The Charles Barney Geology Field Camp: Over 80 years of EXCELLENCE | LSU Department of Geology & Geophysics

Field Camp

GEOL 3666 dates: May 30 - July 11

Senior Field Camp will be held at camp in Colorado Springs, CO.

Applications are due to Dr. Amy Luther by March 1, 2021.

Scholarship application due to Dr. Amy Luther by March 15, 2021.


Introductory Geology Field Camp

The format of the course will be a hybrid telecourse with a field camp based component. Students will receive credit for all of their introductory physical and historical geology lectures and labs (a total of 8 credit hours). This class is primarily intended for incoming first year students, but current LSU students as well as non- Geology majors are welcome to take the class as well. The final three weeks will take place at the LSU Geology Field Camp in Colorado Springs, CO and all travel related expenses will be covered with no additional cost to the student beyond the normal tuition and fees related to these courses if they were taken at the LSU campus.

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Applications were due by March 1st, but we are still accepting late applications, please contact us ASAP!

Introductory Geology Field Camp Application

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. The field camp gives Geology and Geophysics 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. Our field camp is a priceless to have as a teaching environment.

Thanks to Charles Barney’s generosity, the field camp now has a perpetual source of funding. 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 was a former LSU football player who played on some of LSU’s most successful teams in the 1940s. Additionally, he was 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 then ran his own business based in Houston, Mark I Enterprises, which invests in oil and gas as well as real estate. Mr. Barney passed away December 3, 2017.

Contact Information:

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