Geology Field Camp | SIU

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Geology Field Camp with an open field and large mountains

Field Camp (GEOL 454)

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. With 3 National Parks and 1 National Monument this course has been very popular and our enrollments have tripled in the last 10 years.

We are now accepting applications for 2019 field camp. 

Start & End Dates for Summer 2019: June 16 to July 28, 2019.
Instruction officially begins at the YBRA camp on Monday, June 17, 8:00 a.m.
Instruction officially ends in Billings on Sunday, July 28, 8:00 p.m.
Please book your return flights for Monday, July 29, 2019. *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), students cannot catch 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).


Meet our Instructors for 2019

    Sally Potter-McIntyre                                         James Conder                    

Sally James