REVIVAL OF THE GEOLOGY FIELD CAMP EXPERIENCE AT MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY
Our course is in two sections, two weeks in-residence at our field station (NJ School of Conservation), followed by four weeks in Montana and Wyoming. The team-taught first section focuses on glacial/Holocene surficial geology. The convenient proximity allows us to introduce field technology (GPS and TOTAL station topographic surveys; geophysical methods with ground penetrating radar, electrical resistivity, seismic refraction), accompanied by soil, hydrology, and sedimentology surveys. This section evolved into a project-oriented investigation with student teams, with mixed success. For the second section, taught by a single instructor and TA, students conduct traditional field surveys of petrology, stratigraphy and structure at different sites in Wyoming and Montana to produce geologic maps and stratigraphic sections. These investigations are individually presented, shorter, and benefit from more background information provided to the students. One major benefit to field camp is the use of authentic data, with professors and students investigating problems concurrently. We presented discoveries from the New Jersey geomorphic studies at recent conferences. Given our success, we contemplate inviting students from outside the university, as well as including non-geology students (e.g. sustainability, geography, ecology) in a joint program.