  • New York State residents tuition:  2022 TBD per credit hour*  (2021 rates: $580.46 per credit hour (+) fees)
  • Out-of-state state students tuition: 2022 TBD per credit hour*  (2021 rates: $1072.46 per credit hour (+) fees)
  • University student fees are also charged with tuition (see Student Accounts).  Please note: This link is to the Summer 2021 tuition and fees. 2022 tuition and fees will be available in Spring 2022.

*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.


We expect students enrolled at UB to have completed the following courses before starting our field camp; students enrolled at other institutions should have completed the equivalent courses.  If you have any questions about the courses offered at your institution, email Dr. James Boyle, at jamesboy@buffalo.edu

  • GLY 205: Earth Materials (mineralogy/petrology)
  • GLY 315: Sedimentary Geology & Paleontology
  • GLY 326: Structural Geology/Global Tectonics    

Travel, Packing and Campsite Information


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.


  • 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.

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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.
Days Start Early - Sunrise at Field Camp.