Field Experiences

GeoCorps™ America


GeoCorps America is a program of the Geological Society of America that partners with the BLM and U.S. Forest Service to offer short-term, paid geoscience opportunities on federal lands.

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NPS Geoscientists-In-the-Parks


The National Park Service (NPS) Geoscientists-in-the-Parks (GIP) program works with partners to match people ages 18–35 years old with short-term, paid, geoscience and STEM opportunities with NPS.

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GSA/ExxonMobil Bighorn Basin Field Award


No longer accepting applications for 2019.

Field Dates are 5-12 August 2019.

This Field Seminar in the Bighorn Basin of north-central Wyoming emphasizes multi-disciplinary integrated basin analysis for undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty.

​GSA/ExxonMobil Field Camp Excellence Award


No longer accepting applications for 2019.

This $10,000 award is given each year to a geology field camp that clearly focuses on the fundamentals of geologic mapping and field methods to assist with the summer field season. It is based on safety awareness, diversity, and technical excellence.

Field Camp Scholar Award


No longer accepting applications for 2019.

This award is for undergraduate students to attend summer field camp. Students will be awarded $2,000 each to attend the field camp of their choice based on diversity, economic/financial need, and merit.


Let the Earth be Your Teacher

The very first EarthCache ("EarthCache I" [GCHFT2]) was placed by user "geoaware" on 10 Jan. 2004 on a headland in New South Wales, Australia. Since then, more than 6.3 million people have logged visits to EarthCache sites, and the number is growing exponentially. GSA is very proud to be part of the exciting geocaching community and hope we can continue to add value and wonderful Earth science experiences through the EarthCache program.

Thompson Field Forums

Thompson Field Forums

Age and Carving of Grand Canyon: Towards a resolution of 150 years of debate.
Grand Canyon, USA. 14–21 September 2019

The GSA Penrose Conferences and Thompson Field Forums are undergoing an upgrade. The new proposal process will be rolled out in fall of 2019! As of November, 2018 we are not accepting new proposals. Look for additional information at GSA 2019 Phoenix, 22-25 September. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Becky Sundeen ().

Iceland Field Trip

In conjunction with and sponsored by the 2019 Northeastern Section meeting.
Principal organizer: Brennan Jordan, University of South Dakota

The Iceland Field Trip is Full. If you are interested in being placed on the wait list, please contact the trip leader, Brennan Jordan.

Trip Information

The Formation and Evolution of a Young, Dynamic, Volcanic Island
3–14 July, 2019, Iceland