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Now accepting applications for 2019 Field Camp!

Tentative dates: June 26 to July 22, 2019


UPDATE: Student Camp Fees now underwritten

by Woolsey Family Fund for Geology Field Camp


Wichita State University offers Geology Field Camp through GEOL 640 (Field Geology), a four week field-intensive experience in the Bighorn Basin of Wyoming and Montana. We welcome applications from both WSU students and guests from other universities across the country. This capstone course is an outdoor laboratory to test geologic concepts, interpret the rock and fossil record, visualize three dimensional geologic relationships, make and interpret geologic maps by various methods, and evaluate data used to make maps.

The prerequisites for this course are Mineralogy, Petrology, Structural Geology, Sedimentology, Stratigraphy, and a field methods course. Please see links below for more information about our program and application steps.

If you are ready to begin applying to the program, please complete ONLINE APPLICATION FORM by February 1. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact me.

Dr. Will Parcell, Field Camp Director

This program builds competence and self-confidence in working outdoors, working independently, working in groups, drawing inferences and conclusions from evidence, and trusting your own judgment and reasoning.

The following geologic concepts are stressed:
• describing and analyzing sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks
• orienteering with map and compass
• drawing maps and cross-sections
• map interpretation
• topographic mapping techniques
• geologic mapping techniques
• description, interpretation, and correlation of stratigraphic sections
• geomorphic evolution of landforms, and spatial and three-dimensional thinking

The objectives of field camp are to:
• develop descriptive, analytical and interpretive skills in examining and mapping rocks;
• become proficient in spatial, three-dimensional thinking and conceptualizing; and
• become competent, self-reliant, and able to routinely function outdoors in unfamiliar terrain

Please read through the following information about WSU Field Camp.

If you are ready to begin applying to the program, please complete ONLINE APPLICATION FORM by February 1.

You will be notified if you have been accepted to the program by the middle of February. You must submit the required forms and payments by the following due dates. All payments are non-refundable. We must make early reservations and guarantee numbers (and therefore payment) to facilities used by the Field School.

Student Information Online form February 1
Medical Questionnaire Online form February 1
Dietary Information Online form February 1
Letter of Recommendation (guest students) Mail/Email to Camp Director February 1
CAMP FEE PAYMENT 1 (50%) myWSU myFinances March 1
Participation Agreement Form Mail to Camp Director March 1
Emergency Medical Care Form Mail to Camp Director March 1
Enroll in GEOL 640 and Pay Tuition myWSU Registration and myFinances early April
CAMP FEE PAYMENT 2 (remaining 50%) myWSU myFinances May 1
Medical Note Mail to Camp Director May 1

Previous Camps

 2018 2018 Group Photo 

Participating schools:

  • Drexel University (PA)
  • Grand Valley State University (MI)
  • New Mexico State University
  • Texas A&M University (TX)
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Wichita State University

Participating schools:

  • Angelo State University (TX)
  • Clarion University of Pennsylvania
  • Franklin and Marshall College (PA)
  • Kansas State University
  • Midwestern State University (TX)
  • Texas A&M University (TX)
  • Whitman College (WA)
  • Wichita State University
  • Youngstown State University (OH)
  • University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee


Participating schools:
  • California State Univ., East Bay
  • Franklin and Marshall College (PA)
  • Kansas State University
  • Missouri State University
  • Virginia Tech
  • Wichita State University
2015 Participating schools:
  • Kansas State University
  • San Angelo State University (TX)
  • St. Louis University (MO)
  • Wichita State University

Participating schools:

  • Boston College (MA)
  • Kansas State University
  • Virginia Tech
  • Wichita State University

Participating schools:

  • Wichita State Univ.

We would like to thank donations from alumni and friends that have helped offset costs associated with running the program. These savings are directly passed on to our students through reduction of fees. We would particularly like to thank:

  • Woolsey Family Fund for Geology Field Camp
  • Richard Stoneburner Field Camp Fund
  • Thornton Anderson Field Camp Fund

Our ability to study the varied geology of the Bighorn Basin and greater Yellowstone area would not be possible without the permission of landowners and federal agencies. Thanks are extended to:

  • Northwest College, Main Campus
  • A.L. Mickelson Field Station, Northwest College
  • Bureau of Land Management, USDOI
  • Shoshone National Forest, US Forest Service
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Grand Teton National Park