Field Trips

2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2003

The UW-Madison Department of Geoscience has a long and significant tradition of training undergraduates and graduates in the critical skills of field work. Emphasizing skills of observations, measurements, and interpretation, we routinely sponsor trips to nearby classic localities along the Wisconsin River, Devils Lake and the Baraboo Hills. There have been legendary trips to the Yukon, carbonate trips to the Guadalupe Mountains, and structural geology trips to Wyoming and Lake Superior. Recently, there have been trips to Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, the Canary Islands, the Yucatan, Yucca Mountain, Yellowstone, Dinosaur National Monument, Death Valley, the Rio Grande rift, the iron formations of Michigan, upstate New York, the Greenland Ice Sheet, and the California margin. The Museum has led popular summer museum expeditions for students, teachers and others enthusiasts to collect fossils in Wyoming. The Department sponsors regular course-related field trips to the Black Hills, Badlands, and White Lake (Canada), through gift funds, including the Student Field Experiences Fund.

Earth Magazine Field Camp article:  “Mapping field camp’s past and present: Exploring a mainstay of geoscience education.”


Australia 2010 KS, Co, UT 2010 New Zealand 2010 Big Bend 2010


Greenland 2009 California 2009 California 2009 Oklahoma 2009 GeoCllub 2009


New York 08 Rio Grande 08 New Mexico 08 Death Valley 08 BIF 08 Grad Club 08 UG Club 08


Keweenaw 2007 Dinosauer 2007 Canary Islands 2007


Economic 2006 Hydro 2006 Argentina 2006



  • Sed-Paleo and Undergraduate Spring Break trips