NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY
- FARGO, N D
In Spring, 2013, the NDSU Department of Geosciences offered a 2-credit, field experience course. This 9-day, "spring break" course centered on the geology of the Big Island of Hawaii. Our central goals included studying the volcanic, soil, climatic and cultural aspects of this dramatic landscape.
Travel to and from Fargo was via air to Kailua-Kona. Field travel out of Kona was in rental vans, and field accommodations was in tents (student-provided) at public or private campgrounds, or in cabins. Although the weather was overall favorable for field studies, we were prepared for the unpredictabilities of March travel: rain was encountered, and it was cool at elevation. Provision for meals was the obligation of each participant.
Students participated in a weekly class meeting before the trip (attendance required; no class meetings after field trip) and through contributions of a guidebook chapter and presentation of a detailed field talk during the field trip.
A field trip fee was applied to defer the expenses of this trip.