Teacher Trips


Explore HAWAIIAN volcanoes for K-12 Teachers

6-13 August 2014  TRIP IS NOW FULL.   We are taking names for 2015 trip.
Click here to register your name for 2015.

This trip is open for all k-12 educators.  Family members are welcome - please see flyer of for details

Join an exciting and enthusiastic group of educators and their families as they learn first-hand the wonders of active volcanism on the Big Island of Hawaii!

This seven-day field trip on the Big Island of Hawaii will introduce you to plate tectonics, hot spot volcanism and the geologic features and hazards associated with living on an active volcano. We will discuss volcanic edifices, eruption styles, magma evolution and see various types of lava flows, lava lakes, tree molds and lava trees, fault scarps, rifts, craters and calderas.

We will use our observations and new-found knowledge to discuss methods on how to effectively communicate geologic concepts with our peers, students, teachers and the general public.

This trip is designed for K-12 teachers but their families are very welcome. However, it will be a strenuous educational experience and all participants will be required to attend the activities every day. It is a great way for educators to share the experience with their family members. See flyer for more details.

Price : $US1399 per person (not including flights to and from Hilo, HI)

Price includes all land transport in Hawaii,light breakfasts and two dinners, all park entrance fees, field notes.

For more information and to get on the email news list, email Gary Lewis at glewis@geosociety.org

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Explore New Zealand - life on a plate boundary!

July 2015  (Dates to be announced)

This amazing field experience will take in the Earth science wonders of both the North and South islands of New Zealand. We will visit active geothermal areas, walk on volcanoes, see evidence for huge eruptions, visit earthquake zones and see the amazing glacial features of the ‘land of the long white cloud’ all while being steeped in the culture of New Zealand (and maybe a little Middle Earth).



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Email:  glewis@geosociety.org



Mammoth Caves Field Camp for K-12 Teachers

14-19 July, 2014  (TRIP IS NOW FULL)

Join The Geological Society of America as we explore the world’s longest cave, Mammoth Cave and the surrounding area.  During this trip you will: mapping surface and cave features, participate in a karst hydrology research project, collect and interpret data at Crumps Cave, analyze the stratigraphy at Highland Rim Escarpment, visit the Mammoth Cave Plateau to interpret the depositional environments and reconstruct the geologic history from the Ordovician to the Pennsylvanian Periods and perform an actual dye trace at the beginning of the week and collect and analyze the data at the end of the week.  Opportunities to collect sedimentary rocks and fossils will be plentiful.  Samples that you can collect will include shale, claystone, siltstone, sandstone, conglomerate, chert, flint, limestone and various fossils.

Expect to hike each day on this trip.  While we do our best to keep hikes easy to accommodate various levels of ability, some hikes will be long and/or strenuous.  Hiking poles are suggested if you have knee problems.  Be prepared to hike several miles a day on rough, uneven terrain.  If you have any concerns, consult your physician.  Contact Davida Buehler if you have questions about the hikes.

 Dr. Chris Groves from Western Kentucky University and Shannon Trimboli from Mammoth Cave International Center for Science and Learning (MCICSL) will join us throughout the week.  Both have extensive knowledge of Mammoth Cave and the geology in the area.  GSA is excited to have them join us on our field camp and we know that they will help create an incredible learning experience for you.

Graduate credit is available for attending this field camp.  2.0 hours. Cost : $90 +$50 GSA admin fee

Cost: $US700 pp  ($US600 for GSA Members)

Field trip flyer and registration form


Rocky Mountain Field Camp for K-12 Teachers

21-26 June 2014 (TRIP IS NOW FULL)
Come explore Colorado and all it has to offer with the Geological Society of America. This trip is designed for teachers to study geology in depth, collect rocks, minerals and fossils to take back to the classroom and take away new lessons to use in the classroom. This five-day, six-night trip will take you around Central Colorado and will allow you to investigate some of the amazing geology of Colorado. Join us as we tour a working gold mine, soak in hot springs, piece together Colorado’s geologic history, visit famous fossil sites, and create an EarthCache. Please note: there will be several hikes each day; some of which are fairly strenuous.

Graduate credit is available for attending this field camp.  2.5 hours. Cost : $120 +$50 GSA admin fee

Cost: $US775 pp ($US675 for GSA members)

Download the flyer and registration form

For more information, call Davida Buehler at 303.357.1015 or email her at dbuehler@geosociety.org


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Illinois Basin Field Camp for K-12 Teachers

2015 (dates to be confirmed)
Join The Geological Society of America on this 4-day field camp to discover the hidden geological gems of the Illinois Basin in LaSalle County. This trip will be based from Peru, Illinois which lies on the St. Peter Sandstone 125 feet above the Illinois River. LaSalle County is possibly the most geologically interesting part of the layered Illinois Basin. Every undergad geology student in the state visits the outcrops along the LaSalle Anticline. LaSalle County is also now ground zero for the frac sand within the St. Peter Sand-stone. Three mines have been producing this sand for 100 years and now two more are opening. During this field camp you will have the chance to tour the underground Viper Coal Mine and the iconic Silurian reef at the Thornton Quarry. Possible rock, mineral and fossil samples to collect include: frac sand, limestone, shale, coal, pyrite nodules, gypsum, penn fossils, sand-stone, dolostone, Silurian fossils and others.  Pre-service teachers welcomed!  Contact Davida Buehler at dbuehler@geosociety.org for more information.

Graduate credit is available for attending this field camp.  
1.5 hours. Cost : $80 +$50 GSA admin fee

Cost:  Estimated cost $US 725 per person ($US 625 GSA teacher members) 

Field Trip Flyer and registration form