The road log is now available:  82nd_FCOPG_Roadlog

The guidebook is now available: 82nd FCOPG Guidebook

The Field Conference is full; however, we are still accepting registrations.  If interested please send in your registration and keep your options open for the weekend of October 5-7.  We will get a few openings as time goes by.

There are still about 10 reserved spots for students available.  These will be reserved until Sept 15 and then opened to general registration if any openings remain.

The 82 Annual Field Conference of Pennsylvania Geologists is open for registration.

The Field Conference has returned to State College for the first time since 1985 and an ambitious schedule is planned.

The conference will run 4 buses that will be split into two groups.  On Friday, both groups will visit the same sites but in roughly reverse order.  On Saturday there will be two different trips.  One trip will focus on Ordovician carbonate stratigraphy and on the engineering and  environmental problems associated with the sulfide-rich rocks uncovered during the construction of  I-99 at Skytop.  The other trip will concentrate on groundwater, karst and environmental issues in the State College area. Please select your preference on the registration form  If one trip fills up more quickly,  later registrants will be automatically enrolled in the other.  However, we will keep waiting lists in case of openings in your preferred trip.  You can not switch trips in midday.  There will be some overlap between the trips at lunch time.

Eight preconference trips are available this year and range from ancient archeology to mapping with drones.  Descriptions are in the attached announcement.  Select your preference on the registration form. After registration, additional information will be forwarded by the trip leaders.

The headquarters this year is the Ramada Inn and Conference Center (814-238-3001) located in State College.  The room rate is $82+tax.  Please mention the Field Conference when making your reservation.  There is no separate government rate this year.  Rooms will be held until September 5.    Parking is available on all sides around the hotel.

The registration fee this year is $250 and includes two breakfasts, two lunches, the banquet dinner and the usual assortment of doughnuts and drinks.  Because of the need to wait for all mailed checks and registrations to arrive, we will not announce who is in and who is on the waiting list until next Monday.  Additional updates will be sent on the following Mondays.  The guidebook will be delayed this year.  We will send an announcement as soon as available.

Download  the Registration Announcement here FCOPG-Announcement2017

82nd Annual Field Conference of Pennsylvania Geologists, 2017

Recent Geologic Studies and Initiatives in Central Pennsylvania

State College, PA October 5-7, 2017

Ramada Inn and Conference Center; Room Rate $82.00 plus tax.

1450 South Atherton Street, State College, PA Phone 814-238-3001

Hosts: The Pennsylvania Geologic Survey, Pennsylvania State University

We will be splitting into two groups on day one. We will be running both groups to the first stop on Day 1 (Friday morning) for a brief orientation on the geology (emphasizing the stratigraphy, structure and geomorphology) of Nittany Valley, from the Joe Hayes look-out on Tussey Mountain.  Thereafter Group 1 will proceed on the Shale Hills Critical Zone Observatory for the rest of the morning and relocate at the Pavilion for lunch at nearby Lake Perez.  Group 2 will drive onto Huntingdon to examine outcrops of the Marcellus Shale, plumose joints in the Brallier Sandstone, and thin-skinned deformation in the shoaling upwards tidalite cycles of the Wills Creek Formation. Then Saturday groups will be segregated into disciplinary preferences themes of (a) Environmental/hydrogeology or (b) stratigraphy/engineering geology.


Pre-conferences field trips may include:

Pb-Zn deposits in Sinking Valley (George Pedlow).

The Middle Ordovician Carbonate Section exposed in Rte 453 road-cut at Union Furnace (Chris Laughrey, Jaime Kostelnik and John Harper).

Sinkholes and Drone development for mapping (Doug Miller).

Artifacts and the source materials in Centre County (Barry Scheetz).

The Arboretum at Penn State (Staff plus Duff Gold).

Kayaking Bald Eagle Creek (Rose-Anna Behr and Albert Mabus )

Bilger’s Rocks  (Bill Bragonier)

Horseshoe Curve and Hughes Borehole (Steve Lindberg)


Thursday Night Call for Posters or Vendors: If you are interested in presenting a poster, becoming a sponsor, or having a vendor table during the Thursday night reception please contact Kristen Hand,, 717-702-2046.