U.S. Field Camp Attendance Continues Upward Climb

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Friday, November 4, 2011
US Field Camp Attendence
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Attendance at U.S. field camps reached 2,525 in 2011, up 10 percent from 2010. Field camp attendance for 2011 was reported by 94 of the existing 118 U.S. field camps. (Some field camps run on alternating years). Recent increases in field camp attendance are attributed to both increased overall attendance as well as the addition of new and existing field camps to the U.S. Field Camp database. A total of 94 field camps have consistently reported field camp attendance data for the past five years (2007-2011), and 76 field camps have consistently reported attendance data for the past 10 years (2002-2011). In both cases, overall attendance has increased steadily: 37 percent over the past five years and 53 percent over the past 10 years.

Where do field camps take place?

Although field camps are operated by geoscience departments across the United States, a large proportion of field camps sites are located in the west, namely in Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, Utah, and Montana. However, some field camps also occur in the eastern part of the United States.Darker colors on the map represent a higher concentration of field camps occuring in a state. Grey indicates no data.

The US. Field Camp database is maintained by Dr. Penelope Morton at the University of Minnesota Duluth. To make sure your field camp is listed, or to report your field camp attendance, please contact Dr. Morton at pmorton@d.umn.edu.