Geology Field Trips
Geology is the study of the Earth, and the life of a geologist often involves field work and camping just as much as lab work. Direct experience with outcrops is essential to geological education, and the St. Norbert geology program has a strong field component.
Using Earth as our classroom, we at St. Norbert work hard, have fun and occasionally get a little muddy.
Several core geology classes have associated field trips to locations in the upper Midwest such as Baraboo, Wis.; Mellen, Wis.; and Duluth, Minn. In addition, we offer a week-long course in field geology every other spring break or Maymester (2 credits), and a month-long course every other winter break (4 credits). For our spring break trips we have traveled to such places as northern Arizona; the Florida Keys; Death Valley, Calif.; and Big Bend, Texas. For our winter break trips, we generally travel further afield, spending about three weeks in such places as Costa Rica, Hawai'i, and the Galapágos. In addition, we require geology majors to attend a field camp during the summer of their junior or senior year.
Please feel free to browse photos of some of our previous trips:
- Baraboo (Weekend trip, Spring 2016)
- Petrology (Weekend trip, Fall 2015)
- Door County (Weekend trip, Spring 2015)
- Mellen (Weekend trip, Spring 2015)
- Fonferek's Glen (Day trip, Spring 2015)
- Wequiock Falls County Park (Day trip, Fall 2014)
- Nicaragua (J-term, January 2014)
- Driftless Area of Wisconsin (Maymester 2013)
- Baraboo (Weekend trip, Spring 2013)
- Fonferek's Glen (Day trip, Spring 2013)
- Wausau (Weekend trip, Fall 2012)
- Northern Arizona (Maymester 2012)
- Green Bay area (Day trip, Spring 2011)
- Florida Keys (Spring Break 2010)
- Mellen, Wisconsin (Weekend trip, Fall 2009)
- Galápagos (J-term, January 2009)
- Death Valley (Spring Break, Spring 2008)
- Duluth and the upper Midwest (Weekend trip, Fall 2007)
- Hawai'i (Spring Break 2006)