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lodge dining hall

The heart of the Field Station is the Charles F. Deiss Lodge, the focus for meals, recreation, study, and evening work sessions. The Lodge houses the dining hall and kitchen, which employs a staff of two cooks and three or four kitchen helpers. Students are NOT responsible for any aspect of Station maintenance or food preparation. Hot meals are provided for breakfast and dinner every day, and abundant and diverse choices are available for making your own lunch. The Field Station was operating at near-capacity during most of July and August, 1999, when we were feeding about 100 people per day.

Mail is picked up Monday through Friday in Cardwell, and distributed to a mailbox in the Lodge. During the summer, the Field Station Assistant runs a small store for items such as pens and pencils, erasers, notebooks, postage stamps, and other things. The Lodge is also the location of the two phones (one pay phone, one credit card phone) available to students. In addition, an extensive library of textbooks, theses, and reprints pertinent to Northern Rockies geology is found in the Lodge. When special questions come up, the large geological library of Dick Gibson, the Resident Manager of the Field Station, is also available.

view of fireplace inside the lodge

The Lodge also holds what is arguably one of the coolest fireplaces anywhere. Check it out for yourself! In addition, a recently installed radiant heating system provides warmth on those mornings when the fire alone won't quite suffice.

Another large metal building serves as an operations center for some of the environmental programs, as well as a maintenance workshop and garage. The Field Station complex actually includes 17 separate metal dorms, offices, and other buildings, six mobile homes for faculty and kitchen staff, 8 tent cabins, the Resident Manager's house and garage, and the Lodge.


The Judson Mead Geologic Field Station of Indiana University is in the Tobacco Root Mountains, 40 miles southeast of Butte, Montana, and 65 miles west of Bozeman.

Charles Vitaliano lecture hall

A separate metal building houses the Charles J. Vitaliano Lecture Hall, where occasional evening lectures and other meetings take place. A smaller room in this building is the Computer Lab, where an Internet connection is made available to students for checking E-mail. This location also houses our permanent Magellan GPS base station, which was donated to the Field Station by David Rutledge and Ashtech, Inc. The computer and GPS station will be used in support of research based at the Field Station.

inside view of new dorms

Students are housed in insulated metal dormitories while at the Field Station. All the upper campus and lower campus dormitories were installed with heat during the summer of 1996. Major renovation to the men's dorms now provides individual rooms with a pair of bunks in each, for a total capacity of 20 beds in each of two large dorms. Six eight-person dorms are located on upper campus as well as lower campus, and, thanks to a generous gift from alumnus Rocky Orgill, all dorms, offices, and the lecture hall were refinished with paneling on the inside walls in spring 2002. Another gift from Rocky, together with Maintenance Fund monies, will be used to completely refurbish the bath houses in 2003. Smaller metal dorms and wood-frame cabins with canvas tent covers are usually used for staff and visitors. Ample hot showers are available in three washrooms which are separate from the dormitories. New water heaters and large holding tanks were installed a few years ago. Coin laundry facilities are also available, including dryers—but clotheslines are also available for drying on a sunny day. Many of these improvements are supported by our Maintenance Fund Endowment.

Recreational facilties in the Lodge include a piano and a ping-pong table, while outside we have a volleyball court, paved basketball court, horseshoes, and plenty of room for frisbee. On especially hot days, hardy souls have been known to swim in Lake Mead, a small pond on the campus, and a jog up the Pony Road or a walk by the South Boulder River are further local options. On Saturday nights, a VCR/TV is made available for watching rented movies.