Calendar of Events

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.

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
29
Sat
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.

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
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.