Field Camp

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Details below are our current Summer 2023 Field camp plans.  We will adjust these as necessary to adhere to University and State COVID-19 regulations – please check back for new information, or plan to complete an application to be notified as updates occur.  We successfully held our usual camp last summer, and have every confidence that we will manage this again for 2023!

Read about our COVID-adapted 2020 field camp here.Field camp will consist of three sections for Summer 2023.  To attend all three sections, there are course prerequisites of Field Methods, Mineralogy, Petrology, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, and Structural Geology or an equivalent level of expertise and instructor permission.  Prerequisites for individual sections depend upon the section you plan to attend.

All sections are graded for majors; P/NP optional for all other students. There is a $900 course fee per section, above and beyond usual UO tuition and fees. External students will need to pay an additional non-refundable $100 "earnest money" fee to hold their space in the camp.  Partial scholarships are available for all UO students. The field camp application will open in late January 2023, and the link will be posted below. 

ERTH 406/606 Section 1: Physical Volcanology, Central Oregon. June 26 - July 9, 2023

Newberry Volcanic Monument


This two-week course is based out of Newberry Volcano, Oregon. Using methods and techniques pertaining to physical volcanology, we will determine the volume and intensity of the last eruption of Newberry Volcano (Big Obsidian Flow, 640 CE), and learn about silicic eruptions and tephra transport. We will map out the thickness and main sedimentological characteristics of the explosive deposit during eight days in the field. We will collect samples and use sieves and balances to measure some characteristics of the deposits directly in the field. Back in the lab at the University of Oregon, we will further analyze characterize our samples using instruments to measure grain size, shape, porosity, and componentry. 4 quarter-system credits.

ERTH 406/606 Section 2: Classic Mapping, Southwest Montana.  July 11 - July 26, 2023

Iceberg Lake


Two-week field section based out of the University of Montana dorms in Dillon, Montana.  Rocky Mountain geology including Paleozoic-Mesozoic stratigraphy and mapping of the complex structures of the Servier Fold-Thrust Belt. Includes Glacier National Park field trip. 4 quarter-system credits. 

ERTH 406/606 Section 3: Environmental Geology, Eugene/Springfield area, July 27 - August 10, 2023


This two-week course provides a comprehensive overview of standard field methods for assessing groundwater quantity and quality. We will cover stream gauging, well testing, sample collection and analysis, and other field techniques for water exploration, sampling, extraction for quantitative and qualitative assessment of groundwater flow and quality. The course objective is to provide students wishing to work in the professional field of hydrogeology with hands-on experience and practical knowledge of field hydrogeology.  UO dorms will be available (at cost) for those who need housing for this section. 

Introduction to Hydrogeology is the only prerequisite for this section.  Majors intending on completing their graduation requirements this summer who have not completed this course yet will be accommodated. 4 quarter-system credits.

To apply: 

To complete the application, you should have a copy of your transcript(s) handy and know the date of your last tetanus immunization or booster.  Non-UO students will also need to provide the name of the geoscience professor who they will ask to write their letter of recommendation and upload a document (.pdf or .jpg) outlining their prerequisite coursework or equivalents.

The Summer 2023 course application is available hereThere is no application fee, and if you have all your materials at hand, it should only take about 10 minutes to complete.  The application deadline is Monday February 27, 2023.  If there are spaces available after that date, the application link will remain open on this pageComplete applications from external (non-UO students) will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.

There will be course fees above and beyond the University fees.  These fees are currently estimated at $900 per section.  External students will need to pay an additional non-refundable $100 "earnest money" fee for each section to hold their space in the camp.

See links below for more information.

Field camp student expenses
Field study scholarship opportunities
Equipment List for 2022
UO Field Camp FAQ
Camp Safety and Anti-Harassment policies