Calendar of Events

Mar
11
Sat
PALOUSE CANYON HIKE
Mar 11 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Leaders for this popular hike are Lloyd Stoess and Gene Kiver.  With them, you will hike eight (8) miles up the Palouse Canyon to Palouse Falls.  This trail emphasizes the Ice Age Floods story and the local Native American and settlement history.  

On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most difficult, this hike rates as a “10”.  A hiker should be in good physical shape (i.e., be able to hike three (3) miles without breaks).  It is suggested that participants do some up and down hill hiking prior to the fieldtrip.  A hiker should not have serious heart or vertigo problems.  Children must be at least age 10 and must be accompanied by an adult hiker. No pets are permitted on this hike.

 Download the Registration Form,#41, Hike, Palouse Canyon, March 11, 2017 to find the fee, departure and conclusion instructions, where to meet and other valuable information  For registration questions and how to join IAFI, contact hike registrar, Jacqui Turner by emailing her at or call 509.301.0007.  For hike information, contact Lloyd Stoess at or call his mobile # 509.954.3927. 

Mar
24
Fri
Othello Sandhill Crane Festival (& FloodFest)
Mar 24 – Mar 26 all-day
Othello Sandhill Crane Festival (& FloodFest) @ Othello | Washington | United States

It’s time to begin making plans to attend the 2017 Othello Sandhill Crane Festival, you will never find so many Ice Age Floods-related lectures and tours in one place.  This year the Crane Festival will be held on March 24, 25, and 26. This festival is becoming a viable vehicle for the IAFI’s goal of having an annual Floodfest celebration.  Friday the 24th, Nick Zentner will give a talk that will summarize the general Ice Age Floods story.  Saturday the 25th will be the day most of the IAFI’s lectures will be heard.  Sunday the 26th will showcase most of our flood-related geologic tours.  We have added one additional tour this year.  Karl Lillquist will be conducting our first tour of the western Quincy Basin. The Othello Sandhill Crane Festival website will be available soon to register for these tours. 

There will be one IAFI tour on Saturday (March 25, 2017):

  • Ice Age Floods and the Channeled Scablands Tour:  Led by Brent Cunderla after his morning lecture, this trip will emphasize the geology  and catastrophic Ice Age  Flood features found near Othello and Columbia National Wildlife Refuge.  A visit to the Drumheller Channels (a National Park Service National Landmark managed by Columbia NWR), scabland topography and  ice-rafted boulders, or erratics, will be the highlights of the trip.  Brent has spent the last 25 years with the Bureau of Land Management in Wenatchee and has been actively exploring the late Pleistocene glacial geology, particularly the  Ice Age Floods features of North Central Washington.  There will be one stop for facilities and no lunch on this trip, so please plan accordingly.

There are six IAFI tours on Sunday (March 25, 2017):

  • Western Quincy Basin Tour:  Karl Lillquist will lead an all-day bus tour of the western portion of the Quincy Basin.  Ice Age Floods entered the Quincy Basin from the northeast and east.  Some of this water drained from the basin through the Drumheller Channels to the south.  The remainder flowed west exiting the basin through Frenchman Coulee, Potholes Coulee, and Crater Coulee on the western edge of the Quincy Basin.  We will examine the landform and sediment evidence for the catastrophic flood origins and evolution of each of these western flood outlets on several short (less than 1.5 mile) hikes.  You will see giant basalt columns, dry falls, potholes, plunge pools, buttes, mesas, flood bars, and more.  In addition we will explore the overall physical and human geography of the area.
  • Upper Grand Coulee Tour:  Gene Kiver will take you on an all-day bus tour that will “fight” your way upstream from Othello through the Summer Falls floodway to the Upper Grand Coulee where you will examine some of the evidence and features produced by the Missoula Floods.  Floodwaters were hundreds to almost 1,000 feet deep along the tour route and produced the spectacular Grand Coulee canyon.  Features include abandoned waterfalls, the Coulee Monocline, Steamboat Rock, and ending up at Grand Coulee Dam.  You will return to Othello through both the Upper and Lower Grand Coulee.  Time permitting; we may make additional field stops.  Bring lunch , water, and snacks.
  • Lower Grand Coulee Geology Tour:  Join John Moody, President of the Lower Grand Coulee chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute, civil and water resources engineer as you travel north and west on McManamon Road through the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge to the Drumheller Channels National Landmark overlook.  Walk out to the overlook for a presentation.  You will then travel west to view granite erratics alongside Frenchman Hills, and north to Neva Lake.  You will walk to Sundial and view Soap Lake (original plunge pool site) and the Lower Grand Coulee Monocline.  Then travel to Lake Lenore Caves and walk around and enjoy your lunch.  You will have the opportunity to view a few overlooks, Rim Rock Meadows, Sage Brush Flats Plateau and visit Monster Rock in the Ephrata Fan.  On your way back you will visit the Coulee Corridor National Scenic Byway.
  • Hanford Reach Interpretive Center and Coyote Canyon:  The Coyote Canyon Mammoth Site is an on-going paleo-ecological excavation located southwest of Kennewick.  The 17,449 year-old mammoth bones are buried in Missoula Floods sediments.  The Mid-Columbia Basin Old Natural Education Sciences (MCBONES) Research Center Foundation is a nonprofit educational organization registered with the state and federal governments and acts as an oversight and support entity for the project.  Gary Kleinknecht will take you to the dig and Dig House, a 40×40 feet pole building set up as classroom, laboratory and museum area, and the actual site.  Dress according to the weather and bring snacks and drink.  This trip will also take you to The Hanford Reach Interpretive Center (REACH) in Richland.  If you have not visited the REACH, here is your chance to see an amazing building with exhibits on the region’s natural history and Hanford.
  • Ice Age Floods Geology of the Drumheller Channels Hike:  A 5-6 mile hike, led by geologist Bruce Bjornstad, of moderate difficulty will directly explore the evidence for the Ice Age floods within the Drumheller Channels, a dramatically eroded landscape carved out by repeated Ice Age floods as recently as 13,000 years ago.  Bring sturdy footwear, camera, and lunch; bus transportation provided.
  • Palouse Falls Tour:  Lloyd Stoess and Ken Lacy will be your hosts on a tour of the Glacial Lake Missoula floodwaters that flowed through the Cheney-Palouse flood route.  The catastrophic flooding amounted to as much as nine million cubic meters of water per second, creating the landscape we see today throughout the Columbia Basin.  View some of the most spectacular examples of flood-related  geologic activity found anywhere in the world.  Highlights of the tour include Collier Coulee, Staircase Rapids spillway, Palouse-Snake River Divide, Washtucna Coulee, Mid-Canyon Bar, Devil’s Canyon, and of course, the spectacular Palouse Falls.

The motels listed below are located at the intersection of Hwy 17 and I-90 (a 22 minute drive to downtown Othello):

Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 1735 E. Kittelson Road, Moses Lake  509-766-2000Ameri – Stay Inn & Suites, 157 N. Stratford Road, Moses Lake  509-764-7500Ramada Inn, 1745 Kittleson Road, Moses Lake  509-766-1000Shilo Inn Moses Lake, 1819 E. Kittleson Road, Moses Lake  509-765-9317Inn At Moses Lake, 1741 E. Kittleson Road, Moses Lake  509-766-7000
Comfort Suites, 1700 Kittleson Road, Moses Lake  509-765-3731
Apr
7
Fri
Badger Mountain Geology Hike
Apr 7 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Badger Mountain Geology Hike @ Dallas Road (Skyline) Trailhead

Join geologist George Last on a 3-mile, 1/2 day hike to the top of Badger Mountain, elevation gain = 800 ft.  Learn about Lake Lewis, the Ice Age floods, the Rattlesnake – Wallula lineament, and the basalt-lava flows.  The hike stats at the Dallas Road (Skyline) Trailhead and ends at the Canyon Trailhead where a bus will take guests back to Dallas Road.  This hike is organized by the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center in partnership with the Lake Lewis Chapter of the IAFI.  Bus transportation between trailheads is included.

Apr
14
Fri
Western Scablands of the Ice Age Floods
Apr 14 all-day
Western Scablands of the Ice Age Floods @ Begins and ends at The Hanford Reach Interpretive Center | Richland | Washington | United States

Join field trip leader Gary Kleinknecht as you go “upstream” from the Tri-Cities into the Quincy Basin.  Participants will see evidence of the erosive power of the floods at the Othello and Drunheller Channels and Frenchman Coulee.  We will also get a fantastic view of the Columbia River and the giant current ripples of West Bar as well as a visit to Gingko Petrified Forest State Park.  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 provided.  Duration is 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Apr
22
Sat
Rattlesnake Mountain Erratics and Wildflower Hike
Apr 22 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Rattlesnake Mountain Erratics and Wildflower Hike @ Begins and ends at The Hanford Reach Interpretive Center | Richland | Washington | United States

Join geologist-author Bruce Bjornstad on a 4-5 mile hike across the publicly accessible Rattlesnake Slope Wildlife Area.  Elevation gain is 300 feet.  The hike will focus on many of the thousands of ice-rafted erratics and bergmounds on Rattlesnake Mountain.  This hike is organized by The Reach in partnership with the Lake Lewis Chapter of the IAFI.  Bus, water and lunch are included.

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.  Registration forms will be posted soon.

 

 

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

Logo IAFI-CGC HighResJoin 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, exploring many interesting geologic features of the Gorge with emphasis on the impact of the Ice Age Floods through this area.

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.

If you’re interested in participating in one of our field trips 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

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.

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
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
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.

Aug
19
Sat
Coyote Canyon Mammoth Dig and Ice Age Floods Features
Aug 19 all-day
Coyote Canyon Mammoth Dig and Ice Age Floods Features @ Tour begins and ends at The Reach | Richland | Washington | United States

This full day field trip is led by Gary Kleinknecht, Education Director for the Coyote Canyon Mammot Site (CCMS) and vice president of the Ice Age Floods Institute.  The tour begins with a visit to the CCMS as the work day begins.  At the Dig House we will discuss the background and extent of the project, then we will visit the bone bed units and wetscreen area.  In late morning we will move on to Wallula Gap, Esquatzel and Washtucna Coulees and Devil’s Canyon.  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
26
Sat
Tri-Cities Geology Tour
Aug 26 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Tri-Cities Geology Tour @ Tour begins and ends at The Reach | Richland | Washington | United States

Join George Last as he explores the geology beneath the Tri-Cities.  This tour includes exposures of the massive Columbia River Basalts, Yakima River deposits and Ice Age floods deposits.  There will be a short 1.3 mile hike along the Yakima River Bluffs.  This field trip is organized by the Reach in partnership with the Lake Lewis Chapter of the IAFI.  Bus, water and lunch are included. 

Sep
23
Sat
Southern Cheney-Palouse Scablands and Palouse Falls
Sep 23 all-day
Southern Cheney-Palouse Scablands and Palouse Falls @ Tour begins and ends at The Reach | Richland | Washington | United States

Gary Kleinknecht leads this field trip to the Hatton Coulee rest area, then eastward into the southern Cheney-Palouse Scablands Tract.  You will visit Old Maid Coulee to view an exposure of  a 780,000 year old flood deposit, Staircase Rapids,Washtucna Coulee, Palouse Falls and Devil’s Canyon, and 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.

Sep
24
Sun
Columbia Gorge Geology Field Trip
Sep 24 @ 7:30 am – 5:30 pm

Logo IAFI-CGC HighResJoin 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, exploring many interesting geologic features of the Gorge with emphasis on the impact of the Ice Age Floods through this area.

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.

If you’re interested in participating in one of our field trips 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