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Field Courses in Geography

Geography has long enjoyed a tradition of field study, and many geographers consider field work to be an essential skill in their trade. VU Geography is pleased to embrace this tradition through its many exciting field study opportunities. In addition to the numerous field trips conducted as a part of courses like Geomorphology and the Regional Geography of the United States, the Department offers a number of individual field courses under the GEO 385/585 listing. Specific courses include the following: Indian Reservations, Yellowstone, The Sonoran Desert, Volcanic Craters and Shield Volcanoes on the Big Island of Hawaii, and Glaciers of Alaska. See below for a detailed listing of upcoming and past courses offerings.

The past several Spring Breaks, VU field courses have visited the Sonoran Desert in southern Arizona (including Saguaro and Chiricahua National Monuments), the Grand Canyon (and other national park sites in Arizona, including Canyon de Chelly and Petrified Forest), the major Indian mound sites of the South (including Cahokia, Russel Cave National Monument, and Etowah), and the volcanoes and lava flows of the Big Island of Hawaii. In past summers students have toured the eastern half of the historic Oregon Trail, following its course into Wyoming, visiting Yellowstone National Park and Devils Tower National Monument before returning east via the Black Hills and Badlands of South Dakota.


Glaciers of Alaska Geo 385/585 (3 credits)

Volcanic Craters and Shield Volcanoes on the Big Island of Hawaii Geo 385/585 (3 credits)

Sonoran Desert GEO 385/585 (3 credits)

Field Study: Plains Indians: Conflicts, Resistance, and Reseravations

This field course will leave Valpo, drive to the Great Plains, and visit the main "battle" sites of the Plains Indians--a revisit of "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee." We will investigate the following sites: Fort Sill (Geronimo), Washita, Sand Creek, Fort Robinson, Little BIg Horn, and Wounded Knee. We will also visit, and in most cases stay at the following reservations: Crow, Northern Cheyenne, Pine Ridge, Rosebud reservationa dn trust land of the Kiowa Commanche and Apache.

Students need the permission of Dr. Ronald A. Janke to take the course. phone 219-464-5139. Class size is limited.

Past Courses

Field Study: Yellowstone National Park GEO-385-A (3 credits)

This course introduces students to the basics of field observation methods through a sampling of several important historic and geologic landmarks in the West. The trip may include stops at:

    Chimney Rock National Historic Site, Nebraska
    Scotts Bluff National Monument, Nebraska
    Independence Rock State Historic Site, Wyoming
    Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
    Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
    Devils Tower National Monument, Wyoming
    Custer State Park, South Dakota
    Badlands National Park, South Dakota

There are especially good hiking opportunities at a number of these sites, especially Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and Custer State Park. Previous groups have enjoyed some excellent hikes and have even seen a bear and her cub!

Class size will be limited, with Prof. Kilpinen accepting deposits early in the Spring Semester. The cost of this trip will be $500, which includes transportation, lodging, guidebook, and entry fees. For more information, visit the Yellowstone field course on-line preview.



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