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Black Hills - SD, WY

Geology Field Camp  Ranch A -1    May 9 - June 10

Geology Field Camp  Ranch A -2  June 13-  July 15

Geology Field Camp  Ranch A -3  July 18 - August 19

Geological Engineering      May 16 - June 17

Petroleum Field Camp       July 11 - 27

Environmental Field Camp   May 15 - June 1

Paleontology Field Camps Multiple  Locations/Dates

 Montana   NEW 

Geology Field Camp     May 22 - June 25

 Arizona  NEW 

Arizona Field Camp    Dec. 27, 2015 - Jan.13, 2016

Death Valley - California

Death Valley Field Camp Dec. 27, 2015-Jan.13, 2016

Spain  NEW 

Geology Field Camp  June 16 - July 19


Geology Field Camp          June 5  -  July 9  


Volcanology Field Camp    July 21-August 14


Volcano Hazards Field Camp        July 20 - August 5

Andes and Galapagos Islands

Volcanology Field Camp        May 17 - June 3


Geology Field Camp         May 22 - June 10


Environmental Field Camp   TBD

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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;  from Dillon, Montana; SDSM&T Campus in Rapid City, from 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 and Galapagos Islands, Ecuador; and Kilauea, Hawaii. Several other geology and paleontology field camps located in Death Valley-Shoshone, CA; Kingman, AZ; South Dakota and Nebraska.

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

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

Course offerings are subject to enrollments. Please visit for updates - last updated on 8/27/2015



Schools in 2015 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"