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When: August 17-23, 2017

Cost: $100 (includes transportation and meals)

What is GEOFYRST? Geologic Experience Outdoors: the First Year Regional Summer Trip is a six-day, pre-semester field trip exploring the geology of New York and the Northeast. On past trips, we have visited the Barton Garnet Mine in the Adirondacks, a world-renowned outcrop for geologists in the Hudson Valley, and the beaches of Cape Cod. Students will be immersed in a unique learning environment while forming close bonds with other incoming students. The outdoors will be our classroom! It's a camping trip, so be ready to live in tents for six days. Don't worry if you have never camped before. Camping experience is not required. See the photos below from previous trips!

Students will drop off their personal belongings in their dorm room on August 17 and meet in room 208 of Science 1 for a 12pm departure. We will be traveling in mini-vans and camping for the next six days. We will return to campus on August 23, move-in day, so you can meet your roommate and unpack your belongings. Transfer students living on campus will be on campus before their orientation and may have to attend an earlier orientation or help faculty and staff with the freshmen orientation.

All first-year students (incoming freshman and transfer students) are invited to apply regardless of your major. Students on the field trip will register for the same Introduction to Geology (Geol 120) course in the fall semester.

The trip is limited to 18 students and the application deadline is August 5 - submit your paperwork early! Here is a flyer with additional information!

If you have questions about the program, please email

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Barton Garnet Mine

Stark's Knob

Whiteface Mountain

Camping in the Adirondacks