The Oregon State STEM center just posted about a webinar on April 8th that will be on virtual field trips. It may be of interest to those wrestling the geology field school issues.  Here's their link that describes the even and how to sign up for it.  

Dr. Grant D. Smith
Non-tenure track assistant professor
Western Oregon University
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On Thu, Mar 19, 2020 at 9:32 AM Annia Fayon <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
One more thing - There is a field camp director listserv that is managed by NAGT; I think Kurt Burmeister is organizing it. In case you are not on that list, here is part of the message that was sent out yesterday. It includes a link to subscribe to the list:

How to sign up
I did not auto-enroll camp directors into the listserv - I felt it was important to give folks the choice to join or not. If you are interested in joining the listserv, please use the link below to enroll. You will be asked for your first & last names, email address, institutional affiliation, to select the name of your field camp program from a drop-down list (or enter if not listed), and for your role at that camp.

Take care all -

On Thu, Mar 19, 2020 at 11:12 AM Annia Fayon <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Hi all - 

We have not made any decisions yet here in Minnesota regarding our summer field courses, but I sense it will not be long before we do. It is only fair to the students that we make decisions sooner rather than later. 

Although this situation is, well let's be blunt, rotten (there are other four-letter expletives I could use here), I am glad to be a part of this community. I will certainly contribute as best I can as we move forward into the 'new normal'. And I look forward to hearing what you all are thinking.


On Thu, Mar 19, 2020 at 11:04 AM Pyle, Eric - pyleej <[log in to unmask]> wrote:


At the current time, we are looking at the accessible field experience lessons learned from IAGD, and then only with the students that absolutely have the course for graduation this summer.  More details later...


Eric J. Pyle, Ph.D., FGS
Department of Geology & Environmental Science
MSC 6903
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA  22807


From: Smith, Larry <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Thursday, March 19, 2020 9:38:46 AM
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Subject: Field camp options?
At this time, our university is stating that even summer classes need to be taught online. We teach two field camps each summer for 8-15 of our own students Field Geophysics and Geology, and Field Hydrogeology. At this time, we really do not know what we will be allowed to do and what we will not be able to do.

So, I'll put this question out - Are others planning on doing something differently this summer if you are not allowed to teach face-to-face?

Thanks for any input.

Professor and Dept. Head
Geological Engineering 

Montana Technological University

(406) 496-4859

Grant Smith
Non-tenure track assistant professor
Western Oregon University
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