Field Seminar Details

Signing Up

Complete the registration form and liability waiver and return the information to us via mail or email. Seminars are limited to 8-12 participants and fill up quickly. Become a member of Verde Valley Archaeology Center at enrollment to receive a discount on seminar fees as well as in the Center gift shop.

Course Information Packet

When you sign up for a field seminar, you will receive a seminar itinerary, area maps and a list of local accommodations. The Field Institute's sponsoring accommodations are the Camp Verde Days Inn and the Copper Canyon Inn in Camp Verde.

Cancellation Policy

A full refund will be issued if cancelled 14 days prior to the start of the seminar. No exceptions can be made to this policy. If we cancel a seminar you will receive a full refund.

Course Cancelled Due to Inclement Weather

Due to the potential for flash flooding and the slippery nature of soil with high clay content, seminars may be cancelled in the event of wet weather. If we cancel a seminar you will receive a full refund.

Water and Transportation

Water and transportation is provided for field seminars to and from the Archaeology Center in Camp Verde. Participants are responsible for transportation to the Center. We encourage participants to bring their own snacks. We provide at least a liter of water per person.

Age Limits

The physical demand and academic nature of some courses determine the age limits. Field seminars cannot accept children younger than 12. All children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Seminar fees are required for both the child and the adult. Refer to course descriptions for other limitations.


Pets are not allowed on field seminars.


Participants must assume full responsibility for their own safety and provide their own health and accident insurance. Every effort will be made to avoid and prevent mishaps. The liability waiver must be signed to participate.

Physical Requirements

Walking and hiking at elevations above 3,000 feet require participants to be in good physical condition. Day hikes will range from two to five miles. Please refer to course descriptions and keep in mind your own physical fitness and experience level.

Experience and Equipment

Experience and equipment requirements are determined by the various seminars offered. Please refer to the course descriptions.

Weather and Elevation

The average elevation is 4000 ft. High desert weather can be highly unpredictable. There is little to no shade and temperatures can elevate to near 100 degrees during the day and drop to the mid 50’s at night. Monsoon storms with lightning can approach fast and cause flash flooding conditions, even when the immediate area is not receiving any precipitation. Sunscreen, hats and plenty of water are recommended year round. The high desert of the Southwest can be a challenge for those unused to the unique environment and conditions.

Be Prepared

The high elevation, dry heat and no shade can quickly take its toll. Please be prepared with sunscreen, hats, sturdy closed-toe shoes, insect repellent and at least a liter of water or more per person.