Field Trips

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Regional Geology

All geology majors, combined majors, and minors are required to take Geology 358 (Regional Geology). Each semester the department takes a four day field trip an area of geologic interest in the Northwest. Students taking Geo 358 are required to write a paper summarizing the geology seen on the trip or take a test on the material. Other students can (and do) go on the trips for the field experience (Geo 158) and are graded on their field notebooks. Most students attend these trips as often as possible for the experience, but also because they are a lot of fun! Valuable field skills are learned on these trips that cannot be taught in the classroom. As a result of this type of learning experience, as well as the many field trips taken in labs, Whitman geologists tend to excel in their later endeavors at field camps and graduate schools.

STUDENTS: Dates and Location of regional trips are announced at the beginning of each semester. Trip logistics are handled by the Geology Technician. If you are interested in going you must register for Geo 358 or 158 online AND notify the Geotech that you will be attending

Recent Regional Geology Field Trips
Academic YearFall SemesterSpring Semester
1999-2000 Northern Idaho Okanogan Highlands, Washington
2000-2001 Baker Terrane, Central Oregon Baker, Izee, and Olds Ferry Terranes, Central Oregon
2001-2002 Newberry Caldera and Basin and Range Province, Oregon Oregon Coast, from Lincoln City to Newport
2002-2003 Newberry Caldera and Steens Mountain, Oregon From the North American Craton to the Wallowa Exotic Terrane: The Suture Zone, Idaho
2003-2004 City of Rocks, Idaho South Central Oregon
2004-2005 San Juan Islands, Washington Glacier National Park, Montana
2005-2006 Snake River Plain, Idaho Southeast Oregon
2006-2007 North Cascades, Washington Oregon Coast
2007-2008 City of Rocks, Idaho Central Oregon
2008-2009 Newberry Caldera, Oregon Steamboat Rock, Washington
2009-2010 Glacier National Park, Montana Hells Canyon, Idaho/Oregon
2010-2011 Mt. St Helens, Washington, John Day Country Oregon Coast
2011-2012 John Day, Oregon
2012-2013 Newberry Caldera, Oregon City of Rocks, Idaho
2013-2104 Steamboat Rock and central Washington Owyhee, Oregon and Jordan Craters
2104-2105 Okanogan Highlands, northern Washington 

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