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Geology Rocks! Summer Camp

Are you ready to dig into Geology?

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 Black Hills region makes Geology Rocks! a one-of-a-kind camp available only at South Dakota Mines. Topics that students will learn about -- through real experiences or hands-on learning activities -- include:

1. Discussion of minerals, rocks and fossils, and their relation to Black Hills geologic history
2. Basic geologic concepts
3. Topographic and geologic map use as well as compass navigation
4. The importance of water both to society and geologic processes
5. Mineral exploration and extraction
6. Rock and mineral collection! 

The Geology Rocks! summer day 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. Potential field trips include:

7. An active gold mine
8. A cave tour
9. The Mammoth Site
10. Badlands National Park
11. Many other sites of geologic interest throughout the Black Hills 

The experiences in this camp will inspire students to better understand the natural world and to be able to interpret the stories that are contained in the rocks and landforms around us.  

ENROLLMENT PROCESS:

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

  1. Submit the online registration
  2. Make full payment. Camper’s spot will only be held for two weeks by registration unless payment is made
  3. Submit waivers

Cancellation Policy:

To receive a refund, notice must be given to Shelli Grinager at Shelli.Grinager@sdsmt.edu or 605-394-6144 with the cancelation 30 days before camp.

Camp Interest Form

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Summer Camp Interest Form

Cost: $200
2021-2022 Grades: 8th-12th
Date: June 20 - June 23, 2022

  • Day Camp 8 AM to 5 PM
  • Lunch is provided
  • Registration 7:30 AM Monday June 20 
  • Parent Reception Thursday 1 PM

For more information:

Contact Admissions
(605) 394-6144
Youth.Programs@sdsmt.edu


Katzenstein, Kurt

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The Department of Geology and Geological Engineering, teaching geologygeological 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!   

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


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