Field Camp

Two students survey a compass at Field Camp.

Developing Skills Through Field Experiences

Experiential learning is at the core of your education at UTA and we invite you to go beyond your classroom experiences, into the research lab, or into the field through one of the Earth and Environmental Sciences Field Camp Experiences. Our Field Camps help future Maverick Science geologist to develop observational, data collection, analytical, and interpretation skills as well as an understanding in the fundamentals and basics of geology. In short, we're taking your book knowledge and applying it or observing it in the real world. Consider joining us for one of the Field Camps below.

Geology Field Camp

Dates: May 16 - June 15, 2022 | Application Deadline: May 1, 2022


**Due to the wildfires in northern New Mexico, we are unable to visit the Las Vegas, NM area as originally planned. Updates and details on localities and the schedule for Geology Field Camp 2022 will be provided as soon as available. The program will still begin Monday, May 16 at the UT Arlington campus as originally planned.

GENERAL INFORMATION

UT Arlington’s Geology Field Camp for Summer 2022 is in-person and returning to New Mexico! The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at UT Arlington offers Geology Field Camp through enrollment in two courses - GEOL 3387 (Field Geology I) and GEOL 3388 (Field Geology II).  Students will have the opportunity for in-field data collection and application on numerous projects focusing on lake geochemistry, sedimentology, stratigraphy, igneous and metamorphic petrology, and geologic mapping.

For general questions regarding Geology Field Camp 2022, please contact Dr. Jenny Rashall (Field Camp Coordinator) at jenny.rashall@uta.edu.

COST

Fees (for transportation, room and board, and supplies) for GEOL 3387 are $950 and for GEOL 3388 are $950, for a total of $1900 for both courses.

Transportation for trips from the UTA campus and to New Mexico will be provided by university vehicles. Students are responsible for their own housing and transportation to and from campus during the first week of field camp prior to leaving for New Mexico.

Students are responsible for their own meals throughout field camp.

Tuition (Texas Resident): see UTA Tuition
Tuition (Out-of-State Resident): see UTA Tuition

Prerequisites

Mineralogy, Structural Geology, Sedimentology/Stratigraphy

Methods

Students will use compasses, GPS receivers, and laptop computers. Field data are analyzed and displayed using either hand mapping techniques, open-source software, or programs that will be provided on campus.

  • Required software includes Microsoft Word, Excel, and Adobe reader.
  • Free, open-source software may be required to be downloaded onto student’s computer in order to complete certain projects.
  • On-campus software installed on university computers might be required to complete certain projects.

FIELD CAMP SCHEDULE

The schedule below is a general outline for Field Camp 2022. Exact dates for individual assignments or site visits are TBA.

First Day - Monday, May 16

8:00 – 8:30 am: General introduction and overview, grading policies, and syllabi, and schedule for the GEOL and ENVR field camp (20 minutes) and field camp safety (10 minutes)

8:30 – 9:00 am: Title IX Overview

9:00 – 9:30 am: Introduction of Lake Research Project (Dr. Winguth)

9:30 am: Board van to first field site

4:30 pm:  Return to campus and discuss results

Tuesday, May 17 – Friday, May 20>

Project: Physical limnology and geochemistry of lakes (Dr. Winguth)

Saturday, May 21

No class meeting, work on assignments and pack for New Mexico

Sunday, May 22

Travel to Las Vegas, NM – Time and place to meet and pack the vans TBA

Monday, May 23 – Wednesday, May 25

Projects: Sedimentology and Stratigraphy of the Taos Trough (Dr. Read)

Thursday, May 26 – Saturday, May 28

Projects: Structural Geology of the Las Vegas, NM area (Dr. Read)

Sunday, May 29 – Friday, June 3

Projects: Geologic Mapping – Las Vegas, NM (Dr. Brown)

Saturday, June 4 – Tuesday, June 14

Projects: Igneous & Metamorphic Petrology, Geologic Mapping – Northern New Mexico region (Dr. Korchinski)

Wednesday, June 15

Return to Arlington, TX

EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES

The University provides special items and materials needed to carry out individual projects (GPS receivers, compasses, communicators, and maps).

The following list includes items that you will need, but are not provided by the University. This list will continue to be updated through April 2022:

  • Laptop with Word, Excel, and Adobe reader, as well as one of the following illustration programs: Paint, Photoshop, or Adobe Illustrator
  • USB drive for storage
  • Stout footwear; at the least, light boots with strong soles
  • Belt for field equipment
  • Long pants for protection against brush
  • Rain poncho
  • Water container(s): (2 liters recommended)
  • Dark glasses with UV protection (avoid eye damage)
  • Day pack
  • Field medical kit (minimum: Band-Aids, Neosporin, and aspirin)
  • Sun protection: Sunscreen 15 SPF or greater, hat, and shirt
  • Field note-taking equipment: clipboard for field maps, engineer field notebook (5 "x 7.5"), pencils (#2 or #3), and something to sharpen them with, eraser
  • Ruler, protractor, triangle, colored pencils
  • Calculator
  • Optional: Camera and binoculars

Prohibited equipment: Firearms and other weapons

GENERAL POLICIES

Geology Field Camp 2022 will run from Monday, May 16 through Wednesday, June 15. You should make no other plans during this period as you will be working every day.

  1. Policies on alcohol and other drugs affecting judgment and physical performance: No alcohol is to be consumed in any field camp vehicle, or during class hours. No alcohol is permitted in a University operated vehicle.
  2. Possession or consumption of illegal drugs is not permitted under any circumstances.
  3. Obnoxious, harassing, or abusive behavior, whether or not produced by drugs or alcohol, will not be tolerated. People involved may be expelled. Harassment consists of physical and verbal behavior that is unwanted by anyone receiving it after that person has told the perpetrator to stop. Harassment can lead to dismissal from the course.
  4. Any threat of bodily harm, explicit or implied, can be considered an assault and can lead to dismissal from the course.

COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS
Students participating in Geology Field Camp will be subject to UTA’s current COVID-19 safety policies. Additionally, we ask that you perform daily COVID monitoring via the COVID-19 Self-Assessment app and recommend participating in COVID tests if symptomatic or in the case of a COVID exposure. 

WEATHER
Weather will vary from hot and dry (in the low 90's) to mild and raining. Shorts are fine along roadcuts or on campus, but wear long pants and sleeves when mapping to avoid cuts by brush. Choose your clothing with care, and remember that the more comfortable you are in the field, the less distracted you will be from your work.

SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
Everyone can stay safe if they are aware of dangers and take precautions. In the field, we have hand communicators and work in teams so there is someone nearby if you get into trouble. The following are the primary dangers in the field:

Falling
Most minor injuries come from slipping and falling in the field. There are no trails, and loose rocks and steep hillsides are common. Always walk slowly and look before you step. Keep away from cliff edges which may give way. Please get in shape before you come; take a strength or aerobics class.

Road cuts
Some projects are on road cuts. Instructors put out cones to warn drivers, but stay off the pavement and avoid death or injury from a distracted driver. Students are required to wear orange construction worker vests.

Dehydration and heat exhaustion
We will be working outside and in extreme heat on some field days. Before setting out, drink as much water as you can and carry at least two liters of water with you. Move slowly and steadily. If you do get overheated and/or dizzy, find shade, drink water, and rest a while.

Potable water
Don't drink from streams, pools etc. All can have nasty pathogens and parasites.

Nasty little critters
Ticks, mosquitoes, and gnats are rare, but a horse fly may bite you. Ticks are dangerous as a carrier of Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Fever is the main symptom, so see a doctor if you have an elevated temperature. Lyme disease is possible. Ticks will crawl around on you for some time before sucking, and it is sufficient to check yourself at the end of the day.

Nasty plants
Scrub Oak, brush and cactus can cut and puncture your legs if you don't wear long clothing that covers your limbs. Poison Oak and Ivy occur in damp, shady canyons.

Lightning and hail
Afternoon thundershowers (with hail) may occur. If you hear or see an approaching storm, leave high ground IMMEDIATELY. Large hail stones can injure you, so use your backpack or clipboard to protect your head if necessary.


Environmental Science Field Camp

Dates: May 16 - June 1, 2022 | Application Deadline: May 1, 2022


GENERAL INFORMATION
The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at UT Arlington offers Environmental Science Field Camp through enrollment in one course - ENVR 3387 (Environmental Field Methods).  Students will have the opportunity for in-field data collection and application on projects focusing on lake geochemistry, limnology, environmental chemistry, and environmental health

For general questions regarding Environmental Science Field Camp 2022, please contact Dr. Jenny Rashall (Field Camp Coordinator) at jenny.rashall@uta.edu.

Cost
Tuition and field camp fee (for transportation and supplies) for ENVR 3387. Tuition see link below. Field camp fees are $586.

Transportation for trips from the UTA campus will be provided by university vehicles. Students are responsible for their own housing and transportation to and from campus during the field course.

Tuition (Texas Resident): see UTA Tuition
Tuition (Out-of-State Resident): see
UTA Tuition

Prerequisites
CHEM 1442

Methods
Students will use various types of water testing equipment, such as pH meters and chemical test kits, to collect field data. Field data are analyzed and displayed using either hand drawn techniques, open-source software, or programs that will be provided on campus.

  • Required software includes Microsoft Word, Excel, and Adobe reader.
  • Free, open-source software may be required to be downloaded onto student’s computer in order to complete certain projects.
  • On-campus software installed on university computers might be required to complete certain projects.

 

FIELD CAMP SCHEDULE
The schedule below is a general outline for Environmental Science Field Camp Summer 2022. Exact dates for individual assignments or site visits are TBA.

First Day - Monday, May 16
8:00 – 8:30 am: General introduction and overview, grading policies, and syllabi, and schedule for the GEOL and ENVR field camp (20 minutes) and field camp safety (10 minutes)
8:30 – 9:00 am: Title IX Overview
9:00 – 9:30 am: Introduction of Lake Research Project (Dr. Winguth)
9:30 am: Board van to first field site
4:30 pm:  Return to campus and discuss results

Tuesday, May 17 – Thursday, May 19
Project: Physical limnology and geochemistry of lakes (Dr. Winguth)

Friday, May 20; Monday – Wednesday, May 23-25
Project: Environmental Geochemistry (Dr. Kim)

Thursday-Friday, May 26-27; Tuesday – Thursday, May 31 – June 1
Project: Environmental Health (Dr. Shin)

 

EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES
The University provides special items and materials needed to carry out individual projects.

The following list includes items that you will need, but are not provided by the University. This list will continue to be updated through April 2022:

  • Computer access with Word, Excel, and Adobe reader, as well as one of the following illustration programs: Paint, Photoshop, or Adobe Illustrator, for completion of assignments/reports.
  • USB drive for storage
  • Rain poncho
  • Water container(s): (2 liters recommended)
  • Dark glasses with UV protection (avoid eye damage)
  • Day pack
  • Field medical kit (minimum: Band-Aids, Neosporin, and aspirin)
  • Sun protection: Sunscreen 15 SPF or greater, hat, and shirt
  • Field note-taking equipment: clipboard for field maps, engineer field notebook (5 "x 7.5"), pencils (#2 or #3), and something to sharpen them with, eraser
  • Calculator

Prohibited equipment: Firearms and other weapons

 

GENERAL POLICIES
Environmental Science Field Camp 2022 will run from Monday, May 16 through Wednesday, June 1. You should make no other plans during this period as you will be working every weekday, with the exception of Memorial Day (May 30).

  1. Policies on alcohol and other drugs affecting judgment and physical performance: No alcohol is to be consumed in any field camp vehicle, or during class hours. No alcohol is permitted in a University operated vehicle.
  2. Possession or consumption of illegal drugs is not permitted under any circumstances.
  3. Obnoxious, harassing, or abusive behavior, whether or not produced by drugs or alcohol, will not be tolerated. People involved may be expelled. Harassment consists of physical and verbal behavior that is unwanted by anyone receiving it after that person has told the perpetrator to stop. Harassment can lead to dismissal from the course.
  4. Any threat of bodily harm, explicit or implied, can be considered an assault and can lead to dismissal from the course.

 

COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS
Students participating in Environmental Science Field Camp will be subject to UTA’s current COVID-19 safety policies. Additionally, we ask that you perform daily COVID monitoring via the COVID-19 Self-Assessment app and recommend participating in COVID tests if symptomatic or in the case of a COVID exposure.