Department of Geosciences - Field Trips

 GSCI 355 Field Trips in Geology   GSCI 454 Field Studies in Geosciences (Field Camp)   |  GSCI 651 Field Studies in Geography   

The field trips posted below illustrate just a few of the opportunities you have for hands-on learning and field experiences.
Please note: Not all field trips are offered every semester. If you are interested in participating in one of our field trips you can check out our current offering by visiting TigerEnroll then selecting the semester of interest and the Department of Geosciences.

 

GSCI 355 Field Trips in Geology 

Dr. Neuhauser has taught this series for the past 30 years and there are a number of different themes which include the traditional series of trips beginning on the FHSU campus, in Hays, and heading to Lake Wilson in Russell County, to the northern portion of Ellis County, and to the Chalk Beds in Gove County. Additional themes include: Central and NE Kansas; SE Kansas; the Colorado Front Range; NE New Mexico/SE Colorado; Hays Water Issues; and even, The Geology of Wine or The Geology of Beer. Usually 3 different themes are offered through the Virtual College in each semester. See TigerTracks for the upcoming trips.

Spring 2013 - GSCI 355 VA Field Trips in Geology - Lake Wilson
This field trip provides an overview of geology between FHSU & Lake Wilson. Participants will view and discuss the impact of the I-70 sink hole, and will complete a study of the Wilson Lake spillway.  Trip includes stops at various roadcuts. Minor hiking will be involved. Vans will leave at 8:45 AM on April 13, 2013, and will return the same day at 4:00 PM.  Meet at west side of Tomanek Hall parking lot.

  • Required: Pack a lunch and dress appropriately for weather. Guidebook will cost $15.
  • Suggested: Sunscreen, bug spray, and hiking boots.
  • Optional: Hammer, hand lens, and sample bags.

Spring 2013 - GSCI 355 VB Field Trips in Geology - Ellis County
This field trip focuses on the geology of Ellis County, FHSU campus, a rare volcanic ash quarry, and an introduction to local geological formations.  Trip includes some fossil and mineral collecting. Minor hiking will be involved. Vans will leave at 8:45 AM on April 14, 2013, and will return the same day at 4:00 PM.  Meet at west side of Tomanek Hall parking lot. 

  • Required: Pack a lunch and dress appropriately for weather.  Guidebook will cost $15.
  • Suggested: Sunscreen, bug spray, and hiking boots.
  • Optional: Hammer, hand lens, and sample bags.

Spring 2013 - GSCI 355 VC Field Trips in Geology - KS Chalk Beds
This field trip to Castle Rock includes stops overlooking Hays, Cedar Bluff Reservoir, and Ogallala.  Trip includes fossil and mineral collecting. Minor hiking will be involved.  Vans will leave at 8:45 AM on April 20, 2013, and will return the same day at 4:00 PM.  Meet at west side of Tomanek Hall parking lot.

  • Required: Pack a lunch and dress appropriately for weather.  Guidebook will cost $15.
  • Suggested: Sunscreen, bug spray, and hiking boots.
  • Optional: Hammer, hand lens, and sample bags.

Fall 2013 - GSCI 355 VA Field Trips in Geology - Lake Wilson
This field trip provides an overview of geology between FHSU & Lake Wilson. Participants will view and discuss the impact of the I-70 sink hole, and will complete a study of the Wilson Lake spillway.  Trip includes stops at various roadcuts. Minor hiking will be involved. Vans will leave at 8:45 AM on September 14, 2013, and will return the same day at 4:00 PM.  Meet at west side of Tomanek Hall parking lot.

  • Required: Pack a lunch and dress appropriately for weather. Guidebook will cost $15.
  • Suggested: Sunscreen, bug spray, and hiking boots.
  • Optional: Hammer, hand lens, and sample bags.

Fall 2013 - GSCI 355 VB Field Trips in Geology - KS Chalk Beds
This field trip to Castle Rock includes stops overlooking Hays, Cedar Bluff Reservoir, and Ogallala.  Trip includes fossil and mineral collecting. Minor hiking will be involved.  Vans will leave at 8:45 AM on September 15, 2013, and will return the same day at 4:00 PM.  Meet at west side of Tomanek Hall parking lot.

  • Required: Pack a lunch and dress appropriately for weather.  Guidebook will cost $15.
  • Suggested: Sunscreen, bug spray, and hiking boots.
  • Optional: Hammer, hand lens, and sample bags.
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Fall 2013 - GSCI 355 VC Field Trips in Geology - Colorado Front Range
This field trip to explores unique geologic sites along the Colorado Front Range. Trip includes fossil and mineral collecting. Intermediate level hiking will be involved.  Vans will leave at 6:45 AM on September 20, 2013, and will return 9:00 pm on September 22. Meet at west side of Tomanek Hall parking lot.

  • Required: Pack food and dress appropriate for weather, tent, sleeping bag, cash for fast food travel lunch.  
  • Fees: Guidebook $15
  • Suggested: Sunscreen, bug spray, and hiking boots.
  • Optional: Hammer, hand lens, and sample bags.

GSCI 454 Field Studies in Geosciences: Field Camp

An integrative geoscience capstone course involving a broad range of applied field techniques and procedures. Not only are students evaluated in the field on core courses, they will also be exposed to applied (forensic geophysics, GIS, GPS, geoarcheology, computer and environmental science technologies). Permission is required to enroll. To find out more visit the Field Camp webpage. 

GSCI 651 (Virtual College) Field Studies in Geography

A concentrated group field study stressing the environment, resources, lifestyles, and problems of a designated territory of the world. Each semester this course is taught a different region is studied.

Spring 2013 - GSCI 651 VA Field Studies in Geography - Turquoise Trail, NM 
(4/25/2013 - 4/28/2013)
This field trip explores the area between Albuquerque and Santa Fe. This area has a cultural history rich in settlements, battles, and diversity. Participants will explore the trail along which Kit Carson marched the Navajo people on their 'long walk' to incarceration at Fort Sumner. This trip offers scenic views, a study of diverse cultures, extensive history lessons, and a great outdoor opportunity. 

  • Instructor: Dr. Tom Schafer
  • Itinerary:  Full itinerary will be available to enrolled students. Sites you can expect to see include: Dinosaur Trackways, Rabbit Ears, Mt. Capulin, Toas Pueblo, Santa Fe, Turquoise Trail & museum, Cerrillos State Park, Sandia Crest, Tijeras Pueblo, interesting people, and other unique sites and experiences along the way.
  • Fees: Lodging/Camping fees, some Meals, Tour admissions. Fee amount $90.00 due to office no later than April 19th
  • Qualifications: This trip will include some hiking trails rated "moderate."  Moderate trails require some degree of physical conditioning.  Also on this trip you will be riding a tram to the top of Sandia Crest. Please be prepared for mountain weather and bring close toed (preferably hiking boots/shoes) for Saturday's events.
  • Lodging: Lodging will be in smaller local inns and to keep costs down rooms will be reserved 4 to a double room.
  • Meals: You will need to bring money for meals while on the road. Most inns will have a breakfast available for you. If you have special dietary requirements please advise the instructor prior to the trip and you may want to consider bringing some of your own food. Many meal sites will be experiencing local cuisine.
  • Weather: Come prepared for weather common to the area.  
  • Equipment Needed: Quality hiking boots/shoes (no flip flops!), clothing and other your personal items. Notebook and pencil. Camera. Money for meals. A sense of Adventure.

 Fall 2013 - GSCI 651 VA Field Studies in Geography: Self Guided Tour
(arranged)
Field Trip description coming soon! 

  • Instructor: Dr. John Heinrichs
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  • Equipment and other things Needed: Quality walking shoes, notebook and pencil. Money for meals and personal purchases. 

Fall 2013 - GSCI 651 VB Field Studies in Geography - Mining & Prospecting Culture in the Colorado Mountains
(9/20/2013 - 9/22/2013)
This field trip studies the history and culture of both gold and silver mining in the Colorado mountains. Field trip includes mine and history tours. Participants will also have the opportunity to experience gold panning will investigate the cultural impact of precious metal discovery on the region. This trip will begin on Thursday, September 19th with a pre-trip meeting at 3:30 pm in TH 222. Field trip will depart at 8:00 am on Friday, September 2oth and will return September 22rd at 10:00 PM. Pre-trip meeting mandatory.  

  • Instructor: Dr. Tom Schafer
  • Itinerary:  Full itinerary will be available to enrolled students.
  • Fees: Lodging/Admission fees $60.00,
  • Qualifications: Moderate hiking and physical exertion. Tolerance of tight spaces and dim to no lighting conditions.
  • Lodging:
  • Meals: You will need to bring money for fast food meals.  
  • Weather: Come prepared for weather common to the area.  
  • Equipment Needed: Quality water-proof hiking boots, or high quality tennis shoes. NO SANDALS OR OPEN-TOED SHOES OF ANY KIND. Money for meals and incidental purchases; appropriate clothing and shoes for regional weather and hiking; personal care and travel items. Having at least one water bottle to refill is a must.  Also, to keep costs down, up to four students will be sharing double rooms. Students are encouraged to bring sleeping bags for personal comfort.

Past Trips  

Field Studies in Geography - Ozark National Forest - GSCI 651 (Spring 2012) - This trip was the perfect trip for anyone fascinated by mountains and the people who have both adapted to and modified the landscape of a mountainous region.  Students gained experience describing and interpreting a unique geography region as they immersed themselves into the environment, hiking through stunning and thought-provoking scenery.  Students practiced interpretation of physical & human landscapes through a guided hiking experience in the Ozark National Forest.

Field Studies in Geography - Disasters and Response: A Ground Level View - GSCI 651 (S2012) - Students had the opportunity to study a recent site of a disaster, as well as the opportunity to study the on going disaster response. Instructor: Dr. Tom Schafer

Field Studies in Geography: Yards, Houses, & Cemeteries: Changing landscape tastes in Hays over time & space - GSCI 651 (S2012) - Students practiced interpretation of physical and human landscapes through a guided experience study changing landscape tastes in Hays over time and space. Instructor: Dr. Paul Phillips

Field Studies in Geography: New Mexico, Mid-Continent Volcanic Physical Geography- GSCI 651 (S2010) - students explored New Mexico's volcano region with Dr. Tom Schafer. They had the opportunity to experience and discuss the physical geography, physical geology, and affected culture of this unique area. This trip included: a visit to the Dinosaur Trackways at Clayton State Park; and in-depth tour of the Capulin Volcano National Monument and surrounding region; a hike at the lava flow at Black Mesa in Oklahoma; and a short hike into Little Horse Mesa. 

Field Studies in Geography: Colorado Mountain Trek - GSCI 651 (S2011, F2011) -  students studied Colorado's Front Range region with Dr. John Heinrichs. Participating students had the opportunity to experience and discuss the urban geography, igneous and metamorphic geology, and geomorphological features of the area while hiking through striking wilderness areas.

Field Studies in Geography: SW Oklahoma, Arbuckle Mountain Region - GSCI 651  (F2011) - students studied the human landscape in the region around the Arbuckle Mountains and Anadarko Oil Bason with Dr. Tom Schafer. Participants had the opportunity to practice interpretation of physical and human landscapes through a guided experience. Field study sites included: Fort Sill Museum, Anadarko Oil Basin, Wichita Mountains, & Arbuckle Mountains. 

Fall 2012 - GSCI 651 VA Field Studies in Geography: Colorado Front Range
(9/7/2012 - 9/9/2012)
This class is the perfect trip for anyone fascinated by mountains and the people who have both adapted to and modified the landscape of a mountainous region.  You will gain experience describing and interpreting a unique geography region as you immerse yourself into the environment, walking through downtown Denver and identifying aspects of urban sprawl as well as cultural influences.  . 

  • Instructor: Dr. John Heinrichs
  • Itinerary: This course consists of a 2-day guided walking tour through downtown Denver, a pre-trip meeting & departure, and possibly pre-trip training and preparation activities.  
  • Pre-trip Meeting & Departure: Friday, September 7 at 4:30 pm on the FHSU campus in TH 222.  The pre-trip meeting will offer you an opportunity to meet your fellow travelers and to ensure everyone is prepared with proper equipment and in appropriate physical condition.  Bring everything to the meeting that you are planning on taking. We will help make sure you have what you need, and aren't bringing anything you do not need. Attendance at the pre-trip meeting is mandatory.  Travelers will depart from Tomanek Hall around 5:00 p.m. on Friday  
  • Travelers will return to Tomanek Hall by 10:00 PM on Sunday.
  • Fees: Lodging fees of $50.00 due before departure.
  • Qualifications: This trip will consist of a fair amount of walking, participants must have some degree of physical conditioning.  .
  • Lodging: Friday you will be staying at a hotel in downtown Denver. Saturday you will be staying at a hotel in Boulder. To reduce costs to students rooms have been booked for maximum occupancy, four people per double room. If you prefer you are welcome to bring your own sleeping bag.
  • Meals: You will need to bring money for fast food meals.  
  • Weather: The high country of Rocky Mountain National Park is well-known for changing weather patterns.  It is not uncommon for afternoon thunderstorms and high-winds on summer days.  You should come prepared for sudden temperature changes of 10-20 degrees F, with evening temperatures dropping into the 30s-40s. Come prepared for these changing weather conditions.  
  • Equipment and other things Needed: Quality walking shoes, notebook and pencil. Money for meals and personal purchases. 

Fall 2012 - GSCI 651 VB Field Studies in Geography - Diamond Pipes & Diamond Prospecting in the American Mid-West
(9/20/2012 - 9/23/2012)
This field trip will give participants the opportunity to participate in a diamond mining adventure and to investigate the cultural impact of gemstone discovery on the region around Murfressboro, AK. This trip will begin on Thursday, September 20th with a pre-trip meeting at 3:30 pm in TH 222. Field trip will depart at 7:30 am on Friday, September 21st and will return September 23rd at 11:30 PM. Pre-trip meeting mandatory.  

  • Instructor: Dr. Tom Schafer
  • Itinerary:  Full itinerary will be available to enrolled students.
  • Fees: Lodging/Admission fees $60.00,
  • Qualifications: Moderate hiking and physical exertion.
  • Lodging: America Heritage Inn, Murfreesboro, AR
  • Meals: You will need to bring money for fast food meals.  
  • Weather: Come prepared for weather common to the area.  
  • Equipment Needed: Quality water-proof hiking boots, or high quality tennis shoes. NO SANDALS OR OPEN-TOED SHOES OF ANY KIND. Money for meals and incidental purchases; appropriate clothing and shoes for regional weather and hiking; personal care and travel items. Having at least one water bottle to refill is a must.  Also, to keep costs down, up to four students will be sharing double rooms. Students are encouraged to bring sleeping bags for personal comfort.


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