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Field Trip FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions - All Trips

When can I register for a trip?

Typically, registration opens 3 to 4 weeks into the semester.  You can register at any time after the link becomes active.

Does it cost anything?

No, unless you want to eat something.

Do I get extra credit?

It depends on your instructor. Ask them or look at your syllabus.

Can I just show up to attend any trip?

You can try this but may not get a space depending on how full the trip is. Those that register (and confirm their registration for bus trips) get priority for space on any trip.

What if all the trips are full or I cannot go because my schedule won’t allow it?

You need to talk to your instructor. Many of them will allow you to do something else for extra credit such as go to the museum and write a report about the geology related exhibits. Others may not—sign up early for the trip you want. There is also an alternative option for a virtual field trip for off-campus trips.

Is there a waiting list?

If the trips are full, your name will be placed on the waiting list for the trip.  Some on the waiting list can go on a trip but maybe not at their preferred time.  You will be notified by email about whether or not you can go on a trip.  Often we do not get cancellations until the day of the trip.  So, pay attention to your email and you might get a late notification that there is space available.

On Campus Building Stone Trips

How long do these last?

About one hour.

Where do we meet?

In the lobby of Science and Research 1 (S&R 1 - building 550 on the campus map) near the elevators.

Will the trip be held if it is raining?

Your TA will always be in the lobby to let you know if the trip will be held. We try to go rain or shine. Sometimes, if there is a thunderstorm or heavy rain, the trip can be rescheduled for the next week.

Museum Trips

Where do we meet?

We meet at the museum. You are responsible for getting yourself there by car or bus or going with a friend. Detailed instructions will be emailed to you before the trip.

How long do these last?

About 2 ½ to 3 hours.

What exhibits do we see?

We visit various parts of the permanent exhibit halls.  We do not visit Imax movies, butterfly hall, planetarium or any special exhibits.

Can I bring a friend, family member, child, etc.?

Maybe.  This is up to the field trip leader.  Most will allow someone to accompany you, so long as they are not going to interfere or be distracting.  This is usually arranged when you get to the museum.

Off-Campus Field Trips

Why does my registration say pending?

In order to get an accurate count of the number of students, we ask all students to confirm their participation two weeks before the trip. So, until you confirm your participation, your registration will be pending. You cannot confirm earlier than two weeks.

If I do not confirm my registration or if my registration is canceled, can I still attend?

Maybe, it depends if there is still space on the bus and/or vans. Get to the bus early and you will be first on a waiting list.

Can I drive myself and meet the trip at its first stop?

No, UH liability insurance will not allow us to have drive on your own.

Can I be picked up at the last stop?

Maybe.  This is often difficult to arrange for as we do not know in advance when the trip will be finished.  Please discuss this with the professor leading the trip.

Can I bring a friend, family member, child, etc.?

No. Only students registered for GEOL 1330, 1130, 1340 and 1376 can go.

Do you provide food?

No, you are responsible for your own food.
On the Central Texas trips, we will stop at places to get food or you can bring your own.
On the Galveston trips, typically you will need to bring your own lunch.

Do I need any special equipment?

No, but be prepared for the weather. If it is cold or rainy, you still have to get off the bus and look at the rocks and/or beaches.

Can I wear flips flops or sandals?

No, all of the trips require some walking over rough terrain. Please wear sneakers or lightweight trail shoes.

 Where do we meet?

The bus will be at the circular drive behind S&R 1 (building 550 on the campus map) that is on Entrance 14 Rd. off of Cullen Blvd. Generally you may park anywhere on campus on Saturdays except when there is a football game.  If there is a football game, we will meet at Entrance 1 by the Campus Rec Center (building 522 on the campus map).  A few days before your field trip, you will get an email about where to park on campus.

What time does the bus leave?

Typically, the bus will depart at 6:00am for Central Texas trips and at 8:00am for Galveston and Houston area trips; check the email for your trip to confirm. Whatever time is listed is the departure time.  Be there 15 minutes early to be sure you get your seat.  You should check in and get on the bus before that time! 

What if I work and can't go on an off-campus field trip?

There is now a virtual field trip with videos to watch and images to interpret. If you complete the questions and interpretation, your professor may give you some extra credit for doing this.