The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences sponsors many field trips, some as parts of classes and some as extracurricular learning opportunities. Most trips are open to both undergraduate majors and graduate students.
Many Department courses include required field trips as an essential teaching tool. For example, EARTH 442 includes a trip to Michigan’s Sleeping Bear Dunes area to to investigate glacial and atmospheric geomorphology features. All the Camp Davis courses include extended field trips that take advantage of the Camp's location near Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons, Dinosaur National Park, and other sites in Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming.
In addition, Department faculty often plan a field trip in May or August to the Southwest US, Florida, or Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. International field trips often take place during the summer or over Winter vacation. These large trips are subsidized by the Department from alumni donations so that the cost to students is very low.
Recent U.S. Field Trips:
In August 2014 Adam Simon and Kacy Lohmann led a field trip to Michigan's Upper Peninsula. See the blog here.
In May 2013, Kacey Lohmann led a field tirp to Texas. See the blog here.
In May 2010, Kacey Lohmann and Nathan Niemi led a field trip to Nevada, Utah, Arizona and California. See the blog here.
The soft rock field trip for May 2009 went to Texas and New Mexico and to Florida in May 2008.
In May 2007, undergraduate & graduate students and faculty travelled to the Southwest U.S.
Recent International Field Trips:
Adam Simon led a fied trip to Chile during Winter vacation 2015. See the blog here.
Kacey Lohmann led a field trip to northern Spain in June 2012. See the blog here.
Ingrid Hendy and Sam Mukasa led a field trip to New Zealand in August-September 2009. See the blog here.