Project Description

In light of a changing COVID-19 landscape, including the rapid spread of more contagious Delta and Omicron variants, and in accordance with the recommendation of national medical experts, IFR policy requires that prior to traveling, all field school students must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 AND receive a booster shot, if eligible. If you intend to participate in an IFR program this summer, we strongly encourage you to schedule your vaccination appointment as soon as possible.

All IFR field school applicants should familiarize themselves with IFR COVID-19 Practices before beginning the enrollment process. Program logistics are subject to change as health and risk management experts provide new recommendations and best practices. Each field school syllabus includes specific information about COVID-19 as related to travel regulations and recommendations, accommodations, local protocols, face mask policy and managing COVID-19 cases or outbreaks.


The Amache Archaeology and Heritage Management Field School is part of a long-term community collaborative project at Amache, a World War II-era Japanese American confinement camp in southeastern Colorado. This project provides a rare opportunity for students to work with survivors in synergistic investigations of the past and its meaning in the present at a National Historic Landmark. Working on-site and in the Amache museum, participants in the field school, gain hands-on experience in intensive site survey, historic artifact analysis, ground penetrating radar, landscape archaeology, collections management, public interpretation and outreach, and community-based research.

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Course Details

  • Course Dates: June 12-July 9, 2022

  • Enrollment Status: Closed

  • Total Cost: $4,100

  • Course Type: Historical, Community/Public, Field Archaeology

  • Payment Deadline: April 15, 2022

  • Instructors: Dr. Bonnie Clark and Dr. April Kamp-Whittaker

  • Online Orientation: May 10, 2022 at 5 pm PT/ 6 pm MT/ 8 pm ET
  • Academic Credit: 8 Semester Credit Units (equivalent to 12 Quarter Units)

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The directors welcome emails and inquiries about the research elements of this project. More general information (tuition, health insurance, and payment schedule) can be found under the ‘Students’ tab above. Any further questions may be addressed to IFR staff. Additional details about research, course schedule, travel, accommodation, and safety can be found on the syllabus. Contacting the directors or the IFR office is encouraged and appreciated. It may help you determine if this field school is a good fit for you.

Dr. Bonnie Clark
Dr. Bonnie Clark
Dr. Clark is an Associate Professor in the University of Denver’s Anthropology Department. She is focused on using the tangible past – artifacts, architecture, settlement patterns – to tell a more inclusive history of western North America.
Dr. April Kamp-Whittaker
Dr. April Kamp-Whittaker
Dr. Kamp-Whittaker is a post-doctoral fellow in the University of New Mexico Department of Anthropology.


I wanted to learn the basics of being an archaeologist, and I got so much more than just that. The field school really affirmed by choice of major and future career, while also introducing me to such a remarkable part of history and its descendant community.

2018 Field School Participant

The instructors are careful to make certain students understand why each decision is being made. This is also an exceptional site and an unusual research model that gives students extraordinary opportunities to play an active role in the development of projects and research.

2018 Field School Participant

I would definitely recommend this field school, especially to someone who is interest in WWII history, Asian American studies, and/or someone who would like to work in archaeology or museums. It was a very well-organized program located in a small town with the constant involvement of the Amache community.

2018 Field School Participant

Tuition Includes:

  • Cost of Instruction
  • Cost of Academic Credit Units
  • Room & Board
  • All Local Transportation

Student Fees

This program requires an online application — there is a $25 fee to submit an application. Once admitted, a payment of the nonrefundable deposit fee is required to secure a place in the program(s). The Tuition balance (total program cost minus the deposit fee) must be paid prior to the Tuition deadline as listed above under “Course Details.” A $100 late fee will be added to all accounts not paid in full by the Tuition deadline.

Deposit: A nonrefundable $500 deposit fee is required to secure a seat in the program. This deposit is part of the total Tuition and NOT in addition to it.

Withdrawal & Cancellation Policy: If you paid the deposit fee but did not cancel your participation by the Tuition payment deadline, you are legally responsible for the full Tuition regardless of attendance at any IFR program. Please carefully read our Withdrawal & Cancellation Policy for further information. In the event that IFR must cancel a field school, all accepted students will be notified as soon as possible and will receive a refund of all tuition paid including the deposit fee. IFR offers students the opportunity to transfer to another field school, permitting that there are spots available and the program director approves the student to participate in their field school. Upon approval of the program director, IFR staff will make the arrangements to transfer the student’s application and payments.

Credit Card Processing Fee: A 3.5% processing fee is automatically incurred for all credit/debit card/online payments.

Academic Credit Opt Out: Students who wish to participate in an IFR field school without earning academic credit units may do so and receive the following discounts: $300 off a full program (4 or more weeks in length) or $200 off a short program (2-3 weeks in length).

Trip Cancellation Insurance: Please consider purchasing a travel interruption insurance policy that will cover your travel cost and the cost of the IFR program once you make a commitment to attend a field school.

The added risk of COVID-19  should be a “covered event” in your policy.
Please note that the cost of coverage varies, based on your age, the program duration and geographical location.
You may get help and advice from your insurance broker and we offer the links below to help you educate yourself on these insurance products.
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The field school operates out of a crew house located on the grounds of the Granada School and the Amache Preservation Society Museum. The Crew House contains restroom/shower facilities, a kitchen, large communal room, an office, and 2 sleeping spaces reserved for visiting researchers. All individuals will remain masked when in the Crew House.  Students will be camping behind the Crew House in a shaded lawn space. Individual tents will be provided to students, or you may choose to bring your own small tent. All meals will be communal and food for lunch and breakfast is provided in a serve yourself system. Evening meals will be prepared by a cook who can accommodate specific food needs or allergies. We will eat most of our meals outside on picnic tables weather permitting. Students will have opportunities to purchase their own snacks and additional necessities either in the local convenience store or on trips to stores in nearby towns. Students will rotate through shared responsibilities for the maintenance of the Crew House including setting up for meals, dish duty, and cleaning shared spaces.

All participants in a field school, students and staff, will wear masks while indoors (i.e. during lectures, during labs, in shared residential spaces, etc.).

Travel Info

Due to ongoing uncertainties regarding the travel regulations related to COVID-19, IFR will assess the local conditions closer to the travel date (5–6 weeks prior to the program beginning) and will make Go/No Go decisions then. We urge you to participate in the mandatory orientation meeting when we will discuss the latest travel information and regulations. We also suggest you consider postponing the purchase of your airline ticket until after the program orientation.

For the Amache field school, students are required to arrange their own travel to the Denver metro area, arriving during the morning or early afternoon of June 12, 2022. Our field school is located in southeastern Colorado. Currently there are no travel restrictions or quarantine orders in place for the state.

Students who are driving may meet on campus. Students who are flying into Denver may either arrange their own transportation to the University or work with project staff to be picked up at the airport. Project staff will assist you in your travel plans. If you missed your connection or your flight is delayed, please call, text or email project director immediately. A local emergency cell phone number will be provided to all enrolled students.

On the morning of June 13, we will be meeting at the University of Denver to travel to the field site as a group. Students with a car in Denver are permitted to drive to the field site in Granada, Colorado as part of the field school caravan on June 13, but must be present for orientation on the 12th.  During transportation both from the airport and to the field site in enclosed vehicles participants will need to remain masked.

We will travel from the field house to the site each morning following a short crew meeting. Students will travel in a vehicle with members of their immediate work team. All individuals will remain masked in the project vehicles and we will travel with the windows open to improve air circulation. Vehicles will not be filled to more than 50% of capacity. Students can also travel to the field site in their personal vehicles if they have one.


No visas should be required unless you are a not an American citizen and require one to enter the country to attend the field school. In those cases, please check with the U.S. Consulate in your home country.

Student Safety

The IFR primary concern is with education. Traveling and conducting field research involve risk. Students interested in participating in IFR programs must weigh whether the potential risk is worth the value of education provided. While risk is inherent in everything we do, we do not take risk lightly. The IFR engages in intensive review of each field school location prior to approval. Once a program is accepted, the IFR reviews each program annually to make sure it complies with all our standards and policies, including student safety.

Students attending IFR international programs are covered by a comprehensive Health Insurance policy that includes physical illness or injury, mental or chronic conditions. No deductible and 100% of costs are covered up to $250,000. In addition, we provide Political and Natural Disaster Evacuation policy, which allow us to remove students from field school location if local conditions change. Our field school directors are scholars that know field school locations and cultures well and are plugged in into local communities and state institution structures.

Students attending IFR domestic programs (within the US) must have their own health insurance and provide proof upon enrollment. IFR field school directors are familiar with local authorities and if in need of evacuation, local emergency services and/or law enforcement will be notified and activated.

The IFR has strong, explicit and robust policy towards discrimination and harassment in the field. If students feel they cannot discuss personal safety issues with field school staff, the IFR operates an emergency hotline where students may contact IFR personnel directly.

Call us at 877-839-4374 or email us at if you have questions about the safety of any particular program.