Calendar of Events

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
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

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

Sep
29
Fri
2017 IAFI Fall Board/Membership Meeting & Field Trip
Sep 29 @ 8:00 am – Sep 30 @ 5:00 pm
2017 IAFI Fall Board/Membership Meeting & Field Trip @ Soap Lake | Washington | United States

The semi-annual meeting of the Board of Directors and the annual Membership Meeting and Field Trip will be Sept 29 and 30, 2017 in Soap Lake, WA.

More information will be forthcoming.