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Wilkes University Geology Field Camp

Geology Field Camp


The 2019 Wilkes University Geology field camp was a five-week, intensive, project-focused, international field camp located on the island of Newfoundland in Canada and was open to upper-level geoscience students enrolled at any college or university.

The 2020 Wilkes University Geology field camp will be announced at a later time.


Students will earn up to six undergraduate credits. The camp is designed for students to develop the field skills necessary to pursue a career as a geoscientist in industry, consulting or academia. During the field camp, students will develop research strategies, collect field observations and measurements, compile detailed rock descriptions, measure stratigraphic sections and construct geologic maps and cross sections.

This was a traveling field camp.

Geology Field Camp


Students worked out of three base station locations during the course. Students camped at various location en route to and from Newfoundland. The first base station was located near Norris Point in Gros Morne National Park. Students were housed in camping cabins for approximately 13 days. Laundry services and showers are available. The second base station was located near St. John’s along the northeastern coast of the island. Students camped in tents for approximately four days and showers are available. The third and final base station area asw in Saint Bride’s, located along the southern coast. Students were housed in a hotel with cooking and laundry facilities.

As is the case with most field camps, students worked in the field for approximately eight to ten hours a day, which included hiking over rough terrain. Students should be prepared for a mentally and physically challenging experience with varying weather conditions. Since this is an international field camp, students were required to obtain a passport and visas (if required). Students should begin the process of obtaining a passport, as this can be a lengthy process.


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