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Geology Rocks! Summer Camp

Are you ready to dig into Geology?

Students in this hands-on career camp will experience all of the geology the Black Hills area has to offer. Get ready to sleep under the stars and camp in the Black Hills as you make friends and learn about geology and geological engineering!

From the ancient rock layers of the Black Hills, to the crystals and natural formations of area caverns and the fossils in the Badlands, the unique geology of the area makes Geology Rocks! a one-of-a-kind camp available only at SD Mines. Topics that students will learn about -- through real experiences or hands-on learning activities -- include:

  • Discussion of minerals, rocks and fossils, and their relation to Black Hills geologic history
  • Basic geology
  • Topographic maps
  • Geologic maps
  • Water
  • Geologic hazards such as: landslides and volcanoes
  • Geology of the Black Hills
  • The creation of mountains and land-forms

The Geology Rocks! summer camp provides high school students with the opportunity to learn about potential careers in the geosciences.  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. 

The experiences in this camp will inspire students to complete degrees so they can fill important jobs in the minerals industry under the scope of geology and geological engineering. 

ENROLLMENT PROCESS:

All prospective campers must complete the following items before their summer camp application will be evaluated.

  1. Submit the online registration.
  2. Submit a Student Interests Statement along with the online registration. In no more than 400 words, answer the following in a short essay:
    • More about you and your interests
    • Why you want to attend this camp and what you hope to learn
    • What attributes you bring to the camp
  3. Provide contact information (name, email and phone number) of a trusted teacher so that we can ask that they complete a brief recommendation survey for the student.

It's important to note that acceptance into each camp is not guaranteed. Evaluation and notification will take place for each student after the registration form, personal essay, and teacher recommendation are completed and returned to SD Mines Summer Camps. 



REGISTER NOW Payments and Forms

Date: July 12-17, 2020
Cost: $995
Grades: 9th-12th   

  • Includes camp, activities, supplies, room and board
  • $300 registration deposit, applied to cost of program  
     

    For more information:

    Admissions 
    (605) 394-2414                                            Youth.Programs@sdsmt.edu 


Katzenstein, Kurt

Brought to you by —

The SD Mines Department of Geology and Geological Engineering,  teaching geology, geological engineering and paleontology

The Geology Rocks! Camp is directed by Dr. Kurt Katzenstein who is involved in important research assessing natural hazards such as landslides and rockfalls.  A true rock expert!


SD Mines has outstanding facilities for geological research including the Martin Paleontology Research Laboratory and Museum of Geology.


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