Summer Field Camp

Cockscomb 2012 3 person group picture

Approximate Dates of 2019 field camp:

May 22 - June 28

Applications for 2019 will be available some time in the Fall of 2018.


Contact Field Camp Director Andrew Zuza:

The Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno, offers a comprehensive, capstone, six-week, six-credit summer geology field camp class.  The focus of the course will be to develop advanced field skills, including rock description, generation of geologic maps, and illustrating the geometries of deformed rocks with cross-sections.  Through a series of mapping-based exercises, field camp students will gain the ability to understand complex field relations in three dimensions.  This is enhanced by the incredible geologic setting of these exercises, which includes several world-class geologic sites in eastern Nevada, in the heart of the Basin-and-Range province, and in western Nevada, where the Basin-and-Range meets the Sierra Nevada.

For approximately four weeks, we will utilize our permanent field station in Ruth, Nevada, near the town of Ely.  Approximately one week will be spent in  Kodachrome Basin in Utah.  Especially memorable areas that we will visit include Great Basin National Park, the Snake Range metamorphic core complex, and Lake Tahoe.

Our Alumni Include

Students from all over the U.S. have participated in the University of Nevada's Summer Field Camp:

  • Arizona State University
  • Boston University
  • Case Western Reserve
  • CCNY
  • Central Michigan University
  • Clemson University
  • Colby College
  • College of Charleston
  • Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Harvard University
  • Keene State College
  • Muskingum College, Texas
  • Pacific Lutheran College
  • Portland State University
  • Sacramento State University
  • Saint Lawrence College
  • San Francisco State University
  • San Jose State University
  • Sonoma State University
  • Southern Mississippi University
  • Texas A&M University
  • UCLA
  • University of Alaska, Fairbanks
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Maine
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Nebraska, Omaha
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • University of New Hampshire
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Puget Sound
  • University of Southern California
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Washington University
  • Whitman College
  • Whittier College