On most days we depart for the field at 7:45 a.m. All travel is in university-owned, 2-way radio-equipped Suburbans that seat up to nine passengers. Most of the field areas are less than 45-minutes drive from the Field Station. Most work is done in small groups of 10-18 students with two or three 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 for field safety. We are usually away from the vehicles for 8 or 9 hours each day. We typically arrive back at IUGFS around 5:30 p.m.
Dinner is normally served at 6:30 p.m. Faculty are available in the Lodge and Classroom to answer questions and help you during quiet hours from 8 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. There are occasional evening lectures, but most nights there is time planned to follow up on that day’s field work.