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All accommodations costs for the Geology Field Camp are included in the Geology Field Camp Fee. Details for accommodations are listed below.

  • Day/ Night 1

    We will depart from Felmley Hall at 6:15 A.M., on May 21. The vans will arrive at the departure point shortly thereafter.

    External students must plan to arrive at the Central Illinois Regional Airport (BMI) on May 20, or you may be dropped off at the Normal Baymont Inn. Your room expenses in Normal will be covered as part of your Field Camp fee. You should plan to fly out of BMI on June 27. Your field camp fee will cover the local hotels on the day prior to departure and the day that we return.

    Bring a packed lunch for the travel day, as we will have lunch on route in Iowa.

    The first night is spent in Chamberlain, SD at a Best Western motel.

    • Please indicate any special dietary needs (including vegetarian) on the application form. Most needs can be accommodated.
  • Weeks 1-2

    Saturday, we will drive across western South Dakota and eastern Wyoming while taking a tour of the Badlands National Monument. We should arrive in Sheridan by 6:00 P.M. Thursday.

    Weeks 1-2 are spent at Sheridan College in Sheridan, WY.

    • Students are assigned two to a dorm in Founders Hall.
    • Dorm rooms are in small clusters.
    • Each cluster has a lounge with television, bathrooms and showers, and a small kitchen.
    • Each room has two network ports for internet connection.
    • Lecture and drafting facilities are all in Founders Hall along with exercise equipment, a game room, and laundry faculties.
    • Meals are provided while in Sheridan with the exception of dinner on days off.
  • Week 3-4

    Mickelson Field Station in northwestern Wyoming.

    • Located along Chief Joseph Scenic Highway about 30 miles northwest of Cody, WY and is nestled in the heart of the Absaroka Mountain Range.
    • Housing is in traditional cabins with bunk beds. There are common shower houses for men and women. Dining is in the mess hall.
    • Mickelson has a common building which houses a large comfortable lecture and drafting area, a computer lab, and a rec room.
    • The weeks mapping project is immediately outside your cabin door.
  • Weeks 5-6

    Weeks 5-6 will be spent traveling to and at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, SD.

    • Students will be assigned two to a dorm while at BHSU.
    • All rooms have internet access and there are large common rooms and computer labs in the dorm.
    • Meals while at Black Hills State will be provided with the exception for dinner on days off.
  • Final night

    The final night will be spent in Chamberlain, SD at a Best Western motel.

    • Lodgings cost is included in the field camp fee, but meals are the responsibility of the student.

    We will have the long drive back to Illinois on June 26.