Hydrogeology Field Camp ESci 4971W/5971

  We are presently fully subscribed.  
Check with alexa017@umn.edu for availibility
as there is some flux in students yet.

photo by Logan Jacobs 2017

2020 Camp Dates: July 12th to 31st, 2020

See "How to Apply" for application form.

Enrollment is limited to 30 students in order to 
maintain a low student to instructor ratio.

All three weeks will again be held at Deep Portage and our Akeley Field Site.

Due to CoVid-19 this summer's camp will be held on-line.

This field camp makes an effort to be accessible.

Our field area is relatively level grassy terrain and 
most wells are within a 2 to 3 acre area.
Deep Portage, our housing provider, meets ADA accessibility standards.

We will work with you to try to meet special needs or accommodations. 
Please contact us with specific questions.

Our staff work with the University of Minnesota 
Office for Equity and Diversity
utilizing Best Practices and Universal Design.

New in 2019:
Three dimensional glacial geologic mapping utilizing 
LiDAR, gamma logging of wells, rotosonic core and soil pits,
combined with dGPS and total stations.

New in 2017:
We are working with the International Association for Geoscience Diversity (IAGD)
to create an accessible field camp. www.theiagd.org

For 2017 we spent the entire 3 weeks at Deep Portage 
and at our Hydrogeology Field Site near Akeley, Minnesota.

Four new wells completed into the till between the
unconfined surficial aquifer and deep confined aquifer
and a second deep monitoring well installed.

New in 2016:
New deep monitoring well ready for confined aquifer tests.

We installed a full meteorology station
and will be adding a new module on 
evapotranspiration and ground water recharge.
New in 2015:
We have drilled a rotosonic core to bedrock (490 feet down)
and set a screen in the deep confined aquifer at 210-230 feet
for a new pumping well.

A three week program offered each summer as either 
4 credit, writing intensive field course or as a 
2 credit graduate level course.

We are currently working to make this field camp fully accessible for individuals with disabilities.  
For questions on accessibility, 
please contact Scott Alexander at alexa017@umn.edu.



An intensive three week field course (ESCI 4971W for 4 undergrad credits and 5971 for 2 graduate credits) that is offered each summer, typically from mid-July through the beginning of August.  This 3 week field camp focuses on our field site near Akeley, MN in a glacial/fluvial aquifer system.

The course is designed to teach students how to evaluate hydrogeologic problems by collecting and analyzing hydrogeologic, physical, and chemical field data.  Students gain proficiency using state-of-the-art equipment as they study the surface and subsurface flow within an heavily instrumented ground water flow system.  

Specific field laboratories and field camp features include:

  • Hydrogeologic mapping and surveying using precision GPS and conventional surveying tools.
  • Surficial geologic mapping of glacial sediments.
  • Recognition, location and manipulation of hydrologic features and information in a GIS environment on laptops.
  • Application of LiDAR data to field mapping and analysis of hydrogeologic environments.
  • Water quality sampling: sampling, field tests, chemical analysis, interpretation and reporting.
  • Drill rig observation: split-spoon sampling, description and textural analysis, observation of well construction.
  • Bore hole geophysical techniques.
  • Single- and multiple-well aquifer testing techniques and data analysis using conventional and computational methods.
  • Analysis and identification of Quaternary glacial deposits.
  • Evapotranspiration and ground water recharge monitoring.
  • Stream gauging and surface water monitoring.
  • Analyzing Ground water/surface water interactions including lakes and wetlands.
  • Groundwater flow and pump test modeling using field data.
  • Time for write-ups and extra-curricula activities (e.g., beach volleyball, biking, canoeing, wood tick theater, climbing wall, ...)
  • Accommodation at Deep Portage Conservation Reserve for the 3 weeks where all meals are prepared for us and various resources are provided including a great common hall for work and play, a beach volleyball field, dorm rooms for about 5 students each, fire places, internet + phone access, an indoor climbing wall, and much more.

Contact Scott Alexander at alexa017@umn.edu for more information.