During the field school the students and staff live at the campsite about 3 km south of the field site, on the opposite side the Peace River. Students must bring their own sleeping bag, air mattress, towels, and other personal items (shampoo, soap, etc.), and a tent. Shared tents are available for students that do not have a tent. A shower facility, kitchen, lecture room, a lab building, and outhouses will be constructed at the campsite. Lights and electricity are run through a generator that is turned on at 6:00 am and shut down at 11:00 pm. There is no internet or cell phone reception at basecamp. Students are able to access these resources a few miles down the road. Students and staff will take turns cleaning and caring for the campsite. Coin laundry is available in the town of La Crete and a nearby gas station.
The field school team prepares well-balanced, nutritious meals twice a day (breakfast and dinner) in the kitchen building. Since these are group meals, individual dietary needs cannot be accommodated, although there are a number of meat or dairy, vegetable, and starch (rice, potatoes, bread, etc.) choices. Lunches are packed in the morning and are taken to the site along with water containers.