Field Camp

Field Camp

Details below are our current Summer 2021 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 a 3-week camp last summer, and have every confidence that we will manage at least this again for 2021!

Read about our 2020 field camp here.

Field camp will consist of three sections for Summer 2021.  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 $700 course fee per section, above and beyond usual UO tuition and fees. Partial scholarships are available for all UO students. The field camp application will open in late January 2021, and the link will be posted below. 

Section 1:  Tectonics/Paleontology, North Central Oregon. June 21 - July 6, 2021

Ray discussing maps


Two weeks of remote camping on private land and in-the-field instruction*. Course includes paleontology/stratigraphy of the classic John Day Basin formations, recon-level geologic mapping of regional geology and active fault zones in the South Fork Wilderness. 4 quarter-system credits.

Section 2: Fire and Ice, Oregon Cascades and the Wallowa Mountains.  July 7 - July 20, 2021

Newberry Volcanic Monument


Another field-based two-week section* covering volcanology and glacial geology.  Includes drone mapping and characterization of glaciovolcanic products, glacial geomorphology and the plumbing system for the Columbia River Basalt Flows.  4 quarter-system credits.

Section 3: Classic Mapping, Southwest Montana, July 21 - August 6, 2021

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.

Field instruction subject to change based on COVID-19 State and University restrictions. If full in-person instruction is not allowed, some online coursework may be substituted.  This should be determined by May.

Free first aid/CPR training and certification will be available to all students enrolled in the first 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 can be accessed hereThere is no application fee, and if you have all your materials at hand, it should only take about 10 minutes to complete.  Application deadline is March 19, 2021.

With the current uncertainties, external applications will be reviewed, although we may not be able to confirm space until mid-March.  We generally have plenty of space for all qualified applicants, but these are still interesting times.  Applications will be reviewed and approved on a first-come, first-served basis until all sections are full. 

There will be course fees above and beyond the University fees.  These fees are currently estimated at $700 per section, subject to change.

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

Field camp student expenses
Field study scholarship opportunities
Equipment List for 2019
UO Field Camp FAQ
Camp Safety and Anti-Harassment policies