Field School Equipment List

Warm, comfortable, quick drying! Layers are good because it's often cool in the morning but warm at mid-day.
Rain Gear
Bring a good quality rain suit (not a poncho). Most folks prefer pants with suspenders and a coat with a hood. Many of these are bright orange with reflective safety stripes on them. This makes it much easier to see you in the bush!
Regulations stipulate that you must wear safety boots (green patch toes and soles) when in the field. Waterproof or rubber boots are available at every safety shoe store and many students – and instructors – prefer them. It is suggested you have ankle high boots rather than shoes.  "Bama" socks are great, especially when the boots are a little loose.    Example - workboot example
Hard hats are a must. (Face screens/ear protection aren't necessary in first year.)
High Visibility or a Cruising vest (with pockets, etc.)
You must have your own compass. Either the Silva Ranger or the Suunto MC-2 model is acceptable; there are no substitutes. This is one of the most important pieces of equipment you will ever own.
Safety Glasses
Buy a pair that are comfortable and fit well.
Pack Sack
Fill it with plant collecting gear (see below), clipboard with a cover (keeps the rain/dew out of your notes), a whistle, bug repellent, a thermos, and a good nourishing lunch!
There is an ATM on campus.
Students staying in Residence need to clarify when their meal plan begins and what the cafeteria hours are. They will make you a box lunch if you are going to be off-campus, but you must order it 24 hours ahead of time. Use website to put in your order.
Plant Collecting supplies
Masking tape for labeling samples, pocket knife, and small trowel. Anvil style, hand held, good quality clippers are necessary to ensure clean cuts and minimal damage to the tree. Bring a small notebook for writing down field info.

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