Summer Field Camp
2016 (TBA)

(Entrada/Todilto contact)

General Information for UF Students

Deadlines and Information will be discussed in January 2016

Information for Non-UF Students

Our field camp is based in Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico.  The field camp consists of a 4 day trek from Gainesville Florida to Taos Ski Valley (see schedule below) via Lafayette, LA---Midland, TX----Carlsbad, NM----Albuquerque, NM and into Taos.  During the first 3.5 weeks you will work together in teams on stratigraphic section measuring (and description), geological mapping of Mesozoic, Paleozoic and Proterozoic rocks in northern New Mexico.  There is a written final and a field mapping final.  The final two weeks consist of a 'geotour' of numerous national parks and monuments in the desert southwest (Grand Canyon, Zion Canyon, Bryce Canyon and others) followed by the trek back to Gainesville.

We will have limited space (first come, first served basis) for students from outside UF.  We require an unofficial transcript and a letter of recommendation from an instructor in Geology.

Required Coursework: Petrology, Structural Geology and Historical Geology.  Must demonstrate skill with computer drawing software (Adobe Illustrator, CorelDraw or other programs)

Note: UF tuition and fees are not included and must be paid separately when registering for the courseOut-of-state tuition for UF is around $1000/credit hour.  For more information contact me directly.


Field Camp Director: Dr. Joseph Meert (; 352-870-4642)
Other Instructors: Dr. Jim Vogl
Teaching Assistant: TBD
Textbook: Field Camp Guide (will be available at Target Copy in late April 2015)

IMPORTANT PRE-FIELD CAMP WARNING: Austing Haus is at 9200 feet.  All of our field areas are above 7000 feet.  We hike a lot, climb a lot and so fitness is a critical aspect of field camp.  Get a group together and bike, run, walk, do stadiums or anything that will get you fit and ready for field camp.
Buy boots now and break them in early.  Blisters suck


Schedule (2015 tentative schedule):

Date                                                                 Event/Project

(Sa) May 9th                                                                                 Departure Geology Parking Lot: Arrive Lafayette, LA (pm). Dinner at Randols Cajun Restaraunt et Salle de Danse

(Su) May 10th                                                                                 Depart Lafayette 8 am (sharp).  Stop at Kisatchie Wold Longleaf Vista (LA).  Drive towards Midland, TX (All damn day)

(Mo) May 11th                                                                                Depart Midland, TX area drive to Carlsbad, NM.  Afternoon hike through Permian Reef

(Tu) May 12th                                                                                 (a.m.) Carlsbad Caverns Visit, (p.m.) Roswell Alien Museum visit, (pm) Valley of Fire visit, Arrive Albuquerque, NM (evening)

(We) May 13th                                                                                (a.m.) Practice Mapping exercise (San Ysidro, NM), (p.m.) Tour of Mesozoic seds, Pizza at Taos Pizza Outback, Arrive Austing Haus evening  


(Th) May 14th                                                                                 Volcanic stratigraphy exercise (bag lunch; due May 17th morning)

(Fr) May 15th                                                                                 Tour of the field camp area (bag lunch)

(Sa) May 16th                                                                                Servilleta Basalts Section Day 1 (bag lunch)

(Su) May 17th                                                                                Servilleta Basalts Section Day 2 (bag lunch)

(Mo) May 18th                                                                                 Servilleta Basalts write-up due evening May 20th

(Tu) May19th                                                                               Tour of Valles Caldera Region (bag lunch), Dinner in Albuquerque or Bernalillo

(We) May 20th                                                                              Colorado Plateau/Sed Units (bag lunch)

(Th) May 21st                                                                                           Ghost Ranch Camp Set up and Day 1 (lunch/dinner)

(Fr) May 22nd                                                                                Ghost Ranch Day 2- Camp Evening (breakfast, lunch dinner)

(Sa) May 23rd                                                                               Ghost Ranch Projects Due evening

(Su) May 24th                                                                                Box Canyon Day 1 (bag lunch)

(Mo) May 25th                                                                               Box Canyon Day 2 (bag lunch)

(Tu) May 26th                                                                                 Box Canyon Projects Due Evening (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

(We) May 27th                                                                                             Day Off (lunch, dinner in town): Jim Arrives

(Th) May 28th                                                                                Rattlesnake Gulch Day 1 (bag lunch)

(Fr) May 29th                                                                                 Rattlesnake Gulch Day 2 (bag lunch)

(Sa) May 30th                                                                                Rattlesnake Gulch Day 3 (bag-lunch)

(Su) May 31st                                                                               Rattlesnake Gulch Projects Due

(Mo) June 1st                                                                              Day Off

(Tu) June 2nd                                                                                Study Day

(We) June 3rd                                                                               Written Final Exam

(Th) June 4th                                                                                Field Exam 2-3 groups a.m./mid-day/afternoon

(Fr) June 5th                                                                                 Pack and get ready for the extension

(Sa) June 6th                                                                                Leave on Extension

On or about June 19                                                                    Return to Gainesville

What you will need to bring to Field Camp

Taos, New Mexico has a number of stores and shops (including Wal-Mart of course).  We will usually make a stop to get snacks and supplies when needed, but we won’t make special trips into town.


What to Bring With You

            -sleeping bag

            -hiking boots (break these in early)

            -poncho or rain gear

            -rock hammer

            -hand lens

            -day pack that can carry at least 4-5 liters of water

            -canteen, water bottle or camelback preferred

            -hat or cap

            -cold weather gear (we get snow and freezing weather)

            -hot weather gear (it gets hot)

            -marking pens, pencils, colored pencil

            -laptop with drawing package software (CorelDraw or Adobe)

            -sunscreen, chapstick, skin lotion, insect repellant




            -small flashlight

            -towel and washcloth

            -personal toiletries


            -ziplock bags (pint and quart sizes for samples)

            -Stereonet and tracing paper


Additional Recommendations:

             -small sleeping pad



            -pocket knife

            -camera (digital is best)

            -bandaids, aspirin, minor medical supplies (molskin)

            -mending kit

            -stamps, envelopes

            -credit card or ATM card

            -reference books (keep to a minimum)

            -alarm clock

 What is not allowed:

             -excessive clothing (laundry services are available)

            -bulky luggage or hardpack luggage

            -expensive or bulky electronics

            -large pillows

            -anything delicate or fragile

            -personal coolers or ice chests

            -skis, bikes, lawn chairs etc


            -firearms or other weapons

            -illegal drugs or ‘contraband’