Frequently Asked Questions - Field Camp

Location Information

Where is Field Camp located?

  • Field camp is located in the Bighorn Basin of northern Wyoming and southern Montana. We are based out of Northwest College in Powell, WY and Mickelson Field Station. The trip will also include travel through Yellowstone and Teton National Parks.

What is the Camp Address?

  • 231 West 6th Street, Powell, Wyoming, 82435

What is the Camp phone number?

  • 800.560.4692

What kind of weather can I expect?

  • The weather in Wyoming is quite variable. The weather may be very hot
    and dry or cool and rainy. It is not uncommon for it to even snow in June. Therefore, you will pack for many weather possibilities.

Academic Information

How will I be graded?

  • Your grades will be based on both work completed during camp and after your return from the field. See Grading Policies for more information.

What textbook is required?

  • Compton, Robert, 2016, Geology in the Field, Kindle Edition, Earthspun Books, 412p. (also available in 1985 Wiley edition used hardcover, but no longer in print)

What is the schedule of a typical day?

  • 6:30 - 7:30 am: Breakfast at Northwest College or field station
  • 8:00 am: Leave for field work. Drive to field sites vary between 20 minutes and 1 hour.
  • ~9:00am - 4:00pm: Field work with sack lunch in the field
  • 5:00 - 6:00pm: Dinner at Northwest College or field station
  • 7:00 - 8:00pm: evening class. Review days work, continue projects, introduce next days field exercise
  • 8:00pm - onwards: time off

Travel Concerns

How do I get to camp?

  • Transportation is provided to and from Wichita, KS and for all exercises in the Bighorn Basin and the national parks.

Do I have to use the provided transportation?

  • During camp, students must use provided transportation for travel (24-7). Unless directed, there is no personal vehicle use during camp.
  • Students may also transport themselves to and from camp (flight, car, etc). Students not using department transportation are responsible for all travel-related costs to and from camp. The field course officially begins at the Northwest College in Powell, WY. See schedule for first day of camp.
  • If flying, students may arrange travel to the camp via Yellowstone Regional Airport (COD) in Cody, WY and departure from camp from Jackson Hole, WY airport (JAC). Please note that because of the camp schedule, you will not be flying in and out of the same airport. Please coordinate your travels to and from camp with the field camp director.

Who will be driving university vehicles?

  • Only course instructors and GTAs

How much luggage can I bring?

  • Students should bring 1 backpack, 1 duffel bag, 1 sleeping bag and mat. No external frame rigid packs. A complete list of required and recommended gear can be found HERE.

Preparing for Camp

What type of gear should I bring?

  • A complete list of required and recommended gear can be found HERE.

Do cell phones work at camp?

  • Depending on service provider, cell phones seem to have decent reception in Powell. Remote field sites do not have reliable cell reception.

How much spending money should I bring?

  • The amount of money you bring depends on your spending habits. Generally students can get by with about $300.

Should I be concerned about being "in shape" for field camp?

  • Yes! Camp is both physically and emotionally demanding. See Health Information below. You will be required to submit a doctors note indicating cardiovascular health.

Camp Life

What are accommodations like?

  • Accommodations are single-sex rooms. Dorm rooms at Northwest College are double occupancy. Cabins at Mickelson Field Station are single-sex cabins (up to approx. six persons to a cabin). You are required to use the lodging facilities that are arranged for field camp.
  • Two-person tents are provided during camping.

Can I request a cabin mate?

  • You may request a room-mate for the dorms, although no guarantees can be made. Only single-sex dorm rooms.

What types of food are offered each day?

  • Northwest College and field station will provide a variety of meals types for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you have special dietary needs, let the field camp director know before camp so campus dining facilties can try to accommodate.
  • Food preparation during camping is a group activity and all persons must participate in cooking teams.

How do I do my laundry?

  • Coin laundry facilities are available at Northwest College

Will I have access to computers and email?

  • The dorms at Northwest College should have computer and internet access.

Enrollment and Financial Information

How much does field camp cost?

  • See cost breakdown HERE

How do I pay fees and tuition?

  • Tuition and field camp fees are made in two separate payments. Tuition is paid through the university registrar system. A field camp fee is made separately to your university account.

How do I register for the class?

  • After confirming with Dr. Parcell that you are allowed to enroll in the class, see the university website HERE for registration instructions.

When is payment due?

  • TBD

Health Information

What health concerns should I know about?

  • Field camp involves strenuous hiking and physical activity at high elevations and low humidity. You will feel the effects of higher altitudes (>6000 ft) during your first days at field camp.
  • Limited access to specific medical and dietary needs. Be sure to bring and pack daily needed food and medicine.
  • There are time in the field that we may be far from a hospital. Over an hour away is not uncommon for certain field sites.

What are the fitness and health requirements?

  • You must be in good cardiovascular condition !!
  • A physicians note indicating cardiovascular health is required for camp.
  • Health insurance is required.
  • If you have a history of cardiac or pulmonary problems, physical, emotional, or mental disabilities you must inform the field camp director. Field camp is physically and emotionally demanding.
  • We will be conducting field exercises, including hiking, off trail and at high elevations (>6000ft). Field days are long and your performance will be effected if you cannot cover the field project areas.
  • Students in good physical condition are able to complete the course without difficulty. Students in poor physical health or condition will have a difficult time completing the field exercises.
  • Smoking during field work is strongly discouraged. It will diminish your ability to hike, climb, and perform field activities that demand an increased level of oxygen processing. All the more difficult at higher elevations!