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 Geology Field Camp

May 27-July 1, 2024

Thank yo for your interest in our Field Camp course, unfortunately the 2024 is full. You can still fill out an application to be added to waitlist.

apply here at this link

 Contact Field Camp Director Ryan Anderson for more information

About Field Camp & Cost

The Idaho State University Department of Geosciences offers a 5 week, 6-credit capstone course in field geology held at the beginning of summer each year. This nationally recognized course is hosted at the Lost River Field Station, located north of Mackay, Idaho. Our field program has a 6 decade history of providing students the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge accumulated during their undergraduate education in the stunningly scenic, and geologically rich Northern Rocky Mountains. Our program is open to students from universities outside ISU. If you are looking for a field camp program, we encourage you to apply! To learn more about our field camp program and the costs associated with our course, click the about Field Camp & Cost link below.


Application & Scholarship Opportunities

Applications for our field camp open November 1st. The deadline for early acceptance is January 20th, after which we will accept students until the course is full. Be sure to apply before the mid-January deadline to secure you spot! Our course fills up fast and we turn away many great students each year. To apply for our field camp, click on the application link below. Many national Scholarship opportunities are available to attend field camp.


How To Choose A Field Camp

You may be wondering how to choose a field camp, and why you might choose the Idaho State University field camp course. Many students have been in your shoes, wondering which field camp course they should apply to. You should know that not all field camps are not alike. You should decide what you want in a field camp and then shop around to see which one is best for you. Locations, instructors, pedagogy, price, and student experiences  are some of the items to consider. 

Equipment for Field Camp

Here is a list of equipment and supplies needed when attending ISU Geosciences field camp.

Lost River Field Station Location

Directions and other information about our field camp home base, the Lost River Field Station.