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Garfield Avenue project affects travel on lower campus. The project is expected to be completed in fall 2018. Please allow extra time when traveling to see us!

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Where learning comes naturally

The world is a geographer’s classroom! You can study beautiful natural landmarks right around Eau Claire like the Chippewa River — or on travels to places like Hawai’i or France. You’ll research these landmarks using the latest equipment like unmanned aerial systems (UAS), global positioning system (GPS) and ground penetrating radar (GPR). Studying these places is a blast, whether by hiking, paddling a canoe or even boating. After seeing the sites and gathering data you’ll take your findings back to one of the department’s state-of-the-art curricular or research labs equipped with the top-notch hardware and industry standard software. All of these facilities and equipment come together to provide you geographical insight found nowhere else.

Geography students taking canoes out for research.

Learning from our world

Listed below are just a few of the places you’ll get hands-on geographical field experiences.

  • Chicago, IL
  • Chippewa River, Eau Claire WI
  • Crystal Cave, Spring Valley WI
  • Door Peninsula, WI
  • Duluth, MN
  • Ecuador
  • France
  • Hawai’i
  • Honduras
  • Lake Superior, WI/MN/MI
  • National Weather Service, Chanhassen MN
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Putnam Park State Natural Area, UW-Eau Claire campus
  • Texas
  • Turkey

The geographer's fieldwork toolset

A wide range of equipment is provided for geography and anthropology students. Listed below are a few examples.

  • canoe
  • Dell rugged laptops
  • geoprobe
  • global positioning system (GPS)
  • ground penetrating radar (GPR)
  • Microsoft surface pro
  • unmanned aerial systems (UAS)
  • zodiac boat and trailer


We are fortunate to have a river, stream, and a 230-acre park that we get to learn from right here on our campus. That is why sustainability has a special place in our hearts at UW-Eau Claire.

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