Summer 2020 Virtual Field Camps

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many field camps have opted to move to online instruction in summer 2020. Unfortunately, many other camps have needed to either postpone or cancel their programs this season. In an effort to help students displaced by unexpected postponements or cancellations connect with online summer 2020 offerings, we invite field camps with space for additional enrollments to share their program's information. This page will be updated regularly with additional programs and information.

Field camp leaders/directors with openings, please add your information to this form, ideally by May 15:

Programs (Last updated: May 17, 2020)

Field Camps, Summer 2020.csv
Name of schoolPrimary program contact namePrimary program contact's e-mail addressAlternate program contact nameAlternate program contact's e-mail addressWhat is the name of the course?How many credits is the course?What is the course's start date?What is the course's end date?What, if any, is the deadline to register?Course website (if available) or link to registration, application or enrollment form.TuitionCourse feesAnything else students need to know about this course?
Indiana UniversityAmanda McKinneyIUGFS@iu.eduJim Handschyjwhandsc@iu.eduX428 - Field Geology in the Northern Rocky Mountains5 credits or 6 credits with a 1-week subdiscipline concentration6/28/20208/8/20206/15/2020$535/credit-hour non-residents; $299/credit-hour Indiana residentsnoneWebsite has information about the curriculum and FAQs. A choice of four sub-discipline concentrations is available for the 6-credit option.
Stephen F. Austin State UniversityMindy Faulknermgshaw@sfasu.eduLaRell Nielsonrnielson@sfasu.eduSpatial Geology/Field Geology3/3 = 6 total5/26/20206/26/20206/1/2020 additional course fees for Summer 2020.We have space for 10-12 students. This will be a "low-tech" version using Google Earth images, faculty pictures from the field, and pictures of hand samples and thin sections. Some of our students do not have reliable access to internet, so we are trying to make sure we can provide access for everyone. The courses will be delivered via SFA's online platform, Brightspace by D2L. We have offered a version of this course over the past few summers for students who could not travel. Please contact me if you have questions. Mindy Faulkner
University of HoustonAlexander Robinsonacrobins@uh.eduJinny Sissonvbsisson@uh.eduUniversity of Houston - YBRA field camp3 or 67/6/20208/7/2020$1095 for three credits TX residents,noneThere will be 2 professors and 4 TAs to lead a remote learning field camp.
University of IdahoLeslie Bakerlbaker@uidaho.eduTerry Evanstevans@uidaho.eduGEOL 290 Field Geology Methods / GEOL 490 Geology Field Camp3 for each course above, 6 total5/18/20207/10/2020$2,490$585GEOL 290 runs May 18-Jun 12, GEOL 490 runs Jun 15-Jul 10 Primary contact for GEOL 290: Jerry Fairley, Primary contact for GEOL 490: Erika Rader, Registration should stay open until the course begins (or fills) but students will need to allow time for processing their enrollment forms. Tuition and fees given are total for both courses.
University of MichiganChris Malvicacampdavis@umich.eduNathan Nieminaniemi@umich.eduEarth 496: Field Methods in Earth and Environmental Sciences57/6/20208/21/20206/29/2020 for in-state versus out-of-state.$150.00We welcome out-of-state students. University of Michigan has more than 100 years experience teaching field geology, and our team of fourteen faculty is prepared to meet the challenge of remote field instruction this summer.
University of MinnesotaScott C. Alexanderalexa017@umn.eduGene-Hua Cystal Nggcng@umn.eduHydrogeology Field Camp4 undergraduate / 2 graduate7/13/20208/2/20207/1/2020$2,020$100We have been working the last several years to create a more accessible field camp. Many of these efforts are translating well to the on-line environment. Enrollment is capped at 30 students, at present we have 16 students lined up.
University of IllinoisMichael Stewartstewart1@illinois.eduWasatch-Uinta Field Camp66/15/20207/24/20206/1/2020$2,900~$300One of the longest running capstone programs in North America, the Wasatch-Uinta field camp is a multi-institutional consortium primarily serving several Midwestern Universities, but we have a long history of accepting students from all over. Our faculty are from a range of universities and geoscience sub-disciplines. You'll be joining a very diverse group of students in summer 2020 - we already have outside enrollments from CA, NH, MI, and NC! Out-of-consortium students enroll through Univ of Minnesota at Duluth and pay in-state tuition (~$2,900). Course fees are still being calculated, but will likely be around $300. Please visit the "Enrollment & Fees" page on our website for more information and feel free to contact Dr. Michael Stewart ( with any questions.
Southern Utah UniversityGrant Shimergrantshimer@suu.eduJason Kaiserjasonkaiser@suu.eduField Geology65/18/20206/19/20205/11/2020're working on lowering the fees since there are no vehicle rentals or campground fees to cover, though a proportion of the fees are necessary pay for supplemental staff to create and grade online exercises.
University of OklahomaRebecca Fayrfay@ou.eduShannon Dulinsdulin@ou.eduGEOL 4136 Field Camp65/19/20206/25/20205/18/2020 for in-state Oklahoma students, 5900 for out of state. We are waiving the course fees this year. The class will be a mix of synchronous and ashynchronous instruction Monday-Friday, with some weekend time for finishing projects. We will primarily be using Google Earth and other online mapping tools for mapping, stratigraphic, and structural geologic problems.
University of Nevada, RenoAndrew Zuzaazuza@unr.eduGEOL 451: Summer Field Camp65/20/20206/19/2020 total course costs are $3,000 for 6 unit course. Applications can be obtained by contacting Director.
University of New MexicoBenjamin Burnettburnettben@unm.eduEPS 319L Introduction to field Geology45/18/20206/5/20205/9/2020$1,362.48$0This course will rely heavily on ArcGIS. Students enrolling should have some familiarity with the software and will need a reliable internet connection. The course will run all day with only 2 days off in the 3 weeks.
Georgia State UniversityPaulo Hidalgophidalgo@gsu.eduBasirat Lawalblawal@gsu.edu2 Courses Offered: Basic and Advanced Field Geology4 each course6/8/20207/20/20206/1/2020 Tuition for one course (4 credits) is $1632, for two courses (8 credits) $3260. These are in state tuition rates. We can apply for in state tuition waiver if you are an out-of-state student.
University of Arkansas at Little RockLaura Ruhllsruhl@ualr.eduMichael DeAngelismtdeangelis@ualr.eduField Geology II37/6/20208/7/20207/5/2020 $1036 for 3 credit hours; Out of state: $2,236 for 3 credit hours; both include tuition and university feesNo additional course fees for Summer 2020Using knowledge and skills you have learned in previous courses, you will work on projects that cover a range of geology topics, including: map and aerial photo interpretation, cross-section construction, stereonet construction, geologic mapping techniques, scientific writing, outcrop description, hydrogeologic mapping, contaminant dispersal, metamorphic rocks, and GIS software. We have 5 virtual projects planned that ranged from the Ouachita Mountains in Central Arkansas to the San Juan Mountains in Southwest Colorado to the Mississippi River Valley Alluvial Aquifer and others. Please contact Laura Ruhl at for more information and the application process.
East Carolina UniversityDavid Farrisfarrisd19@ecu.eduLauren morrisonMORRISONL14@ECU.EDUSummer Field Course in Geology (GEOL-4000)65/18/20206/22/20205/19/2020 $998.52 / Out of state $4297.86$36 resident / $334 non-residentHow the online version of the ECU field course will work is that it will be a combination of project and virtual field trip based. For example in an individual project (e.g. White Mesa/San Ysidro) you would get a geologic tour of the area based on field photos, videos, VR photospheres and remote sensing data and an introduction to the various geologic units. Then you will receive structural and lithology data, and from that you would have to build a map, draft a cross-section and write a geologic report/paper. Obviously, getting the field data provided to you is not the same as collecting it yourself, but you would get a similar experience integrating geologic data and coming up with an interpretation. The map building will be done using a combination of GIS software (GRASS GIS) and adobe Illustrator, which you will be instructed you how to use. There will be 3 geologic mapping exercises, a stratigraphy project and geophysical project that follow the same basic format. There will also be several virtual field trips to introduce you to the broader geology of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. Link to non-virtual field camp (disregard dates and fees on this):
California State University, SacramentoBrian Hausbackhausback@csus.eduAdvanced Geologic Mapping65/21/20206/25/2020 of CSU system, students enroll via College of Continuing Education$3000 for CSU studentsPrerequisites include Field Methods, Structure, Petrology
College of CharlestonJohn Chadwickchadwickj@cofc.eduKristen Whitewhitekl@cofc.eduField Studies: Geology27/7/20208/5/20207/7/2020 $100 science feeA flier about the course can be found here: Online application form for visiting students:
College of CharlestonScott Personspersonss@cofc.eduKristen Whitewhitekl@cofc.eduField Studies: Paleontology27/7/20208/5/20207/7/2020 $100 science feeA flier about the course can be found here: Online application form for visiting students:
University of OklahomaRebecca Fayrfay@ou.eduShannon Dulinsdulin@ou.eduField Geology65/19/20206/26/20205/18/2020 course will be a blend of live instruction and working on your own. We will be mapping using Google Earth, exploring the northern and southern Rockies and focusing on the Canon City, Colorado field area.
University of Northern ColoradoSharon Bywater-Reyessharon.bywaterreyes@unco.eduTimothy Grovertimothy.grover@unco.eduESCI 491 / 591 Geoscience Field Issues Using High-Resolution Topography to Understand Earth Surface Processes36/30/20207/25/20207/1/2020 course will spend June 30 - July 13 with online readings and discussions (~1 hr/day) about topographic data collection methods and protocols as well as the scientific applications of each. The workshop-style full-time (~8 hrs/day) component of the course will give students hands-on training July 14-25. The objective of the course is to train students in manual and remote sensing methods of topographic data collection, including 1) GPS/GNSS surveys, 2) structure from motion (SfM), and 3) ground-based (terrestrial laser scanning, TLS) and airborne LiDAR.
SUNY CortlandGayle Gleasongayle.gleason@cortland.eduGLY 429 Special topics: Virtual Field Geology35/20/20206/24/20205/20/2020 state: $990.00, out of state: $2228.000Contact Dr. Gleason for registration info. Students will be conducting 135 hours of on-line work spread out over the dates listed.

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