May 19 - June 18, 2021
Applications for the 2021 Field Camp will be posted online in late Oct./early Nov.
Due to the uncertainty of summer 2021 operations caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently not sure how the 2021 Field Camp will run. We may be able to run a traditional group field course, or we may have to conduct an online course as we did in 2020. The tentative dates for either course are May 19th to June 18th, 2021. Updated information will be posted here as soon as we make a formal decision, but this may be subject to change at any time as federal, state, and University rules and suggestions change. Course applications will be posted here in late October-early November. These will be due in early 2021, and students will be notified of their acceptance by February-March. Exact schedules and course fees are still being figured out, but please feel free to contact the camp Director Andrew Zuza (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions or concerns.
The Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno, offers a comprehensive, capstone, five-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 eastern California, where the Basin and Range meets the Sierra Nevada.
Students will traverse the North American Cordillera during field exercises across Nevada and Utah, with especially memorable field trips to Great Basin National Park and the Snake Range metamorphic core complex.
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).
Students from all over the U.S. participate each year. Below is a list of schools where our Field Camp alumni have come from.
The Geology Field Camp will operate from May 19 to June 18, 2021. More information on the course structure and schedule will be posted at a later date. The camp is open to both University of Nevada, Reno and non-University students. Typically, the course is divided into four approximately week-long topical geologic mapping exercises, with specific themes including Quaternary, bedrock, metamorphic, and igneous geology. These exercises will build the students' broad knowledge regarding the geologic history of western North America from the Paleozoic to the present.
In mountainous areas of Nevada and California, you can count on cool evenings and warm to hot days in May and June. We will be working over a range of elevations from 5,000 to 10,000+ 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 rain gear is essential.
A specific 2021 schedule is still being formulated. More information will be posted at a later date.