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USGS Geocamp


Explore your World

The United States Geological Survey and the West Virginia Geological & Economic Survey have teamed up with West Virginia University to initiate the Appalachian Geoscience GeoCamp this summer. Students will explore concepts and skills related to the earth sciences, including orienteering, topographic and geologic mapping, forest ecology and more. The GeoCamp experience will go far beyond indoor lessons and lectures by putting learning into the field alongside experts, to create hands-on experiences that allow students to explore possible future interests and careers.


This 8 day, 7-night summer adventure will be sited at WVU's Outdoor Education Center and on the campus of West Virginia University, with lodging in yurts and campus student housing. The forests, rivers, caves and terrain around Morgantown provide a perfect environment for exploration and learning while immersed in nature. The GeoCamp will take a non-traditional approach by integrating field-based earth science and mapping lessons with outdoor adventures. Students will learn about the natural world all around them while physically engaged in rock climbing, rafting, cycling and more. In addition to being highly engaging teaching tools, these outdoor activities provide opportunities for self-discovery and personal growth.

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The Appalachian GeoScience GeoCamp is designed to engage high school students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) through outdoor recreation and adventure-based activities. Participants will engage in the discovery of natural science, with a strong emphasis on observational, surveying and mapping skills and methods. The GeoCamp will give participants tools to better understand the world they live in, and will seek to ignite interest in GeoSTEM career paths.


Teaching Methods 

Students will learn about earth science while immersed in natural Appalachian environments through guided field surveys, guest lectures and field trips centered around the WVU University Forest near Morgantown, WV. The GeoCamp will be facilitated by WVU’s Adventure West Virginia Program. In addition, the students will have guest field activities led by participating guest scientists from the USGS and the West Virginia Geological & Economic Survey. We will provide the students with the best available opportunities to learn through hands-on experience and exposure to different activities such as rock climbing, whitewater rafting or caving, with a specific geoscience and mapping focus.  


Tentative Activities and Topics

• Climbing and Understanding Rocks
• Cave Exploration and Formation Processes
• Rafting and Geologic Structure Analysis
• Hiking and Orienteering on Topographic Maps
• Cycling and Geologic Framework Mapping  

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