Calendar of Events

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
10
Sat
Wenatchee Ice Age Floods Tour
Jun 10 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Ice Age Floods Tour led by Brent Cunderla and Ken Lacy
Location: Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center, 127 S Mission St.,Wenatchee, WA, 98801
When: June 10, 2017 (Saturday): 9 am to 5 pm
Cost: $40 (Wenatchee Museum member); $45 (non-member)
Host: Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center
More information: http://www.wenatcheevalleymuseum.org/our-events/

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
17
Sat
Rock Quarries and Gravel Pits Field Trip – Clark County, WA
Jun 17 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Rock Quarries and Gravel Pits Field Trip led by Bill Montgomery, Bo Nonn, and Larry Purchase 
Registration Required: Register online at http://www.gsoc.org/shop/rock-quarries-and-gravel- pits-field- trip
Note: Must be a Geological Society of the Oregon Country member (or a guest of one) to join the trip. Membership is $26 (individuals), $36 (family), $16 (student)
Location: Clark County, WA
When: June 17, 2017 (Saturday): 9 am to 4 pm
Cost: $30
Host: Geological Society of the Oregon Country
More information: http://www.gsoc.org/field-trips/2017/6/17/rock- quarries-and-gravel-pits- field-trip

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.

Geology of Caulfeild Park and the Coastline of Burrard Inlet (Vancouver, BC)
Jun 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Geology of Caulfeild Park and the Coastline of Burrard Inlet (Vancouver, BC) led by geologist David Cook
Registration: Contact David at 604-924- 0147 or cookeco2@yahoo.com to register and receive details as to the meeting location.
Location: Revealed when you register.
When: June 23, 2017 (Friday): 10 am(2 hours)
Cost: Unknown
Host: Nature Vancouver
More information: http://www.naturevancouver.ca/events/field_trips

Jun
24
Sat
Ancient Walls I: A Geological Walking Tour of Downtown PDX
Jun 24 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Ancient Walls I: A Geological Walking Tour of Downtown PDX (South Tour) 
Registration Required: Register online at http://www.gsoc.org/shop/downtown-pdx-south- tour-june- 24th-2017
Location: Portland, OR
When: June 24, 2017 (Saturday): 1 pm for two hours
Cost: from $10: open to public
Host: Geological Society of the Oregon Country
More information: http://www.gsoc.org/field-trips/2017/6/24/downtown-geology-tour

Jul
8
Sat
Malaga Gold Tour
Jul 8 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Malaga Tour led by Brent Cunderla and Ken Lacy

On this geologic venture we will first visit two locations where gold has been mined within the vicinity of Wenatchee, Washington.  Mining for gold started almost 150 years by the Chinese around 1870 in an area that later became the location of the Gold King/Lovitt Mines.  In 1985 the Cannon Mine opened and operated for about 10 years producing more than one-million ounces of gold and in excess of two-million ounces of silver before closing in 1994 due to lack of mineable reserves.

Several unique geologic features will be observed along the field trip route.  These include Saddle Rock, Owl Sisters, and Stemilt Pinnacles.  All these features are known to have Native American significance.

Location: Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center, 127 S Mission St., Wenatchee, WA, 98801
When: July 8, 2017 (Saturday): 9 am to 3 pm
Cost: $35 (Wenatchee Museum member); $40 (non-member)
Host: Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center
More information: http://www.wenatcheevalleymuseum.org/our-events/

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.