Calendar of Events

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
2017 Spring IAFI Board Meeting
Apr 22 @ 12:00 pm – Apr 23 @ 12:15 pm
2017 Spring IAFI Board Meeting @ Pasco Best Western | Pasco | Washington | United States

The Spring Board of Directors meeting of the Ice Age Floods Institute will be held April 22-23 at the Best Western Plus in Pasco, WA. 

More information to follow

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
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.

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.

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.