Wilkes University Geology Field Camp


Due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Wilkes University Geology Field Camp for the Summer of 2020 has been cancelled. We plan on running the camp again in the Summer of 2021.

Field Camp

The Wilkes University Geology field camp is a 5 week, intensive, project focused international field camp located on the island of Newfoundland in Canada and is open to upper level geoscience students enrolled at any college or university.

Newfoundland offers a unique cross section of major crustal segments that comprise the Appalachian mountain belt. The field camp curriculum is designed to meet the requirements of most undergraduate Geology B.S. programs, meet the educational standards reported by the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) and many state (including Pennsylvania) professional geologist licensure programs.

Students will earn up to 6 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. Methods of data collection will include the application of satellite and aerial imagery, as well as geophysical surveys to supplement traditional field methods.

This is a traveling field camp.

Geology Field Camp

Students will work out of 3 base station locations during the course. Students will camp at various location en route to and from Newfoundland.  The first base station is located near Norris Point in Gros Morne National Park. Students will be housed in camping cabins for approximately 13 days. Laundry services and showers are available. The second base station is located in the urban sprawl of St. John’s along the northeastern coast of the island where students will stay in Memorial University dormitories. The third and final base station area is in Saint Bride’s located in Cape St. Mary’s along the southern coast where students will be housed in a hotel that includes cooking and laundry facilities.

During the field camp, students will visit several sites of geologic significance designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites including 1) Green Point (type section and base of the  Ordovician period of time, 485 million years old) and the Tablelands Mountain (ophiolite sequence) in Gros Morne National Park, and 2) Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve on the Avalon Peninsula, where students will have an opportunity to see Ediacaran fossils!

As is the case with most field camps, students will be working in the field approximately 8-10 hours a day which includes hiking over rough terrain. Please note, that many of our hikes will require some amount of scaling of boulders and rocks. Students should be prepared for a mentally and physically challenging experience with varying weather conditions. Since this is an international field camp, students will be required to obtain a passport and visas (if required). Students should begin the process of obtaining a passport no later than February 2021 as this can be a lengthy process.