Teacher Trips


Explore HAWAIIAN volcanoes for K-12 Teachers

5-12 August 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!

NOW  SUMMER 2016   

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

Experience the many faces of a Plate Boundary in the amazing scenery of New Zealand. Volcanoes, thermal areas, glacial valleys and more. Share and learn with other educators.

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).

Led by a local geoscience enthusiast and with experienced educators, this is a trip of a lifetime that will change the way you teach forever! 


Cost: around $US 4,895 (does not include airfares)

Add your name to the email list for more details

Email:  glewis@geosociety.org



Explore Dynamic Iceland

Volcanoes and Glaciers on a Spreading Plate Boundary.

July 20-31, 2015



Join four experienced leaders in a life-changing tour of the wonders of Iceland. Stand on a mid-ocean ridge, experience all forms of volcanism, see amazing glacial landscapes and so much more.

Iceland's rich geological history and strange interplay of volcanism and glaciers makes it one of the 'must see' destinations for all who love geology. It is a place of many surprises, with every turn of the road exposing amazing sights - waterfalls, geysers, craters, U-shaped valleys, ash falls etc. Layered on top is a rich history of an amazing culture.

This trip circles Iceland and takes in such classic sites as Þingvellir, Eyjafjallajökull 2010 eruption impact, Vatnajokull Ice Cap and outburst floods, classic lava flows, Askjr (fresh caldera), coastal dynamics, and sites of cultural significance.


Leader - Dr. P. Jay Fleisher, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Earth Sciences Department, SUNY-
College at Oneonta, Oneonta, NY 13820; 607-286-7541; fleishpj@oneonta.edu.

Cost : US$3,875 for GSA teacher members and partners (US$3,995 for all non-GSA members). Cost does not include airfares to and from Iceland. Estimated addition costs for meals, shuttles etc in Iceland around $360.

Registration is due by 1 February 2015.

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Mammoth Caves Field Camp for K-12 Teachers

12-18 July, 2015

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: around $US850 pp  ($US750 for GSA Members)

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Rocky Mountain Field Camp for K-12 Teachers

20-25 June 2015 
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: $US875 pp ($US775 for GSA members)

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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

14-18 June, 2015
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:  $US 725 per person ($US 625 GSA teacher members) 

Field Trip Flyer and registration form


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Acadia NP Field Camp for K-12 Teachers

26 July - 1 August,  2015 

Join the Geological Society of America on a 5-day adventure to discover some of the most exciting and fascinating geology in the continental United States.   Mount Desert Island and the Schoodic Peninsula of Acadia National Park are incredible places to study glaciers, coastal processes and structural geology.

During this trip you will measure and map faults and dikes, carry out a beach transect, create a beach profile, draw cross sections, observe and interpret rock outcrops,  view a granite splitting demonstration, participate in an air quality research project, determine the relative ages of the rocks, and learn about nocturnal animal behavior.  Classroom activities will be incorporated into the field camp. 

 On our last evening, we will immerse ourselves in the Maine culture as we enjoy a lobster fest and s’mores!  (We will accommodate special diets for this meal.)

 This trip is great for earth science, environmental science, and pre-service teachers as well as college students.

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

Cost: $US850 pp ($US750 for GSA members)

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