About the Camp

LSU maintains a rustic camp facility in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains south of Colorado Springs, Colorado. The site has been used for field geology courses since 1928. LSU purchased the camp property in 1954 from the Keeton brothers whose father homesteaded the area in the late 1800s. Remnants of the old homestead still stand in various places on the property.

About Charles Barney

The LSU Geology Field Camp opened in 1928 and serves a vital role within the College of Science and the College of Engineering. The field camp gives Geology and Geophysics students, as well as Petroleum Engineering students, the opportunity to take their learning experience beyond the classroom; to explore the complex natural structures and mechanisms which form the blueprint for planet Earth. In addition to its priceless quality as a teaching environment, the field camp also serves as a critical recruiting tool for LSU’s science and engineering programs.

Thanks to Charles Barney’s generosity, the field camp now has a perpetual source of funding for the future. This return will be used each year by the Charles Barney Geology Field Camp Program to pay for operating expenses, facility improvement, and staff salaries for faculty who work at the camp. Barney is a former LSU football player who played on some of LSU’s most successful teams in the 1940s. Additionally, he is an United States Navy veteran of World War II’s Pacific Theatre. 

Following the war, Barney made a mark in the petroleum industry, serving as a key figure in the Mobil and Superior Oil corporations for several decades. Barney now runs his own business based in Houston, Mark I Enterprises, which invests in oil and gas as well as real estate.

Contact Information:

Heather Lee
Administrative Program Specialist
Department of Geology & Geophysics
E235 Howe Russell Kniffen Bldg
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Dr. Amy Luther
LSU Field Camp Director
Department of Geology & Geophysics
E235 Howe Russell Kniffen Bldg
Baton Rouge, LA 70803