University of Missouri

Wind River Mountains

We are no longer taking applications for Summer 2016

Camp Branson Summer Field Course is Full

2016 INFORMATION - Dates, Area, Prerequsites, Tuition & Fees

Camp Dates: May 29th - July 9th - Schedule Summer 2016

Location and Surrounding Area


WY Line MapWY Map Camp Location









The Branson Field Laboratory is about 10 miles southwest of Lander, Wyoming in Sinks Canyon of the Wind River Mountains. The camp is in the Shoshone National Forest about a half mile from the trailhead into the Popo Agie Wilderness Area.

Further information on the surrounding area and overviews of the camp are available from the following links:

Other maps showing the camp's location

Links to nearby National Parks

Information about the Wind River Range

Information about the Lander area


We expect you to have completed courses in Historical Geology, Structural Geology, and at least one of the following courses: Stratigraphy, Sedimentation, or Petrology (including a sedimentary rock component).


Tuition and Fees Summer 2016

Expense Cost (USD)


College of Arts and Science Fee 180
Field Transportation


Room and Board**


Textbooks 160
Computing Fee 82
Total 4,532

*The tuition is the same for Missouri resident & non-resident students.  It may vary slightly from this amount (+/-)

**Room and Board costs are based on 20 meals per week


Round Trip Transportation and lodging from Columbia (MO) to Camp Branson (WY)

Round trip transportation and lodging from Columbia, Missouri to the Branson Lab $250. The vans leave Columbia on the morning of Friday, May 27th and arrive in camp on the afternoon of Sunday, May 29th. They leave camp on the morning of Sunday, July 10th and arrive in Columbia on the afternoon of Monday, July 11th. The fee includes two night's lodging during the trip to camp and one night's lodging on the return trip. One-way travel on the vans is $150.


The books included in the textbook fees noted above are:

  • Tucker, Maurice E., 2011, Sedimentary Rocks in the Field: A Practical Guide, Wiley-Blackwell, 288p.
  • Love, J.D., Reed, J.C., and Pierce, K.L, 2003, Creation of the Teton Landscape, Grand Teton Natural History Association, 132p
  • Lisle, R.J., Brabham, P. and Barnes, J.W., 2011, Basic Geological Mapping, Wiley-Blackwell, 230p
  • We also provide a hardcover field notebook for each student, and a 3-ring binder to keep all your lecture materials


The computing fee covers all computer access, supplies, and computing in camp, including  access to the Internet, e-mail exchange, and storage and CD burning of your digital photos.


We have had an excellent record of safety at Camp Branson.  However, safety in the field requires an understanding of the hazards, attention to your environment, and knowledge of what to do in case you or one of your partners gets in trouble.  This brief summary is designed to acquaint you with some of the potential hazards, symptoms of problems, and simple precautions you should take in the field. (Click here to view/download file).


Geology Field Camp | Department of Geological Sciences | 101 Geology Building | Columbia, MO 65211-1380
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