Calendar of Events

Apr
28
Fri
LECTURE: MEGAFLOOD PATHWAY DOWN GLACIAL LAKE COLUMBIA FROM CHENEY TO FORT SPOKANE
Apr 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

FREE LECTURE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – Location is JFK Library Auditorium on the EWU Cheney Campus.

Come and hear Dr. Linda McCollum discuss important features along the great glacial Lake Missoula outburst megaflood  pathway traversing diverse landforms beginning with the headwaters to the periglacial scabland terrane through remnants of the megaflood fill at the bottom of glacial Lake Columbia and northward to the southern extent of the Cordilleran ice sheet.

Dr. Linda McCollum has been a Professor of Geology at Eastern Washington University since 1983 and is on the Board of Directors for the Cheney-Spokane Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute.  

Raffle Tickets will be sold to support the educational services of the IAFI Cheney-Spokane Chapter. Winning tickets will be drawn for several prizes, including a photo uniquely printed on aluminum by photographer Dr. Otto Stevens, during the lunch hour at the April 29 field trip.  

This event is co-sponsored with the EWU Department of Geology.

Apr
29
Sat
Frenchman Springs Hike and Field Trip
Apr 29 all-day

The Puget Lobe Chapter is offering a one day field trip to explore Frenchman Springs and Potholes Coulees.  Bus transportation, lunch, and a barbecue dinner overlooking the West Bar Giant ripples is included. (This trip filled quickly- we no longer have open spots available.  We will be offering another trip in the Fall.)

 

Hydrologeology of Beer and Wine
Apr 29 all-day
Hydrologeology of Beer and Wine @ Field Trip begins and ends at The Reach | Richland | Washington | United States

Field trip leader and local geologist George Last will explore the many aspects of the geology and hydrogeology in the lower Yakima River Basin, as they relate to water resources which support local beer and wine industries.  The tour will include the Red Mountain American Viticulture Area, Snipes Mountain Conglomerate, Zillah Rhythmites, Rosa Diversion Dam and the Prosser Irrigated agriculture Research Center. This tour is organized by the Reach in partnership with the Lake Lewis Chapter of the IAFI.  Bus, water and lunch are included.  Duration is 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Columbia Gorge Geology Field Trip
Apr 29 @ 7:30 am – 5:30 pm

Join the Gorge Chapter of Ice Age Floods Institute for a Geology of the Columbia Gorge field trip covering the central portion of the Columbia Gorge. We will explore many interesting geologic features of the Gorge including a volcanic vent, pillow lavas, huge landslides, lava-consumed marshes and forests, lahars and ancient Columbia River channels. We will also explore features and the impact of the Ice Age Floods throughout the area including floods erratics, floods deposits from 12,000 to over 700,000 years ago, kolk ponds and floods cut benches, and much more.

We will meet-up to board the bus at the Cascade Locks Marine Park parking lot and make a circuit covering both the Oregon and Washington sides of the Gorge with stops all the way east past The Dalles. There will be a number of drive-by and off-and-back-on the bus stops, as well as some stops with relatively short walks on good trails.

To join us for this enlightening and informative field trip please Register Online or download and complete the IAFI-CGC Field Trip Registration Form. For more information contact field trip leader, Lloyd DeKay at IAFI.CGC@gmail.com

FIELD TRIP: MEGAFLOOD PATHWAY FROM CHENEY TO FORT SPOKANE
Apr 29 @ 7:30 am – 6:00 pm
FIELD TRIP: MEGAFLOOD PATHWAY FROM CHENEY TO FORT SPOKANE

You will have Dr. Linda McCollum and Michael McCollum leading this field trip down glacial Lake Columbia from Cheney to Fort Spokane. From Cheney, participants will travel west in a deluxe bus to Fort Spokane, then northeast through the Spokane Indian Reservation to Wellpinit.  Here we will hear the Spokane Tribe’s archaeologist give a brief history of archaeological work up to the present of the tribe.  You might even hear a little on the impact of last summer’s Cayuse Mountain fire.  Additionals stops will provide you with important features along the great glacial Lake Missoula outburst megaflood pathway.  This field trip traverses diverse landforms, beginning with the headwaters to the periglacial scabland terrane through remnants of the megaflood fill at the bottom of glacial Lake Columbia and northward to the southern extent of the Cordilleran ice sheet.  

Fieldtrip participants will register and pay a fee ($75 for non IAFI members, $60 for IAFI members, and $35 for students and teachers to reserve a seat in a deluxe bus, have lunch at Fort Spokane picnic area at noon, and take home a detailed field guide.A registration form is attached with much more detailed information and instructions to mail your registration form, Liability form and your check.

Registration Form,#42, IAFICS Spring Field Trip, Fort Spokane, April 29, 2017

Dr. Linda McCollum has been a Professor of Geology at Eastern Washington University since 1983. She is on the Board of Directors of the Cheney-Spokane Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute. Michael McCollum is an earth scientist and also is on the Board of Directors of the Cheney-Spokane Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute.

Raffle tickets are sold at 2017 lectures and on the morning of the field trip.  This raffle supports the educational services of the IAFI Cheney-Spokane Chapter.  Winning tickets will be drawn for several prizes during the lunch hour, including a photo uniquely printed on aluminum by photographer Dr. Otto Stevens.  Plan to bring some extra dollars for the Raffle and a donation for the deluxe bus driver.

This field trip is co-sponsored with the EWU Department of Geology.

Cape Disappointment Geology Rocks! Field Trip
Apr 29 @ 7:45 am – 6:30 pm

Steve Carlson leads a day expedition to follow the geology trail seen by Lewis and Clark to Cape Disappointment, Saturday, April 29. Meet at 7:45 a.m. at the front entrance of the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive.

The Earth Science Rocks! geology tour will visit Cape Disappointment and Lewis and Clark National Park on the Washington Coast. Study the effects of the 1701 tsunami, hike on the Lewis and Clark State Park beach, see pillow lavas that were extruded on the Pacific seafloor 40 million years ago. Measure beach slope, erosion and ocean processes. Visit Long Beach and hike the trail of Lewis and Clark. The return trip will take you through the Cowlitz River area to see the evidence of the 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens. Anticipated return time is 6:30 p.m.

Carlson is a Northwest native and a retired professor of geology. As an excursion leader, he is enthusiastic, informed and will bring new understanding to the fascinating geology of the Pacific Northwest.

The fee is $50 and includes a box lunch and bottled water. Reserve your place by making a $25 deposit by April 24, by calling 541-296- 8600 ext. 201. For more information visit www.gorgediscovery.org.

May
3
Wed
Guest Lecture: Washington’s Channeled Scablands
May 3 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Guest Lecture: Washington's Channeled Scablands @ Whitman County Library | Colfax | Washington | United States

We will be partnering with Whitman County libraries to bring you a talk by author John Soennichsen, who has literally written the book on J Harlen Bretz, the “rebel geologist” who answered the riddle of how the dramatic coulees, gullies, and deserts between Idaho and the Cascade Mountains in Eastern Washington came to be.

Our guest lecturer received his Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Oregon and went on to Eastern Washington University to pursue a Masters in Fine Arts, Creative Writing. He has authored six books, including “Bretz’s Flood” and “Washington’s Channeled Scablands Guide,” which is a comprehensive guide to explore Washington’s Ice Age canyons of wonder, great trails, stunning scenery, and amazing history.

Join us as we cover a brief history of J Harlen Bretz and his scabland research, followed by an audiovisual presentation offering a photographic tour of Washington’s scablands.

May
6
Sat
Dry Falls and the Lower Grand Coulee
May 6 all-day
Dry Falls and the Lower Grand Coulee @ Tour begins and ends at The Reach | Richland | Washington | United States

IAFI vice president Gary Kleinknecht leads this field trip “upstream” into the Lower Grand Coulee.  Participants will visit the Othello and Drumheller Channels in addition to Dry Falls, Soap Lake, Pinto Ridge, the Grand Coulee Monocline and more.  This tour is organized by the Reach in partnership with the Lake Lewis Chapter of the IAFI.  Bus, water and lunch are provided.  Duration is 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

May
13
Sat
“FLOODS, FLOWERS, AND FEATHERS” FESTIVAL & TURNBULL NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE/CHENEY MAYFEST
May 13 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

The festival is open to the public and offers free entrance to the Refuge and free events to families and individuals of all ages.  The Refuge is located 4.2 miles south of Cheney off Cheney-Plaza Road.  Enjoy spring by experiencing and learning about the exceptional wildlife, habitats, and geology of the unique Channeled Scablands landscape, including Aquatics Invertebrates, bird and plant walkd, bird banding, fire demonstration, live raptors, photography walk, a Refuge Management tour and an Ice Age Floods Institute geology tour.  Some activities require reservations.  Go to www.fws.gov/refuge/Turnbull or call Turnbull NWR at 509.235.4723 for more information and for events requiring a reservation.

MayFest activities in Cheney include booths and displays:  CWMA -Weed Management, Ducks Unlimited, EWU synamncut, EWU Biology Department, Friends of Turnbull, IAFICheney-Spokane Chapter and West Plains Beekeepers, to name a few.  

Enjoy a wonderful spring day outdoors in the remarkable environment whether in Cheney (Gateway to the Channeled Scablands) or at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge.

May
15
Mon
Mt. Baker’s lahars: Puget Lobe Chapter IAFI
May 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Mt. Baker's lahars: Puget Lobe Chapter IAFI @ Edmonds Senior Center | Edmonds | Washington | United States

Dave Tucker, research scientist and founder of Mt. Baker Volcano Research Center, will be speaking at Puget Lobe Chapter IAFI. Join us as Tucker explains the history of Mt. Baker’s lahars.

May
18
Thu
2017 Lower Columbia Speaker Topics – IAFI Chapter Meetings
May 18 @ 7:00 pm
2017 Lower Columbia Speaker Topics - IAFI Chapter Meetings @ Tualatin Heritage Center | Tualatin | Oregon | United States

Meetings of the Lower Columbia Chapter are held at 7:00 PM on the 3rd Thursday of each month at Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Drive, Tualatin, Oregon  (except September, which is held at the Tualatin Library, 18878 SW Martinazzi Avenue, Tualatin, Oregon). We share our meetings with the Tualatin Historical Society so not all are geology related.
Contact Sylvia Thompson – 503-257-0144 for more information. 

January 19, 2017
Fossils and Micro-Photography
Speaker:  Julian Gray, Executive Director of the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks & Minerals
Mr. Gray will talk about his work using a new photography technique of taking a series of focused photo shots of small gems, minerals, bones, etc. and with a software package combining them into one photo.   He will also discuss the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals and why it is so popular and recognized internationally. He spoke about the history of the museum and how it inspires children today to become rock hounds, collectors, geologists, and scientists through its school tours and educational programs and events.

February 16, 2017
Tom McCall and the Beach Bill (about Oregon Governor Tom McCall and the Beach Bill)
Speaker:  Tom Olsen, Jr., Tom teaches videography in local colleges and his work can be accessed at IMDB
Tom Olsen will show excerpts from the film, “The Politics of Sand,” and describe how he made the documentary which features interviews with many of the living key players as well as voices from the past.   This in-depth history of Oregon’s beaches focuses on the political ebb and flow of efforts to keep the coast accessible to the public. The fight, which began with Governor Oswald West’s 1913 landmark legislation, has thankfully been effective, though not without substantial effort

March 16, 2017
Relive the Golden Age of Radio
Speaker:  Dick Karmen
Old-time radio expert Dick Karman exhibits radios and replays examples of popular programs dating 50-70 years ago. For those over 70, re-live memories of Jack Benny and Superman in this soundtrack of your life.

April 20, 2017
Survivability of an Earthquake in Lake Missoula Flood Sediments
Speaker:  William D. Burgel, BS Engineering University of Michigan 1971, MS Geology Idaho State University 1986
Bill Burgel will discuss the geology of the Northwest and how various depositions will respond during an earthquake.  Are you in a safe place?  Come learn about the ground beneath you.  

May 18, 2017   (37th Anniversary of Eruption of Mt. St. Helens)
New Understandings of Mt. St. Helens
Speaker:  Sheila Alfsen, MAT, GIT (Oregon State Board Geologic Examiners)
Current instructor of Geology –  Chemeketa Community College, Linn Benton, Portland State University.
The 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens in Washington was the worst US volcanic disaster in recorded history.  Geologist Sheila Alfsen, will break down the event into its components, illustrating all volcanic hazards as geologic occurrences with examples from other volcanoes and comparing their relative sizes. Sheila will discuss the advances in volcanology made as result of the eruption, and how they are used around the world to gain prediction and offer disaster mitigation.

September 21, 2017
The Lake Missoula Floods and the Oregon Trail Connection
Speaker:  Rick Thompson, President – Lower Columbia Chapter, Ice Age Floods Institute, author of  GigaFlood – The Largest of the Lake Missoula Floods in NW Oregon and SW Washington and The Hunt for Iceberg Erratics
Location:  Tualatin Library, 18878 SW Martinazzi Avenue, Tualatin, Oregon.  
The main destination of the Oregon Trail was the Willamette Valley with its fertile soil which was brought in from eastern Washington by the Lake Missoula Floods.  Mr. Thompson will trace the path of the Floods and show where the Oregon pioneers used some of these same flood channels as their wagon trail to the Willamette Valley.  

Jun
3
Sat
Wallula Gap Hike
Jun 3 all-day
Wallula Gap Hike @ Tour begins and ends at The Reach | Richland | Washington | United States

Geologist-author Bruce Bjornstad leads this tour to Wallula Gap.  There will be a 4 to 5 mile hike along the flood-sculpted western side of Wallula Gap to the Mounds Pond Overlook.  Learn about ice-rafted erratics, spillover channels and other special features of the Ice Age floods.  Be sure to snap a photo of the 800-foot tall cliffs of Columbia River Basalt.  This tour is organized by the Reach in partnership with the Lake Lewis Chapter of the IAFI.  Bus, water and lunch are provided.  Duration is 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Jun
9
Fri
Dry Falls and the Lower Grand Coulee
Jun 9 all-day
Dry Falls and the Lower Grand Coulee @ Tour begins and ends at The Reach | Richland | Washington | United States

IAFI vice president Gary Kleinknecht leads this field trip “upstream” into the Lower Grand Coulee.  Participants will visit the Othello and Drumheller Channels in addition to Dry Falls, Soap Lake, Pinto Ridge, the Grand Coulee Monocline and more.  This tour is organized by the Reach in partnership with the Lake Lewis Chapter of the IAFI.  Bus, water and lunch are provided.  Duration is 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Jun
15
Thu
2017 Lower Columbia Speaker Topics – IAFI Chapter Meetings
Jun 15 @ 7:00 pm
2017 Lower Columbia Speaker Topics - IAFI Chapter Meetings @ Tualatin Heritage Center | Tualatin | Oregon | United States

Meetings of the Lower Columbia Chapter are held at 7:00 PM on the 3rd Thursday of each month at Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Drive, Tualatin, Oregon  (except September, which is held at the Tualatin Library, 18878 SW Martinazzi Avenue, Tualatin, Oregon). We share our meetings with the Tualatin Historical Society so not all are geology related.
Contact Sylvia Thompson – 503-257-0144 for more information. 

January 19, 2017
Fossils and Micro-Photography
Speaker:  Julian Gray, Executive Director of the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks & Minerals
Mr. Gray will talk about his work using a new photography technique of taking a series of focused photo shots of small gems, minerals, bones, etc. and with a software package combining them into one photo.   He will also discuss the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals and why it is so popular and recognized internationally. He spoke about the history of the museum and how it inspires children today to become rock hounds, collectors, geologists, and scientists through its school tours and educational programs and events.

February 16, 2017
Tom McCall and the Beach Bill (about Oregon Governor Tom McCall and the Beach Bill)
Speaker:  Tom Olsen, Jr., Tom teaches videography in local colleges and his work can be accessed at IMDB
Tom Olsen will show excerpts from the film, “The Politics of Sand,” and describe how he made the documentary which features interviews with many of the living key players as well as voices from the past.   This in-depth history of Oregon’s beaches focuses on the political ebb and flow of efforts to keep the coast accessible to the public. The fight, which began with Governor Oswald West’s 1913 landmark legislation, has thankfully been effective, though not without substantial effort

March 16, 2017
Relive the Golden Age of Radio
Speaker:  Dick Karmen
Old-time radio expert Dick Karman exhibits radios and replays examples of popular programs dating 50-70 years ago. For those over 70, re-live memories of Jack Benny and Superman in this soundtrack of your life.

April 20, 2017
Survivability of an Earthquake in Lake Missoula Flood Sediments
Speaker:  William D. Burgel, BS Engineering University of Michigan 1971, MS Geology Idaho State University 1986
Bill Burgel will discuss the geology of the Northwest and how various depositions will respond during an earthquake.  Are you in a safe place?  Come learn about the ground beneath you.  

May 18, 2017   (37th Anniversary of Eruption of Mt. St. Helens)
New Understandings of Mt. St. Helens
Speaker:  Sheila Alfsen, MAT, GIT (Oregon State Board Geologic Examiners)
Current instructor of Geology –  Chemeketa Community College, Linn Benton, Portland State University.
The 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens in Washington was the worst US volcanic disaster in recorded history.  Geologist Sheila Alfsen, will break down the event into its components, illustrating all volcanic hazards as geologic occurrences with examples from other volcanoes and comparing their relative sizes. Sheila will discuss the advances in volcanology made as result of the eruption, and how they are used around the world to gain prediction and offer disaster mitigation.

September 21, 2017
The Lake Missoula Floods and the Oregon Trail Connection
Speaker:  Rick Thompson, President – Lower Columbia Chapter, Ice Age Floods Institute, author of  GigaFlood – The Largest of the Lake Missoula Floods in NW Oregon and SW Washington and The Hunt for Iceberg Erratics
Location:  Tualatin Library, 18878 SW Martinazzi Avenue, Tualatin, Oregon.  
The main destination of the Oregon Trail was the Willamette Valley with its fertile soil which was brought in from eastern Washington by the Lake Missoula Floods.  Mr. Thompson will trace the path of the Floods and show where the Oregon pioneers used some of these same flood channels as their wagon trail to the Willamette Valley.  

Jun
16
Fri
Eastern Scablands of the Ice Age Floods
Jun 16 all-day
Eastern Scablands of the Ice Age Floods @ Tour begins and ends at The Reach | Richland | Washington | United States

Join field trip leader Gary Kleinknecht on this tour of the remote eastern scablands of the Cheney-Palouse Scabland Tract.  Since no major highways traverse this area, few people who are not local residents know this scabland subregion.  In the Palouse Country of eastern Washington, the scablands feature many streamlined loess islands separated by broad basalt exposures and coulees.  Features include flood deposits at least 780,000 years old, Rock Lake, Big Cove Coulee and much more.  This tour is organized by The Hanford Reach Interpretive Center in partnership with the Lake Lewis Chapter of the IAFI.  Bus, water and lunch are included.  Duration is 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Jun
23
Fri
Jet-Boat/Bus Tour Along the White Bluffs to West Bar
Jun 23 all-day
Jet-Boat/Bus Tour Along the White Bluffs to West Bar @ Richland | Washington | United States

Geologist-author, Bruce Bjornstad narrates on the Columbia River Journey’s jet-boat tour from Richland to White Bluffs Ferry Landing. This tour continues north by bus into the breathtaking, flood-carved Frenchman and Potholes Coulees.  The final stop will be at the Gingko Petrified Forest State Park after seeing the cliffs of the Columbia River Basalt and West Bar Giant Current Ripples.  This tour is organized by The Hanford Reach Interpretive Center in partnership with the Lake Lewis Chapter of the IAFI.  Jet-boat, bus, water and lunch are included.  Duration is 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Jul
14
Fri
Jet-Boat/Bus Tour Along Snake River to Windust Park/Palouse Falls
Jul 14 all-day
Jet-Boat/Bus Tour Along Snake River to Windust Park/Palouse Falls

Geologist-author, Bruce Bjornstad, leads this tour on the Columbia River Journey’s jet boat up the Snake River, through the locks of Ice Harbor Dam to Windust Park.  From there guests will be transported by bus to Palouse Falls via Devil’s Canyon and Washtucna Coulee.  This tour is organized by The Hanford Reach Interpretive Center in partnership with the Lake Lewis Chapter of the IAFI.  Jet-boat, bus, water and lunch are included.  Duration is 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Jul
20
Thu
2017 Lower Columbia Speaker Topics – IAFI Chapter Meetings
Jul 20 @ 7:00 pm
2017 Lower Columbia Speaker Topics - IAFI Chapter Meetings @ Tualatin Heritage Center | Tualatin | Oregon | United States

Meetings of the Lower Columbia Chapter are held at 7:00 PM on the 3rd Thursday of each month at Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Drive, Tualatin, Oregon  (except September, which is held at the Tualatin Library, 18878 SW Martinazzi Avenue, Tualatin, Oregon). We share our meetings with the Tualatin Historical Society so not all are geology related.
Contact Sylvia Thompson – 503-257-0144 for more information. 

January 19, 2017
Fossils and Micro-Photography
Speaker:  Julian Gray, Executive Director of the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks & Minerals
Mr. Gray will talk about his work using a new photography technique of taking a series of focused photo shots of small gems, minerals, bones, etc. and with a software package combining them into one photo.   He will also discuss the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals and why it is so popular and recognized internationally. He spoke about the history of the museum and how it inspires children today to become rock hounds, collectors, geologists, and scientists through its school tours and educational programs and events.

February 16, 2017
Tom McCall and the Beach Bill (about Oregon Governor Tom McCall and the Beach Bill)
Speaker:  Tom Olsen, Jr., Tom teaches videography in local colleges and his work can be accessed at IMDB
Tom Olsen will show excerpts from the film, “The Politics of Sand,” and describe how he made the documentary which features interviews with many of the living key players as well as voices from the past.   This in-depth history of Oregon’s beaches focuses on the political ebb and flow of efforts to keep the coast accessible to the public. The fight, which began with Governor Oswald West’s 1913 landmark legislation, has thankfully been effective, though not without substantial effort

March 16, 2017
Relive the Golden Age of Radio
Speaker:  Dick Karmen
Old-time radio expert Dick Karman exhibits radios and replays examples of popular programs dating 50-70 years ago. For those over 70, re-live memories of Jack Benny and Superman in this soundtrack of your life.

April 20, 2017
Survivability of an Earthquake in Lake Missoula Flood Sediments
Speaker:  William D. Burgel, BS Engineering University of Michigan 1971, MS Geology Idaho State University 1986
Bill Burgel will discuss the geology of the Northwest and how various depositions will respond during an earthquake.  Are you in a safe place?  Come learn about the ground beneath you.  

May 18, 2017   (37th Anniversary of Eruption of Mt. St. Helens)
New Understandings of Mt. St. Helens
Speaker:  Sheila Alfsen, MAT, GIT (Oregon State Board Geologic Examiners)
Current instructor of Geology –  Chemeketa Community College, Linn Benton, Portland State University.
The 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens in Washington was the worst US volcanic disaster in recorded history.  Geologist Sheila Alfsen, will break down the event into its components, illustrating all volcanic hazards as geologic occurrences with examples from other volcanoes and comparing their relative sizes. Sheila will discuss the advances in volcanology made as result of the eruption, and how they are used around the world to gain prediction and offer disaster mitigation.

September 21, 2017
The Lake Missoula Floods and the Oregon Trail Connection
Speaker:  Rick Thompson, President – Lower Columbia Chapter, Ice Age Floods Institute, author of  GigaFlood – The Largest of the Lake Missoula Floods in NW Oregon and SW Washington and The Hunt for Iceberg Erratics
Location:  Tualatin Library, 18878 SW Martinazzi Avenue, Tualatin, Oregon.  
The main destination of the Oregon Trail was the Willamette Valley with its fertile soil which was brought in from eastern Washington by the Lake Missoula Floods.  Mr. Thompson will trace the path of the Floods and show where the Oregon pioneers used some of these same flood channels as their wagon trail to the Willamette Valley.  

Jul
21
Fri
Eastern Scablands of the Ice Age Floods
Jul 21 all-day
Eastern Scablands of the Ice Age Floods @ Tour begins and ends at The Reach | Richland | Washington | United States

Join field trip leader Gary Kleinknecht on this tour of the remote eastern scablands of the Cheney-Palouse Scabland Tract.  Since no major highways traverse this area, few people who are not local residents know this scabland subregion.  In the Palouse Country of eastern Washington, the scablands feature many streamlined loess islands separated by broad basalt exposures and coulees.  Features include flood deposits at least 780,000 years old, Rock Lake, Big Cove Coulee and much more.  This tour is organized by The Hanford Reach Interpretive Center in partnership with the Lake Lewis Chapter of the IAFI.  Bus, water and lunch are included.  Duration is 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Aug
5
Sat
Geology of the Mid-Columbia/Hanford Reach National Monument
Aug 5 all-day
Geology of the Mid-Columbia/Hanford Reach National Monument @ Tour begins and ends at The Reach | Richland | Washington | United States

Geologist-author, Bruce Bjornstad, leads an all-day tour of the geology of the Pasco Basin and Hanford Reach National Monument.  Featured are the Columbia River Basalt lava flows, Yakima Folds, Ringold Formation, Ice Age floods and sand dunes that define the area.  Bus, water and lunch are included.  This tour is organized by The Hanford Reach Interpretive Center in partnership with the Lake Lewis Chapter of the IAFI.  Bus, water and lunch are included.  Duration is 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.