Keweenaw Peninsula Alumni Field Trip, August 24-26, 2012

Enjoy a weekend reliving the fun and memorable moments of geology field studies as the College of Natural Science and the Department of Geological Sciences host a field trip for alumni and friends! We will meet in Houghton and spend two days learning about the Keweenaw Peninsula region while renewing old friendships, making new ones, and finding out about the latest developments in the department.

Join us for a weekend in Copper Country! Space is limited to 40 alumni so register today.

Geology Field Trip 2012

August 24-26, 2012

Keweenaw Peninsula, MI

The Keweenaw Peninsula contains the remnants of the Midcontinent Rift System, which was on the scale of the modern Gulf of Aden-Red Sea Rift. It almost separated the North American craton into two continents one billion years ago and was the last major tectonic event to affect the Midcontinent USA. The native copper hosted by the rift deposits triggered a major human migration in the 1840s that was on the same scale as the California gold rush.

Led by Professor Emeritus Bill Cambray and Assistant Professor Tyrone Rooney, the field trip will highlight the evidence used to interpret this area as the southern margin of the rift and its subsequent deformation into the Lake Superior Syncline.


Friday, August 24

By 6:00pm Arrive in Houghton

6:30pm – 8:00pm Welcome reception & overview at the Franklin Square Inn

Saturday, August 25

8:30am – 5:30pm Excursions to various Keweenaw sites. Transportation & lunch provided.

6:30pm – 9:00pm Reception & Dinner at the Franklin Square Inn

Sunday, August 26

8:30am – 4:30pm Excursions to various Keweenaw sites. Transportation & lunch provided.


Participants are responsible for making their own lodging reservations and transportation to and from Houghton, MI.

Rooms are available August 24, 2012–August 26, 2012 at:


820 Shelden Avenue

Houghton, MI

RATE: $84/night single occupancy plus applicable taxes. Add $8 for each additional guest per room.

RESERVATIONS: 888-487-1700





$275/person if you register by February 3, 2012

$325/person if you register by February 24, 2012

Current members of the MSU Alumni Association will receive a $35 discount off the above rates. Join the MSU Alumni Association and select “Natural Science” as your constituent.

$40/person for Saturday Reception & Dinner Only (for spouses/guests)

Registration includes:

  • Friday evening welcome reception & overview
  • Bus transportation to field sites on Saturday & Sunday. Participants MUST travel to the field sites in the bus; driving in separate vehicles will not be permitted.
  • Saturday & Sunday lunch
  • Saturday reception & dinner
  • Field trip handbook

All Registrations will be handled online. CLICK HERE to register.

If you do not have computer access, please call Elizabeth Wheeler at 517-884-0290.


Your credit card will be charged at registration, and all registrants will receive an email confirmation upon receipt of their registration.

This program is funded solely by registration fees; therefore, a minimum number of participants are required. Any proceeds beyond expenses will go to the Geology Endowed Field Study Fund to support MSU students on future geology field trips. Registration fees are not tax deductible as a charitable contribution. Make an additional contribution to the Geology Endowed Field Study Fund.

All registrants will receive a confirmation from Elizabeth Wheeler, CNS Alumni Relations, by March 1, 2012 noting whether the minimum has been reached and if the field trip will proceed. In the event the minimum is not reached, a full refund will be processed to the credit card originally charged.

No cancellations or refunds will be accepted after February 24, 2012; however, substitutions are welcome.

Questions? Please contact Elizabeth Wheeler via email or (517) 884-0290.

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