Frequently Asked Questions


Arrival/Departure Dates

SAGE 2019 will officially begin at 8:00am on Monday, June 17 and end at 5:00pm on Friday, July 12. We ask that all participants make arrangements to arrive in Santa Fe, New Mexico by 8:00pm on Sunday, June 16th. Participants should make arrangements to depart Santa Fe on Saturday, July 13.

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. Keep in mind that due to limited parking availability at the campsite, personal vehicles will be left in a secure parking area about 15 minutes drive from the campground.

Lodging & Meals

Where will we be staying?

SAGE provides lodging for the duration of the program, from arrival on the evening of June 16 to departure on the morning of July 13. 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.

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.

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.

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 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 2019 

c/o Conferences and Special Events 

Santa Fe Indian School 

1501 Cerrillos Road 

Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87502 

What To Bring

Please see What To Bring for a complete list of required and recommended items.

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 have a handful of personal computers available for data processing and analysis, but the ability to loan these computers out to participants for individual work on their reports and presentations will be extremely limited.

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. If you do not own some of the required items we recommend the following solutions:

  • Borrow equipment from friends, family, and/or fellow students
  • Rent equipment from an outdoor supply store (note that REI Santa Fe does not offer this service)
  • Contact SAGE faculty at least two weeks prior to SAGE to arrange for an equipment rental through the camp outfitter.

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 17th. 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 and/or your days off. 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!

Can I get credit from my college or university for taking SAGE?

You may be able to enroll in an independent study course at your college or university. Please check with your advisor. Following completion of the SAGE program, the faculty will provide a suggested grade to your home institution.