Geology Field Camp | SIU

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College of Agriculture, Life and Physical Sciences

Geology Field Camp with an open field and large mountains

Field Camp (GEOL 454)


Barring COVID issues spilling over in summer 2021, we intend to hold our regularly scheduled summer field course. 

Any student that was accepted in 2020 will be automatically accepted this year with an email stating interest. 


Start & End Dates for Summer 2021: June 13 to July 25, 2020.
Instruction officially begins at the YBRA camp on Monday, June 14, 8:00 a.m.
Instruction officially ends in Billings on Sunday, July 25, 8:00 p.m.
Please book your return flights for Monday, July 26, 2020. *see information below

*The last day of field camp (Sunday 09:00-10:30 AM), begins with a structural geology project in the Sun River Canyon near Augusta. Then we travel towards Billings airport (≈5 hrs + gas/lunch/rest stops = 7 hrs). Typically, we arrive in Billings around 05:30 PM. Because of this arrival in the later part of the afternoon and the possibility of delays on the road (construction, mechanical incidents), chances are high of missing flights out of Billings airport on Sunday afternoon or Sunday night. The whole field camp group spends the last night (Sunday) in a motel near the airport in Billings. Students are required to plan on traveling (driving or flying) on Monday (NOT SUNDAY).

Sally Potter-McIntyre and James Conder

Geology Field Camp in Montana and Wyoming

During this 6-week field course (6 credit hours) you will learn about geological field methods, safety in the field, geological mapping. This course covers a wide range of topics including sedimentary geology, stratigraphy, paleontology, geomorphology, structural geology, tectonics, igneous and metamorphic petrology, glacial geology and economic geology. The first 3 weeks are spent near Red Lodge, MT, one of the cutest small towns in Montana. The last 3 weeks are spent exploring Yellowstone N.P., Grand Teton N.P., Craters of the Moon N.M.,and Glacier N.P. 


Meet our Field Camp Instructors

   Sally Potter-McIntyre                    James Conder                      Liliana Lefticariu 

Sally James Liliana Lefticariu