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Camp Information


Application Deadline:

February 14, 2014

Contact Field Camp Director Sean Long:

Course Information

Course Title: Geology 451 (6 semester credits)

Fees: Approximately $3,400


Courses in mineralogy/petrology, sedimentology/stratigraphy, structural geology, and field methods.  If you are lacking one or more of these courses, it may still be possible to attend camp. Please contact the Field Camp Director to discuss your individual situation.  Credit will be posted in the office of the registrar at the end of the summer term (mid-August).

Geology Field Camp Information

About 2/3 of the geology field camp will be run out of our field station in Ruth, about 10 miles west of Ely, Nevada.  Accommodations are rustic dorm-style, with a lounge, lecture room, kitchen, and showers.  Laundromat facilities and a post office are nearby.  During the remaining portions of the geology field camp, we will set up a mobile camp in various picturesque locations in western Nevada, near our study areas.  Most field camp meals will be planned and prepared by a field camp manager, and students will help with cooking and cleanup.  All food and camping expenses are covered in the course fees.


In mountainous areas of Nevada and Utah, you can count on cool evenings and warm to hot days in May and June. We will be working mainly at elevations between 5,000 and 8,000 feet, so sunscreen and a hat are essential.  Most days are clear, but we have had light snows in June. Spring rains, including afternoon thunderstorms, are possible too, so raingear is essential.


The Geology Field Camp will begin at 9 am on May 21, 2014 on the UNR campus.

Plan to arrive in Reno on May 20 (or earlier), so as to avoid any problems caused by flight delays.  After an initial orientation session, we will drive to Ruth, Nevada.  Our first night (May 21) will be at the field station. Field work will commence on May 22 and will continue through June 24.  The group will return to Reno by noon of June 24.  Airline departures from Reno should be scheduled for the evening of June 24 or later in case of delays in returning from the last field area.

Camp Director

Sean Long, Geology Field Camp Director
Dept. of Geological Sciences & Engineering, Mail Stop 0172
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557
(775) 682-8750 (office)
(775) 784-1833 (fax)

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