University of Kansas Field Camp
The University of Kansas Field Camp has been operated by the Department of Geology since 1922 and jointly by the Geography and Geology Departments since the 1960’s. The camp is situated 13 miles north of Cañon City, Colorado along Fourmile Creek in beautiful Garden Park. The camp consists of permanent facilities that will accommodate some 30 students and includes four cabins for students, bathroom and shower facilities, a classroom/dining hall, and residences for faculty and teaching assistants.
The summer session of Geography Field Camp runs for three weeks from late July to early August. Two weekend trips away from camp provide opportunities to see some of the best places that southern Colorado has to offer. Past weekend trips have included hiking around St. Elmo (an old mining town) in the Collegiate Peaks, tours of Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, and camping at Great Sand Dunes National Park.
The activities undertaken at field camp are intended to give students hands on experience with field research techniques. Traditionally students have been broken up into groups to focus on an assigned research task. Research in the past has included soil surveys, vegetation surveys, studies of water use in Garden Park, the growth of recreation tourism in the area, and the changing landscape within Garden Park.