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Over Night Geology Rocks! 

Are you ready to dig into Geology?

From the ancient rock layers of the Black Hills, to the crystals and natural formations of area caverns and the fossils in the Badlands, the unique geology of the Black Hills region makes Geology Rocks! a one-of-a-kind camp available only at South Dakota Mines. Topics that students will learn about -- through real experiences or hands-on learning activities -- include:

  1. Discussion of minerals, rocks and fossils, and their relation to Black Hills geologic history
  2. Basic geologic concepts
  3. Topographic and geologic map use as well as compass navigation
  4. The importance of water both to society and geologic processes
  5. Mineral exploration and extraction
  6. Rock and mineral collection!
     
    The Geology Rocks! summer camp provides high school students with the opportunity to learn about potential careers in the geosciences.  Campers observe the world-renowned Black Hills geology and the role it plays in surface and ground-water quality, geologic hazards, mineral resources, and paleontology.  Potential field trips include:

  7. An active gold mine
  8. A cave tour
  9. The Mammoth Site
  10. Badlands National Park
  11. Many other sites of geologic interest throughout the Black Hills 

The experiences in this camp will inspire students to better understand the natural world and to be able to interpret the stories that are contained in the rocks and landforms around us.  

Schedule:
Monday, July 11: Check-in 7:AM; Camp overnight

Tuesday July 12:  Explore the Black Hills; Camp overnight

Wednesday July 13: Explore; Camp overnight

Thursday July 14: Explore; 5:30 PM camper pick up and Lodge with family

Friday July 15: 8:00 AM depart for family and camper hike and learn; 1 PM Parent cookie reception in Surbeck Ballroom and optional campus tour.

ENROLLMENT PROCESS:

All prospective campers must complete the following items before their summer camp application will be complete.

  1. Submit the online registration
  2. Make full payment. Camper’s spot will only be held for two weeks by registration unless payment is made
  3. Submit waivers

Cancellation Policy:

To receive a refund, notice must be given to Shelli Grinager at Shelli.Grinager@sdsmt.edu or 605-394-6144 with the cancelation 30 days before camp.

06/19 REGISTRATION
06/26 REGISTRATION

Cost: $650
2022-2023 Grades: 9th-12th
June 19 -23, 2023
June 26-30, 2023

  • Check In Monday June 19 and 26 at 8:30 AM 
  • Hybrid Overnight Camp 
  • Meals are provided during camping days 
  • Parent lunch Reception Thursday 1:00PM

For more information:

Contact Admissions
(605) 394-6144
Youth.Programs@sdsmt.edu


Brought to you by —

The Department of Geology and Geological Engineering, teaching geologygeological engineering and paleontology

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Dr. Ward’s research interests broadly cluster around employing observational seismology to understand tectonic, magmatic, and near surface geological processes.

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Dr. Waldien’s researches Structural geology and tectonics focuses on the long-term structural evolution of orogenic belts.

South Dakota Mines has outstanding facilities for geological research including the Martin Paleontology Research Laboratory and Museum of Geology


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