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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.These courses are available as both face-to-face (real) field trips, and as virtual field trips.

All GSCI 355 face-to-face field trip courses require the following items and fees.

  • 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.

GSCI 355 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 and will return the same day at 4:00 PM.

GSCI 355 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, and will return the same day at 4:00 PM.

GSCI 355 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, and will return the same day at 4:00 PM.

GSCI 355 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. This is a multi-day trip. Vans will typically leave at 6:45 AM on a Friday and return 9:00 pm on a Sunday. Required additional equipment and supplies: Pack food and dress appropriate for weather, tent, sleeping bag, cash for fast food travel lunch.

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 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. See TigerTracks for up coming trips.

Fall 2017 - Geography of Kansas Brewing (9/22/17-9/23/17)
This field trip explores the unique and cultural aspects of brewing beer in Kansas. Contact course instructor Dr. Grady Dixon (pgdixon@fhsu.edu) for additional information.

  • Itinerary: Full itinerary will be available to enrolled students.
  • Fees: Lodging/Camping fees, some Meals, Tour admissions. Fee amount $TBD due to office no later thanTBD
  • Qualifications: This trip may include some minor hiking.
  • Lodging: Lodging will be in smaller local inns and to keep costs down rooms will be reserved to maximize occupancy to each 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 walking boots/shoes (no flip flops!), clothing and other your personal items. Notebook and pencil. Camera. Money for meals. A taste for new experiences.

Spring 2018 - AAG Geography, Sustainability, and GIScience (4/09/18-04/15/18)
This field trip includes participation in the annual meeting of the American Association of Geographers in New Orleans as well as exploration of the old south. Contact course instructor Dr. Grady Dixon (pgdixon@fhsu.edu) for additional information.

  • Itinerary: Full itinerary will be available to enrolled students.
  • Fees: AAG Meeting Registration, Lodging/Camping fees, some Meals, Tour admissions. Fee amount $TBD due to office no later thanTBD
  • Qualifications: Students must register and attend the AAG Annual Meeting. This trip may include some minor hiking.
  • Lodging: Lodging will be made relative to enroute sites and meeting host sites. To keep costs down rooms will be reserved to maximize occupancy to each room.
  • Meals: You will need to bring money for meals while on the road. Most lodging 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 walking boots/shoes (no flip flops!), clothing and other your personal items. Notebook and pencil. Camera. Money for meals. A zest for exploring the unique.

 

Sampling of Past Trips

Turquoise Trail, NM (Fall 2013) - This field trip explored the area between Albuquerque and Santa Fe. This area has a cultural history rich in settlements, battles, and diversity. Participants explored the trail along which Kit Carson marched the Navajo people on their 'long walk' to incarceration at Fort Sumner. This trip offered scenic views, a study of diverse cultures, extensive history lessons, and a great outdoor opportunity. Instructor: Dr. Tom Schafer.

Mining & Prospecting Culture in the Colorado Mountains (Fall 2013) - This field trip studied the history and culture of both gold and silver mining in the Colorado mountains. Field trip includes mine and history tours. Participants also had the opportunity to experience gold panning and investigated the cultural impact of precious metal discovery on the region. Instructor: Dr. Tom Schafer

Diamond Pipes & Diamond Prospecting in the American Mid-West (Fall 2012) - This field trip gave 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.

Ozark National Forest (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.

Disasters and Response: A Ground Level View (Spring 2012) - 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

Yards, Houses, & Cemeteries: Changing landscape tastes in Hays over time & space (Spring 2012) - 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

Colorado Mountain Trek/Colorado Front Range (Fall 2012, Fall 2011, Spring 2011) - 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. This 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 were immersed into the environment, walking through downtown Denver identifying aspects of urban sprawl as well as cultural influences.

SW Oklahoma, Arbuckle Mountain Region (Fall 2011) - 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.

New Mexico, Mid-Continent Volcanic Physical Geography (Spring 2010) - 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.

 


 

 

 

 

 

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