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Black Hills - SD, WY

Geology Field Camp  Session One May 15 - June 16
Geology Field Camp  Session Two June 19 - July 21

Geological Engineering    May 15 - June 16

Petroleum Field Camp   

Environmental/Groundwater Camp May 15 - 30- June 4

Paleontology Field Camps   Multiple Locations/Dates

Death Valley, CA     

 Winter camp

Geology Field Camp            Dec. 27 - Jan.12

 New Zealand

Winter Camp

Depositional Systems Field Camp Dec. 28 - Jan 13-18


Two Camps -Winter and Summer

Hawaii Volcanology Field Camps 


Winter Session       December 27 - January 12 - 17


Summer Session               July 25 - August 10-15


Ecuador - Andes

Winter Camp

Volcanology Geology Field Camp   Dec. 27 - Jan. 12


 Winter Camp

Geology Field Camp         Dec. 27 - Jan 12-17


Sequence Stratigraphy Field Camp    

 Western California 

Depositional Systems Field Camp   


Geology Field Camp        


Geology Field Camp    COST REDUCED   May 29 - June 30

Tectonics in the Field           NEW            


Geology Field Camp      


Geology Field Camp        


Geology Field Camp      June 8 - July 10



Volcanology Field Camp             July  10 -  31



Geology Field Camp              

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Geology MS and PhD  at SD Mines



The Black Hills Natural Sciences Field Station (BHNSFS) is a cooperative program formed by a consortium of colleges and universities that offers variety of field courses. Six credit courses are offered from Rapid City, South Dakota, Dillon - Montana, Taskesti Field Station -Türkiye  (located on north Anatolian Fault Zone, about 200 km east of Istanbul),  Pyrenees - Spain, and  Atlas Mountains - Morocco.



Panoramic view of the Velodrome exposed as a structural window showing in the center highly folded Oligocene-Miocene marine and continental sediments in the external southern Alps..


Variety of three and four credit courses offered at number of world wide locations, including Himalayas - Nepal, Iceland,  New Zealand, France and  Ecuador, Big Sur - California, Black Hills - South Dakota and Kilauea - Hawaii. Several Winter Field Camps offered in Death Valley - California, Bullhead City - Arizona, Big Island - Hawaii, New Zealand, and Andes- Ecuador.




Kilauea, Hawaii (above) - 2023 Eruption and  Mediano reservoir and the Pyrenees Range, Spain (below)



South Dakota Mines serves as the host institution and provides transcripts of credits to the enrollee's parent institution. The consortium comprises of SD Mines, 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 8/1/2022

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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"