Thompson Field Forums

Thompson Field Forums

Thompson Field Forums are named in honor of James B. Thompson, Jr., a GSA benefactor and professor emeritus at both Harvard and Dartmouth.

Field Safety Guidelines
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GeoCorps™ America


GeoCorps America is a program of the Geological Society of America, which 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.

Field Camp Excellence Award

This $10,000 award is given each year to a geology field camp to assist with the summer field season. It is based on safety awareness, diversity, and technical excellence.

Field Camp Scholar Award

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. Application period opens in February.

Bighorn Basin Field Award

This Field Seminar in the Bighorn Basin of north-central Wyoming emphasizes multi-disciplinary integrated basin analysis for undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty.
Not available for 2018


The best geologist is the one who has seen the most rocks. The same can be said for Earth science teachers. There is no better classroom for learning geology than out in the field with GSA's Teacher Field Camps.


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.