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Bartell Field Camp

OU Bartell Field Camp

The OU Bartell Field Camp, dedicated in 2011, is home to both the geology and geophysics field courses. The Bartell Field Camp is located on the northeastern edge of the Wet Mountains and overlooks the Cañon City Embayment, a structural reentrant in the Colorado Front Range. Snow‐covered Pikes Peak is visible to the north and the Great Plains to the east. The area is an ideal geological field laboratory – the Phanerozoic section and faults associated with the mountain front are beautifully exposed and available for study. Combined with the near‐perfect weather and closeness to a variety of outdoor activities and metropolitan Denver, it’s no wonder OU students have been coming here since 1950!

The OU Bartell Field Camp is located in the southern foothills of Cañon City, Colorado (5 miles from the heart of Cañon City), and about one hour from Colorado Springs and its major airport. Transportation to camp from Norman is provided, although most students prefer to drive their personal cars. Transportation to camp from the Colorado Springs airport will be provided for students preferring to fly.

The camp consists of a beautiful rustic log dining hall/kitchen/office, study hall, six 4‐student and four 6‐student cabins, two bathhouses, as well as faculty/staff cabins.

The camp is available for use by other university departments and universities. If you are interested in renting the camp, please contact the Camp Director at (405) 325-3253 or geology@ou.edu.

2020 Field Camp Dates

Geology: May 18 - June 25
Geophysics: May 18 - June 5

How to Apply

  1. Complete and submit OU Field Camp Application by Feburary 1st
  2. Include an unoffical transcript with your application. 
  3. IF admitted, non-OU students need to complete the Undergraduate Visitor Admission to the University of Oklahoma. You must create a login, select the Norman Campus, select Summer Semester, and choose to submit either your transcripts or a Letter of Good Standing

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General Information

GEOLOGY 4136, Field Geology, is a six-week, six-credit undergraduate course that begins late May of 2020.

The course has four principal goals.:

1. To give students the ability to observe and record field data – to “read the rock record” – and to interpret those data while at the same time keeping their observations and interpretations separate.

2. To give students an appreciation for geologic field work in all its forms – mapping, section measuring, collecting geophysical data, etc. – and the limitations of field work and field data.

3. To foster in students a sense of teamwork, which most of them will deal with throughout their professional careers.

4. And finally, to give students the opportunity to practice the geological techniques and see the geological concepts they have been learning about since becoming majors.

Following a brief introduction to the regional stratigraphy and structure of the Cañon City area and the field techniques they will be using, the students embark on a number of field exercises varying from detailed to reconnaissance and stratigraphic to structural. Classic (Brunton, pace, Jacob’s staff) and modern (GPS) field techniques are employed to map on topographic maps and aerial photographs and images. The curriculum includes detailed stratigraphic measurements of the Phanerozoic rock  sequence in the area, three major mapping projects of increasing complexity, and individual mapping projects near and around camp. One day local fieldtrips to Leadville and Cripple Creek mining districts and the Pikes Peak Batholith will look at the Colorado Mineral Belt, and trips to Colorado Springs and the Garden of the Gods will explore the Laramide stratigraphy of the Front Range. One week of camp is devoted to a regional trip that will tie in larger scale structural geology to the main study area in the Wet Mountains. In 2015 this regional trip visited Yellowstone, Rocky Mountain, and Grand Teton National Parks to map glacial and  structural features.

****Students who enroll in either course are expected to have completed courses in physical geology, mineralogy, petrology, paleontology, stratigraphy, and structural geology. ****

GEOPHYSICS 4133 is a three-week, three-credit hour course that begins late May 2020. This is the capstone course in geophysics and provides a synthesis of geophysical and geological concepts learned during the degree program. Geophysical methods are applied to study diverse topics such as environmental contamination, tectonics, and geological structure. Field methods include seismic exploration, electrical resistivity tomography, gravimetry, magnetics, ground penetrating radar, and GPS. The acquired data are processed and interpreted, and the integrated results are delivered in a final presentation. 

****Students who enroll in either course are expected to have completed courses in physical geology, mineralogy, petrology, paleontology, stratigraphy, and structural geology. ****

The OU Bartell Field Camp is located in the southern foothills of Cañon City, Colorado (five miles from the heart of Cañon City) and about one hour from Colorado Springs and its major airport. Transportation to camp from Norman is provided, although most students prefer to drive their personal cars. Transportation to camp from the Colorado Springs airport will be provided for students preferring to fly.

The OU camp consists of a beautiful rustic log dining hall/kitchen/office, study hall, six 4‐student and four 6‐student cabins, two bathhouses, as well as faculty/staff cabins.

Meals are provided on field days and leftovers and snacks are available on “off” days. Many restaurants are available in Cañon City for students who want a break from being on the mountain.


Courses are physically demanding, and students should be in good health and capable of strenuous hiking in rugged terrain while carrying a daypack and field gear. Students will be required to carry their own water and daily gear with them while in the field. Please contact the Camp Director with any questions regarding these requirements

If you are in need of accommodations on the basis of disability, please contact the Camp Director at (405) 325-3253, as soon as possible. The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity institution.

 

Tuition & Fees

Room & Board**

Total Estimate

Resident Geology (6 hours)

$2,800.00

$2,100.00

 $4,900.00

Non Resident Geology (6 hours)

$5,900.00

$2,100.00

 $8,000.00

Resident Geophysics (3 hours)

$1,500.00

$1,050.00

 $2,550.00

Non Resident Geophysics (3 hours)

$3,000.00

$1,050.00

 $4,050.00

**Please note that equipment will be loaned to students to use while at camp. Any damage to the equipment will be billed to the student after the completion of camp.