The Ice Age Floods Institute (IAFI) was founded in 1995 as an educational nonprofit.  Major accomplishments since inception are the formation of ten chapters across Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana with a large and diverse membership.  IAFI was instrumental in the 2009 passage of the federal designation legislation authorizing the National Park Service to establish the Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail (IAF-NGT). This significant milestone elevates the IAFI role as a primary private sector partner in the development and implementation of the Trail management plan.

IAFI is a strong organization with enthusiastic leadership and a long serving dedicated Board of Directors.  IAFI is recognized as the official authority on the Ice Age Floods, providing accurate/scientific-based advice to its members and stakeholders.  The chapters, operating at the local level, offer monthly opportunities for members and the public to learn about the Ice Age Floods. 


IAFI is committed to being the recognized advocate, educator and marketer of the Ice Age floods experience as a significant international natural and cultural heritage phenomenon.

Current IAFI Priorities

  • Strengthen the Institute administratively and financially.
  • Form appropriate partnerships and sponsorships with ensuing revenue generation.
  • Expand Institute collaboration in development of interpretive projects.
  • Expand the role in the education and advocacy of the ‘floods story’.
  • Develop the organization and Trail brand.
  • Proactively market the Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail experience.