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Former Field Camp participants gather at an alumni reunion.

Welcome alumni! This page is designed to keep you posted with events in the department but also to allow you to communicate with each other and find lost friends.

Alumni Field Camp

Clark's Fork Canyon,  Wyoming

Clark's Fork Canyon,  Wyoming. Credit: Phil Norbeck

Penn State Field Geology has been and continues to be a capstone experience that integrates previously-studied subdisciplines of the geosciences and facilitates visualization of geologic history from outcrops in the canyons, mountains, and plains of the American West. For 2006, the camp was shifted to the environs of Coldigioco in the Apennines of Italy. The course is built around a series of intensive mapping projects that require solution of geologic puzzles with all the tools and concepts at the student's command.

But field camp is also fun in other ways. A group of people have to live, work, and play together through wind, rain, sun, cold, vehicle breakdowns, deadlines, dirty laundry, and everything else that goes with a journey that lasts many weeks and involves different living venues. Ultimately they find joy in their shared trials and triumphs. Walter Ebaugh (1971 field camp) has summed it up: "It was surely the best. I learned almost everything I know about geology that summer."

If you remember field camp that way, these webpages are designed to let you reminisce but also to reconnect with your past alumni friends.  If you would like to contribute to any Field Camp pages please contact us

In addition to those named on individual pages, general thanks to Barry Voight, Derrill Kerrick, Rudy Slingerland, Kevin (Doc) Hoover and, especially, Duff Gold for photographs and materials.


Why Field Camp?


Field Camp Years 1955-2016
1919-1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963
1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973
1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983
1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993
1994 1995 1996 1997 Reunion 1997 1998 YBRA Firepit 1998 2000 Reunion 2000 2001
2002 2003 2004 Reunion 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 Reunion 2008 2009
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016      

Misc pictures



Fanshawe Lodge, YBRA, Red Lodge, Montana

Fanshawe Lodge, YBRA, Red Lodge, Montana