THE OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY LES HUSTON GEOLOGY FIELD CAMP
Located at the OSU Les Huston Geology Field Camp facility near Cañon City, Colorado, GEOL 3546 - 6 credit hours, Field Geology can be taken for undergraduate credit. This 5 week course begins in late May and ends in June. Initial projects familiarize students with the local and regional lithostratigraphy through detailed measurement and description of stratigraphic sections. Strong emphasis is placed on proper mapping techniques as well as employing the scientific method to explain the origin of geologic features. Traditional mapping techniques including pace, aerial photography, topographic maps and Brunton traverses are augmented with GPS and digital imagery. Projects also include environmental geology exercises and geophysics.
The 2013 Field Camp is full and enrollment is closed.
TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION
Transportation is provided for all field exercises. Also, transportation from Stillwater, Oklahoma to the camp, or to and from the airport in Colorado Springs, CO, are available at no extra cost. Students are welcome to drive personal vehicles to the camp, and may use them during free time and sightseeing activities before and after camp. Personal cars may not be used for field exercises.
The Les Huston Geology Field Camp contains 7 cabins built in 2008 and 2009 for students, and several vintage rustic cabins used by the faculty and staff. In addition to cabins, the facility includes central dining and kitchen facilities, a computer lab and drafting room, and restroom/shower facilities. The cabins are furnished with bunk beds and mattresses. Students must provide their own sheets, blankets or sleeping bag, and pillow. Weekday meals including sack lunches are provided. Hot meals are not served on weekends, but college survival food including breakfast cereal, leftovers and sandwich fixings are provided. Affordable restaurants and fast-food are available in nearby Cañon City. Transportation is provided to Cañon City for weekend meals, shopping or laundry.
Faculty members teaching at the OSU field camp come from several different institutions and reflect the makeup of the camp. For the past several years, faculty members have been from OSU, University of Oklahoma, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Amarillo College. The 2012 faculty came to camp with a combined 27 years experience teaching this course.
GEOLOGIC SETTING AND LOCATION
Cañon City sits at the boundary between the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains. This boundary is often called the Front Range Uplift and consists of Proterozoic basement-cored uplifts with dipping sedimentary strata on their flanks. Excellent exposures of Precambrian to Cenozoic rocks permit the study of igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks. Within easy driving distance are some of the more spectacular geologic features of the western United States, such as the Dakota Group Hogbacks, Pikes Peak, Royal Gorge, Spanish Peaks, Garden of the Gods, Pulpit Rock and Fountain red beds.
The Les Huston Geology Field Camp is located on the edge of the Cañon City Embayment approximately 7 miles east of Cañon City and is easily accessible from U.S. Highway 50, a primary east-west motorway that connects to Interstate 25 at Pueblo, CO.