Calendar of Events

Jul
29
Sat
Earth Science Rocks – Mt. St. Helens Northwest
Jul 29 @ 7:45 am – 6:00 pm

Steve Carlson leads a one-day bus tour expedition to explore the northwestern side of Mt. St. Helens, Saturday, July 29, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Learn about the eruptive sequence and evidence left behind following the cataclysmic eruption of the mountain in May of 1980. The tour includes a hike to Spirit Lake and Windy Ridge.

Steve 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 beauty of our geologic environment.

 Meet at 7:45 a.m. at the front entrance of the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive, The Dalles. The fee is $50 and includes a box lunch and bottled water.

To register, or for information, call 541-296-8600 x 201 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily, or visit www.gorgediscovery.org.

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.

Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler Field Trip
Aug 5 @ 12:15 pm – 4:00 pm

Back by popular demand: Central Columbia River Gorge Field Trip onboard The Sternwheeler – Columbia Gorge
Saturday, August 5, 2017, 12:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. lead by Rick & Sylvia Thompson for IAFI. Download the registration form.

 

Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler

We will meet at the Locks Waterfront Grill in Cascade Locks, OR, at 12:15. Rick Thompson will give a brief talk about the many features on the river and the geologic make up of the Columbia River Gorge. We will then board the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler and cruise up to Wind Mountain and then to Bonneville Dam and back. Rick will give brief narrations during the 2 hour cruise.

FIELD TRIP FEE: IAFI members $35, non-members $45, which covers: 1) outstanding and knowledgeable field trip leaders, 2) a lecture prior to boarding and several talks while in route; 3) a spectacular scenic cruise on the river.

Find out why Lewis and Clack selected the name for this central Columbia River Gorge area and how a whole mountain range was given that name. And what does it have to do with record keeping in Japan and drowned trees on the Oregon/Washington coast. How could the study of lichen play a role in the geologic understanding of what happened here? And who/or what are the “Guardians of the Gorge”? Come join us for all of this and more amidst breath-taking scenery.

Download the registration forms, print and fill in and mail them to Sylvia Thompson, the field trip registrar.
Click here for registration form, or go to: http://www.gigaflood.com/

Lower Columbia Chapter, Ice Age Floods Institute  |  503-257-0144  
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
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.