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Summer Geology Field Camp

With the current situation, our plans may change – please check back for new information, or complete an application to be notified as updates occur.

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Field camp consists of two sections for Summer 2020.  To attend both 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.

University tuition/fees will be posted here.


Our current plan for Summer 2020 is as follows:

Section 1:  July 6-July 19
This two-week section will be held online only.  Virtual field course with immersive experiences in Structure and Volcanology.  Will include a mapping project interpreting the the structural geology and Upper Paleozoic and Mesozoic stratigraphy of an area in southwestern Montana’s Fold-Thrust Belt led by Marli Miller, and two Volcanology projects with Jim Watkins on the lava flows at Four Craters and the explosive rhyolitic volcanism at the Big Obsidian Flow of the Newberry National Volcanic Monument in Oregon.  4 quarter-system credits.

Section 2:  July 20-August 16
This section begins with an online week (July 20-26) before moving to three weeks of in-the-field instruction*. Field work will be remote camping in Central Oregon on private property.  There will be 3 projects taught by Samantha Hopkins and Ray Weldon including paleontology/stratigraphy of the classic John Day sequence, recon-level geologic mapping of rocks and structures in South Fork Wilderness, and a fluvial terrace mapping & interpretation project that focuses on the Crooked River’s response to active faulting, climate change, early homesteading, and loss of beavers.  8 quarter-system credits.

* Field instruction subject to change based on COVID-19 State and University restrictions. If camp is not allowed, these final three weeks will also be online, and likely will entail a change to project make-up.  We expect to know if we will have in-person field instruction in mid-June.

Free first aid/CPR training and certification is available to all students enrolled in the second section of our field camp course.


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 course application is open and available here. There is no application fee, and if you have all your materials at hand, it should only take about 10 minutes to complete.

With the current uncertainties, applications are still being accepted and reviewed.  We anticipate plenty of space for all admitted students in Section 1 of the course, although if Section 2 is permitted to have field instruction there may be few openings available.  Applications will be reviewed and approved on a first-come, first-served basis until all sections are full. 

If there is field instruction in Section 2, there will be course fees above and beyond the University fees.  These fees are currently estimated at $800, subject to change.

See links below for more information (some information may apply to a normal year’s field course).

Field camp student expenses, including costs from 2019
Field study scholarship opportunities
Equipment List for 2019 (updated in May, similar year to year)
UO Field Camp FAQ
Camp Safety and Anti-Harassment policies



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