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Black Hills - SD, WY

Geology Field Camp  Ranch A -1   

Geology Field Camp  Ranch A -2  June 17- July 19

Geological Engineering      May 13 - June 14

Petroleum Field Camp      July 24 - August 9

Environmental Field Camp   May 13 - 28

Paleontology Field Camps Multiple  Locations/Dates

Death Valley

Geology Field Camp  Dec. 27, 2018 - Jan.13


Volcanology Field Camps   

July 25 - August 11-16 - Summer Session

December 27 -- January 13-18 - Winter Session



Geology Field Camp  Dec. 27, 2019 - Jan 13 -18, 2020

 Utah  NEW in 2020

Sequence Stratigraphy Field Camp    July 6 - 28

 Western California

Depositional Systems Field Camp    in 2020


Geology Field Camp     May 25 - June 28

               Turkey  COST REDUCED

Geology Field Camps           June 17 - July 20

 France   NEW

Geology/Alpine Tectonics Field Camp    July 9 - 31

 New Zealand

Depositional Systems Field Camp  Dec. 28 - Jan14 -19


Geology Field Camp          May 27 - June 29


Geology Field Camp        June 10 - July 13



Volcanology Field Camp       July 17- August 10 - 14


Ecuador - Andes

Volcanology Geology Field Camp   


Geology Field Camp         May 19 - June 7, 2020

Bahamas - San Salvador Island

Coastal Studies Field Camp    Not offered in 2019

Other Links,

Geology MS and PhD  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; from Ainsa, northeastern Spain and from the 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 two, three and four credit courses offered at number of world wide location, including Himalayas-Nepal; Iceland; New Zealand, France 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  Mediano reservoir and thePyrenees Range, Spain (below)



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 SDSM&T, 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 9/06/2018


Schools in 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"