Fieldwork Excursions

Field excursions are time consuming and expensive, and often the first activity to be cancelled when budgets are tight. However, every geologist knows that an immense amount of learning occurs from the “doing”.

We offer whole day field excursions within your school area between Easter and October half term, providing the perfect opportunity for pupils to match theory to reality. Field excursions are usually run over a whole school day and pupils will have the opportunity to undertake different types of Earth science field work and use a wide range of data gathering techniques.

If you are booking a field trip, transport needs to be arranged by the school for the students. In certain circumstances we may be able to provide additional spaces.

We are able to accommodate up to 30 pupils for River fieldwork, and up to 40 pupils for all other types of fieldwork, providing there is enough transport.

Each course is accompanied by a risk assessment and the expected degrees of difficulty in terms of the terrain are identified.

Available Excursions
  1. Geological mapping
  2. Sediments & structure
  3. River processes
  4. Glaciated landscapes
  5. Coastal environments
  6. The basics of soils
  7. Vegetation and carbon productivity
  8. Evidence of Earth forces
Advanced Higher Field Skills

GeoBus offers an introductory course on field skills which includes taking field notes, information on recording data, and an introduction to a range of Earth science field techniques.

This course can be run for a maximum of 40 pupils (with 3 accompanying teaching staff) and can be arranged so that Advanced Higher pupils from several schools participate to make the most out of the experience.

Each course is accompanied by a risk assessment.

Field camp

The next GeoBus field camp will run from 25th – 29th June 2018 with costs subsidised by sponsorship (food and board inclusive).

Field camp is an excellent opportunity for pupils aged 16+ to gain new field skills, expand their geology knowledge, meet new people, and have a taster of university life. This selection of photos/quotes from previous years gives an idea of what to expect:

If you have any queries or questions, or for more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Jen Brooke at

Field Camp 2018 Flyer

“It was vary fascinating I really enjoyed all aspects of the day, particularly I loved learning about the fault line.”