Geology Rocks!
Field Camp teaches the value of Geosciences


RAPID CITY, S.D. - A new academic summer camp took 14 high school students from throughout South Dakota and around the country out of the classroom and into the field this summer to learn about rocks, geology, and the career opportunities that can come from a degree in geology at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology June 9-14.

Geology Rocks! Youth Field Camp in the Black Hills is designed and taught by Dr. Kurt Katzenstein, assistant professor of geology and geological engineering at the School of Mines.

"This camp provides high school students the opportunity to learn about potential careers in the geosciences," Katzenstein said. "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 and paleontological resource management."

The camp was made possible by the generous sponsorship of Continental Resources, a petroleum producer and the largest leaseholder in the Bakken Oilfields. Glen Brown, the Vice President of Geology at Continental Resources, spoke with the campers about opportunities and careers available to geosciences degree holders.

The camp included field trips to public and private employers of geoscientists, including the Rapid City Water Treatment Facility, the Black Hills Institute of Paleontology, The Sanford Underground Lab, and Pacer Minerals, a producer of commercial mica and feldspar in Custer.

"Experiences like these will hopefully inspire students to complete degrees so they can fill important jobs in the minerals industry, a staple in the Black Hills for over 125 years," Katzenstein said.

South Dakotan students participating in the camp included Ethan Cinco of Lennox, SD and Benjamin Rust of Yankton, SD.

Campers from out-of-state included Adam D'Amato of Grand Rapids, MI; Sarah Weber of Laramie, WY; Malcolm Goodwin of Lewisville TX; Zachary Chriesman of Dallas, TX; Lauren Hall of Corpus Christi, TX; Thomas Parker of Houston, TX; Esben Pedersen of Kingwood, TX; Luke Walsh of Elgin, NE; Anna Steinberg of Aspen, CO; Laura Philips of Perry, KS; Alec Arnold of Glenrock, WY; and Victoria Karnes of Otley, IA.

For more information on this and other School of Mines camps in 2014, interested students, parents, and counselors may call (605) 394-2693. Updated information will be posted at as it becomes available.

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Chris Marshall

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