A standard field day begins with a wake-up bell at 6:30 a.m., and at 7a.m. breakfast is served. Beginning about 6:30 a.m., lunch makings are available.
On most days we depart for the field promptly at 7:45 a.m., and normal return time is 5:30 p.m. All travel is in University-owned radio-equipped 9-passenger Suburbans. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. Most of the field areas in which we work are within a 45-minute drive of the Field Station, and we are typically away from the vehicles until the end of the day.
Work is usually done in small groups of 10-15 students with two or more faculty/staff per group, and student-staff ratios are always maintained at a level of about 7:1 or better to ensure extensive one-on-one teaching.
Faculty are typically available in the Lodge to assist you from about 8 p.m. until 10 or 10:30 p.m. A few evening lectures are given, but this time is usually devoted to follow up on the day’s field work.