Registration is Now Open for the Appalachian Geoscience Geocamp

The United States Geological Survey and the West Virginia Geological & Economic Survey have teamed up with West Virginia University to initiate the Appalachian Geoscience GeoCamp this summer. Students will explore concepts and skills related to the earth sciences, including orienteering, topographic and geologic mapping, forest ecology and more. The GeoCamp experience will go far beyond indoor lessons and lectures by putting learning into the field alongside experts, to create hands-on experiences that allow students to explore possible future interests and careers. Scholarships funded through the West Virginia Geological Survey scholarship opportunities will also be available for West Virginia in-state residents.

Camp Dates: June 23rd – 30th
Cost: 475.00 (West Virginia In-State Early Bird) / $655.00 (Out of State Early Bird Rate)
     –Rates will increase April 17th – Scholarship opportunities for WV in-state residents
Suitable For Students entering 9th-12th grade for the upcoming school year

Tentative Activities & Topics Include:

  • Rock Climbing at Cooper’s Rock State Forest
    • Topic – Understanding Rocks
  • Zip-Lining at the WVU Outdoor Ed. Center
    • Topic – BioBlitz & Identifying Invasive Species
  • Rafting down the Cheat River
    • Topic – Geologic Structure Analysis
  • Caving with Lauren Caverns
    • Topic – Exploration and Formation Processes
  • Cycling down the Mon River Rail Trail
    • Topic – Geologic Framework Mapping
  • Hiking at Cooper’s Rock State Forest
    • Topic – Orienteering on Topographic Maps
  • Travel Day to Seneca Rocks
    • Topic – Sightseeing & Structure in Motion
  • High & Low Rope Activities
    • Topic – Recreation & Fun!

This 8 day, 7-night summer adventure will be sited at WVU’s Outdoor Education Center and on the campus of West Virginia University, with lodging in yurts and campus student housing. The forests, rivers, caves and terrain around Morgantown provide a perfect environment for exploration and learning while immersed in nature. The GeoCamp will take a non-traditional approach by integrating field-based earth science and mapping lessons with outdoor adventures.