SAGE attendees will do coursework in and around Santa Fe, New Mexico USA. The group will spend ~2 weeks in a campground in the Jemez Mountains. Then the group will stay in the dorms at the Santa Fe Indian School.
We ask that all participants make arrangements to travel to Santa Fe, New Mexico. The closest major airport is Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Required Camping & Field Gear*
*Note: We encourage participants that do not already own camping equipment to ask friends, family, and/or fellow students for items to loan before purchasing new gear just for SAGE. Select outdoor suppliers (e.g., REI) will rent camping equipment (although the REI in Santa Fe does not offer this service). The SAGE outfitter will have a limited supply of spare camping equipment available on a first-come, first-served basis. The outfitter will only bring spare camping equipment if requested, so you must contact SAGE faculty at least two weeks in advance if you would like to reserve equipment with the outfitter. Please send a list of requested items to firstname.lastname@example.org.
These items are not required but may be useful to bring or purchase in Santa Fe:
Following acceptance into SAGE, participants will be asked to provide a $750 USD registration fee. This fee is used to help pay for food, materials, and accomodations throughout your time at SAGE.
Can I get credit from my college or university for taking SAGE?
You may be able to use SAGE for college credit by enrolling in an independent study course at your home institution. Please check with your academic advisor and make arrangements for this prior to attending SAGE. Following completion of the SAGE program, the faculty will provide a suggested grade to your home institution based on your final report, presentation, and performance throughout the program.
Arrival & Departure Dates
SAGE 2022 will officially begin at 8:00am on Wednesday, June 15 and end at 5:00pm on Tuesday, July 14. We ask that all participants make arrangements to arrive in Santa Fe, New Mexico by 8:00pm on Tuesday, June 14. Participants should make arrangements to depart Santa Fe any time on Wednesday, July 15.
What if I arrive late?
If you know ahead of time that you will be arriving late, please contact SAGE faculty immediately so that we can make alternate arrangements.
Will SAGE reimburse travel expenses?
No. SAGE participants are responsible for arranging and paying for all travel to and from Santa Fe.
Can I bring my personal car to SAGE?
Yes. Due to limited parking spaces at the campground, personal vehicles cannot be parked at the campsite overnight. They will instead be stored in a secure parking lot that is a 15-minute drive from the campground. The Santa Fe Indian School has a large, secure parking lot adjacent to the dorms where you will be staying.
Where will we be staying?
SAGE provides lodging for the duration of the program, from arrival on the evening of June 14 to departure on the morning of July 15. The night of your arrival in Santa Fe will be spent in a hotel booked by SAGE. The following morning we will move to a campground in the Jemez Mountains. After two weeks of camping, we will move back to Santa Fe and stay in the dorms at the Santa Fe Indian School for the remainder of the program.
Will I have a roommate?
Yes, at the Santa Fe Indian School and in the hotel on the first night. Each student is required to bring their own tent for camping.
What is provided at the campground?
We will be staying at a public, front-country campground in Bandelier National Monument. The campground has running water, pit toilets, picnic tables, and shade shelters. A shower trailer with hot water will be provided.
What is provided in the Santa Fe Indian School dorms?
Each dorm room has a twin bed, desk, dresser, chair, and closet for each roommate, as well as a shared sink. Full bathrooms (shower and toilet) are shared between adjacent dorm rooms. Sheets, linens, and towels are provided. The dorms have free, 24-hour laundry facilities, but detergent is not provided. WiFi and cell phone service are available throughout the dorms.
Does SAGE provide meals?
Yes. SAGE provides breakfast, lunch, and dinner for every day of the program (with the exception of the July 4th holiday). We ask that participants notify the faculty ahead of time if they have any allergies, dietary restrictions, or food preferences so that we may inform the food service staff in advance.
Will I have a secure place to store electronics and valuables?
Yes. While we are camping, we will have a secure location available for you to store your laptop and other valuables. SAGE has never had a problem with theft of personal belongings at the Santa Fe Indian School, but the dorm room closets are equipped to be locked with a padlock if desired.
How do I get mail at SAGE?
If you absolutely must receive mail while we are camping, please contact the faculty ahead of time so that we can make special arrangements. To receive mail or packages while we are in Santa Fe, please use the following address:
Your name/SAGE 2022
c/o Conferences and Special Events
Santa Fe Indian School
1501 Cerrillos Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87502
Should I bring a laptop/personal computer?
YES! SAGE participants spend the last week of the program writing a technical report and preparing a PowerPoint-style presentation. The faculty will provide a handful of computers for data processing and analysis, but these computers will not be available for writing reports or making presentations.
What if I don't own any camping equipment?
SAGE requests that all students bring a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and other personal equipment for the camping portion of the program (please see complete list above). If you do not own some of the required items we recommend the following solutions:
Can I purchase camping equipment in Santa Fe?
If you would like to buy camping equipment after you arrive in New Mexico, please make arrangements to do so before the start of SAGE on the morning of June 15th. We will head directly to the campsite that morning and there will be no time to shop for camping gear.
Should I bring my rock hammer / Brunton compass / hand lens?
You are welcome to bring these items for use on the geologic field trips or during your free time. These items will not be required for the SAGE field work. If you choose to bring a rock hammer, please remember to put it in your checked baggage.
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