(Open to Everyone)

Black Hills - SD, WY

Geology Field Camp  Ranch A -1    May 8 - June 9

Geology Field Camp  Ranch A -2  June 12- July 14

Geology Field Camp  Ranch A -3  July 17 - August 18

Geological Engineering      May 15 - June 16

Petroleum Field Camp       July 9 - 26

Environmental Field Camp   May 15 - June 1

Paleontology Field Camps Multiple  Locations/Dates


Arizona Field Camp    Dec. 27, 2017 - Jan. 13-18, 2018

Death Valley - California

Death Valley Field Camp  Dec. 27, 2017 - Jan.13, 2018

Bahamas - San Salvador Island


Coastal Studies Field Camp    Not offered in 2017


Geology Field Camp     May 25 - June 28


Geology Field Camp  June 10 - July 13


Geology Field Camp          June 4  -  July 8  

Cost reduced


Volcanology Field Camp    July 18 - August 11


Volcanology Field Camps   

           December 27 - January 12, 2018 - Winter Session

July 25 - August 11-16, 2018 - Summer Sessions

Andes Mountains

Volcanology Field Camp        May 25 - June 11

Cost reduced


Geology Field Camp         May 21 - June 9

Other Links,

Geology at SDSM&T


The Black Hills Natural Sciences Field Station is a cooperative program formed by a consortium of colleges and universities that offers variety of field courses. Six credit courses are offered from Ranch A field station, an historic log mansion located in the northern Black Hills, near Beulah, Wyoming; Dillon, Montana; SDSM&T Campus in Rapid City, South Dakota, Taskesti Field Station, located on north Anatolian Fault Zone, about 200 km east of Istanbul, Turkey; and from Ainsa, northeastern Spain.


Himalayas Range and Mt. Everest

Variety of two, three and four credit courses offered at number of world wide location, including Himalayas-Nepal; Iceland and  Andes Mountains in Ecuador; and Kilauea, Hawaii. Several other geology and paleontology field camps located in Death Valley-Shoshone, CA; Bullhead City, AZ; and South Dakota.

Kilauea Crater, Hawaii (above) and Volcan Cotopaxi, Ecudor (below)      

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South Dakota School of Mines and Technology serves as the host institution and provides transcripts of credits to the enrollee's parent institution. The consortium comprises of SDSMT, University of North Dakota and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Students from non consortium universities are encouraged to attend the camps.

For additional information follow the links or contact :

Dr. Nuri Uzunlar

Director, Black Hills Natural Sciences Field Station

Professor, Geology and Geological Engineering

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

501 E. St. Joseph Street

Rapid City, SD 57701

  Cell:  (605) 431 1275, Office: (605) 394 - 2494

Course offerings are subject to enrollments. Please visit for updates - last updated on 8/27/2016



Schools in 2016 Camps

Angelo State University
Augustana College
Binghamton University
Bloomsburg University
Boston University
Brown University
Bucknell University
California Lutheran University
California State University of Bakersfield
California State University, Fullerton
Clarkson University
Dartmouth College
Duke University
Eastern Connecticut State University
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Fredonia State University of New York
George Mason University
George Washington University
Guilford College
Hamilton College
Indiana University-Purdue University
Kansas State University
Kent State University
Kutztown Univesity of Penn.
Lock Haven University
Louisiana State University
Middlebury College
Minnesota State University - Mankato
Minot State University
Mississippi State University
Morehead State University
North Carolina State University
North Dkota State University
Northern Arizona University
Northwest Missouri State University
Occidental College
Ohio Wesleyan University
Oregon State University
Purdue University
Rice University
Rider University
Rutgers University
San Francisco State University
San Jose State University
Slippery Rock Univeristy
Sonoma State University
State University of New York at Fredonia
SUNY Cortland
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi
Texas A&M - Kingsville
Texas Christian University
The College of Wooster
The University of Arizona
The University of Texas at San Antonio
Univeristy of North Dakota
University of Alaska Anchorage
University of Alaska Fairbanks
University of California Berkeley
University of California Santa Cruz
University of Delaware
University of Georgia
University of Maine
University of Maryland 
University of Minnesota Morris
University of Minnesota Twin Cities
University of Montana
University of New Orleans
University of Northern Colorado
University of Pittsburgh
University of Puget Sound
University of Rhode Island
University of Southern Maine
University of Southern Mississippi
University of Tennessee - Knoxville
University of Texas at Austin
University of Texas at Dallas
University of Texas at San Antonio
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin-River Falls
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Utah State University
uw-stevens point
Washington State University
Wayne State University
Whitman College
Youngstown State University


Student Testimonials


"The people culture, and geology of Turkey were all fantastic. ..."

"Managed to learn more geology than I ever thought possible” "This was an intense experience, academically, culturally, and socially” “I had the best experience ever” , "I had one of the most unique and fulfilling experiences in my lifetime”, “ a life changing experience", “I learned a lot this summer about geology and myself"