Field Trips and Presentations

Field trips and presentations play significant roles in understanding and visualizing the immense scope of the Ice Age Floods.

Mar 24 – Mar 26 all-day
It’s time to begin making plans to attend the 2017 Othello Sandhill Crane Festival, you will never find so many Ice Age Floods-related lectures and tours in one place.  This year the Crane Festival will be held on March 24, 25, … [Read More Here...]
Mar 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm The Lair Auditorium, Bldg 6, Spokane Community College
You will hear Dr. Gene Kiver’s lecture summarizing the geology of Washington State.  His presentation is based on the 2016 published book “Washington Rocks” which was designed with the non-geologist in mind.  He has selected some very interesting Washington sites … [Read More Here...]
Apr 6 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm CWU's Science II Building, room 103
It’s generally accepted that the Clark Fork River was dammed during the last ice age by a glacier at the current location of Lake Pend Oreille near the Idaho/Montana border.  The lake rose and fell multiple times.  At its maximum, … [Read More Here...]
Apr 7 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm 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 … [Read More Here...]
Apr 14 all-day Begins and ends at The Hanford Reach Interpretive Center
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 … [Read More Here...]
Apr 20 @ 7:00 pm Tualatin Heritage Center
Meetings of the Lower Columbia Chapter are held at 7:00 PM on the 3rd Thursday of each month at Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Drive, Tualatin, Oregon  (except September, which is held at the Tualatin Library, 18878 SW Martinazzi Avenue, Tualatin, … [Read More Here...]
Apr 22 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm Begins and ends at The Hanford Reach Interpretive Center
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 … [Read More Here...]
Apr 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm EWU JFK LIbrary Auditorium
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 … [Read More Here...]
Apr 29 all-day Frenchman Springs Coulee
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.  Registration forms will be posted soon.    
Apr 29 all-day Field Trip begins and ends at The Reach
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 … [Read More Here...]
Apr 29 @ 7:30 am – 5:30 pm Start/End Marine Park, Cascade Locks, OR
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, exploring many interesting geologic features of the Gorge with emphasis on the impact of … [Read More Here...]
Apr 29 @ 7:30 am – 6:00 pm
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 … [Read More Here...]
May 3 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Whitman County Library
We will be partnering with Whitman County libraries to bring you a talk by author John Soennichsen, who has literally written the book on J Harlen Bretz, the “rebel geologist” who answered the riddle of how the dramatic coulees, gullies, and … [Read More Here...]
May 6 all-day Tour begins and ends at The Reach
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 … [Read More Here...]
May 18 @ 7:00 pm Tualatin Heritage Center
Meetings of the Lower Columbia Chapter are held at 7:00 PM on the 3rd Thursday of each month at Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Drive, Tualatin, Oregon  (except September, which is held at the Tualatin Library, 18878 SW Martinazzi Avenue, Tualatin, … [Read More Here...]
Jun 3 all-day Tour begins and ends at The Reach
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 … [Read More Here...]
Jun 9 all-day Tour begins and ends at The Reach
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 … [Read More Here...]
Jun 15 @ 7:00 pm Tualatin Heritage Center
Meetings of the Lower Columbia Chapter are held at 7:00 PM on the 3rd Thursday of each month at Tualatin Heritage Center, 8700 SW Sweek Drive, Tualatin, Oregon  (except September, which is held at the Tualatin Library, 18878 SW Martinazzi Avenue, Tualatin, … [Read More Here...]
Jun 16 all-day Tour begins and ends at The Reach
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 … [Read More Here...]
Jun 23 all-day
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 … [Read More Here...]