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Friday, May 6, 2016
Cheney-Spokane Chapter
LECTURE: SPOKANE BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER GLACIAL LAKE MISSOULA OUTBURST MEGAFLOOD
Location: Spokane, WA
LECTURE IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC: 7:00 p.m. -9 p.m., Spokane Community College, The Lair Auditorium, Building 6. The Science Department at SCC is co-sponsoring this lecture. ++++The Spokane Valley has a rich history, both geologic and human. Michael B. McCollum will discuss the geology and resulting landforms that attracted those that first settled along the Spokane River and its falls. Our geologic story begins with the uplift of the Selkirk Mountains at the end of the Age of Dinosaurs. The Spokane River cut down through the southern end of this range, forming a river valley which was partially filled with Columbia Basin basalt around 15 million years ago. A relatively thin gravel developed across the surface after the volcanism ceased. This was followed by another 10 million years of warm and humid climate, resulting in areas of deep chemical weathering during which the rivers and streams dissected the plateau into isolated prairies. A cooling Earth began the Ice Age some 2.5 million years ago. Two very large ice-dammed lakes, i.e. Missoula and Columbia, formed at the southern edge of the ice sheet during the last ice advance and retreat, approximately 24 to 14 ka (calibrated), in the Pacific Northwest. In its down-drainage position, Glacial Lake Columbia was the sediment trap when the ice dam for glacial Lake Missoula collapsed. The flood-driven lacustrine sediments within the confines of glacial Lake Columbia in the Spokane region hold the key as to when the Channel Scablands formed and the number, origin and relative magnitude of the so-called “Missoula” floods. There will be a provocative discussion about whether a single catastrophic collapse of the Purcell Trench lobe restraining glacial Lake Missoula ~16 ka (calibrated), caused an outburst flood that filled glacial Lake Columbia with sand and granule gravel to a thickness of up to 700 feet. Post-Missoula flood was a time of meandering rivers and streams reclaiming their drainage basins by eroding through the unconsolidated flood fill. The river incision was punctuated by falling glacial lake levels, resulting in the numerous boulder gravel terraces and benches that line the Spokane River today. ++++McCollum is a citizen scientist and serves on the Board of Directors for the Ice Age Floods Institute, Cheney-Spokane Chapter.
More Information: Melanie Bell 509.954.4242

Saturday, May 7, 2016
Cheney-Spokane Chapter
FIELD TRIP: GLACIAL OUTBURST FLOOD AND OTHER FEATURES WITHIN THE SPOKANE REGION
Location: SPOKANE, WA
7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Field trip leaders, Michael B. McCollum, Michael M. Hamilton, Linda B. McCollum, and Eugene P. Kiver will provide you with the importance of the Columbia River Basalt Group, the Excelsior Gravel, deep chemical weathering, Spokane River incision, glacial Lake Columbia and the outburst flooding from glacial Lake Missoula that significantly modified the landscape. Field trip stops, accompanied by lectures, are scheduled along the Spokane River at Riverfront Park and the Bowl and Pitcher in Riverside State Park. Spokane Falls had a major impact on the early economic development, from sawmills to flour mills, and adjacent river terraces dictated the future city layout.++++ You will have lunch at the Arbor Crest Winery overlooking Plantes Ferry on the Spokane River. You will spend the afternoon looking at other sites along the Spokane River, touring the only remaining brick manufacturing plant in the Pacific Northwest and viewing clay pits and scenery along the Palouse Highway, culminating in an overview stop of Hangman Valley.++++You will park under Interstate 90 at the Jefferson Avenue Park and Ride; take the exit nearest the First Presbyterian Church. Chartered deluxe buses will begin boarding at 7:30 a.m. and leave promptly at 8 a.m. and return no later than 6 p.m.
Field Trip Registration Information, Form and Liability
More Information: Linda Long 509.235.4251

Saturday, May 7, 2016
The Reach
Rattlesnake Mountain Erratics and Wildflower Hike
Location: Richland, WA
Join geologist-author Bruce Bjornstad on a 4-5 mile long, easy to moderate hike across the publically accessible Rattlesnake Slope Wildlife Area. Elevation gain ~300 ft. The hike will focus on the thousands of ice-rafted erratics and bergmounds, calling cards of the Ice Age floods. Includes: lunch, bus, & water Cost: $63 9AM-2PM Confirm by 4/27
More Information: Kris Cargile (509) 943-4100 x108

Monday, May 9, 2016
Palouse Falls Chapter
Fire, Ice, and Superfloods
Location: LaCrosse, WA
Beginning at 7:00p.m., we will be hosting a free, illustrated presentation of Eastern Washington geology and its relation to the Grand Coulee by Gene Kiver.

Kiver, a professor emeritus of Geology at EWU, graduated from Case-Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and later from the University of Wyoming in Laramie where he received his Doctorate in Geology.

He taught Geology for over 32 years at Eastern Washington University in Cheney and conducted an active research career that emphasized landforms and surface processes. Glacial geology of the western United States, geothermal ice caves on Mts. Rainier and Baker, national park geology, speleology (study of caves), and the Missoula Floods are his main professional interests.

Research and volunteer activity with the Ice Age Floods Institute continues today.

Join us at The Gathering Place, 201 S. Main St., LaCrosse, WA for this informative presentation.
Printable Poster
More Information: Michelle Plumb (509) 660-0224


Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Lake Lewis Chapter
Geomorphology of the Channelled Scablands
Location: Richland, WA
On Tuesday, May 10, beginning at 6:45 p.m., Lloyd Stoess, president of the newly formed Palouse Falls Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute, will introduce the audience to "Geomorphology of the Channeled Scablands." Having received a BA in Geography from EWC ('74) and remaining a lifelong resident of Washtucna, Lloyd is well versed in the region's unique features. By the end of the presentation, you will develop an understanding of the geomorphs you can observe in your own backyard. The venue for this program is The Reach, 1943 Columbia Park Trail, Richland, WA. It is free and open to the public.

Friday, May 13, 2016
The Reach
Dry Falls and the Lower Grand Coulee
Location: Richland, WA
Join Ice Age floods expert Gary Kleinknecht on a trip upstream to the Grand Coulee. You will visit the Othello and Drumheller Channels as well as Dry Falls and its original plunge pool at Soap Lake. You will also view at least six other floods features on this tour. Includes: lunch, water, and bus. Cost: $75 8AM-5PM Confirm by 5/3
More Information: Kris Cargile (509) 943-4100 x108

Saturday, May 14, 2016
Cheney-Spokane Chapter
FLOODS, FLOWERS, AND FEATHERS, CHENEY MAYFEST
Location: CHENEY, WA
The Floods, Flowers and Feathers Festival has been rolled into the Cheney Mayfest this year. You will drive your vehicle, to Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge, 26010 S. Smith Road, Cheney, WA 99004 for these activities: Aquatics Ecology;, Bird Banding; Fire Demonstration; Geology Tour; Refuge Management Tour; Can you Find That Bird?; Live Raptors; Bird & Plant Walks; Photography Walk; Auto Tour Bike Ride ...and many more! ++++Please note that some activities require reservations at fotnwr@org. For details and times, go to www.fws.gov/refuge/turnbull. ++++For more information, call 509.235.4723.
Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge
More Information: 509.235.4723

Saturday, May 14, 2016
Columbia Gorge Chapter
Columbia Gorge Geology Field Trip - Full
Location: Cascade Locks, OR

The May 14 field trip is full. We can add a couple of people to a waiting list and there are plenty of seats still open on the Sept. 17th field trip.

7:30 am - 5:00+ pm - Landslides, eddy bars, glacial erratics, kolk ponds, anticlines, synclines, thrust faults, Ohanepecosh to Troutdale formations, lahars, tree casts, petroglyphs, and more.

The central Columbia River Gorge is like a storybook of the past 40-50 million years, and we will open and read from several chapters of that book in a 10 hour bus/walking tour of a 40 mile section of the Gorge between Bonneville Dam and The Dalles. As we turn some of those pages and take a glimpse into the incredible geology and more of the Columbia River Gorge, we will reveal many secrets that are hidden right in plain sight.

This tour features huge landslides, local and distant lava outpourings that built mountains, filled lakes, and left behind the ghosts of lava-consumed forests; cataclysmic floods that reshaped the landscape; native american art saved from the backwaters of The Dalles Dam; the lush flora of the Gorge; maybe even a present-day mini-safari. It will involve some easy walking, but more importantly, it will enlighten your mind and light your eyes with amazing and delightful discoveries.

To get a sense of the trip, click the map markers on our webpage to explore some of the many features along the fieldtrip route (we will not stop at or see them all) or download the IAFI-CGC Central Gorge Geology Fieldtrip Guide.

To participate in our next field trip please download and complete the Gorge Geology FieldTrip Registration Form. For more information contact us at IAFI.CGC@gmail.com.
Gorge Geology FieldTrip Registration Form
More Information: Lloyd DeKay 713-542-4359


Thursday, May 19, 2016
Lower Columbia Chapter
Rice Museum - fossils & micro photography
Location: Tualatin Heritage Center 8700 SW Sweek Drive Tualatin, OR 97062
Julian Gray, Rice Museum - fossils & micro photography
More Information: Sylvia Thompson 503.257.0144.

Saturday, May 21, 2016
The Reach
Wallula Gap Hike
Location: Richland WA
Join geologist-author Bruce Bjornstad on a bus ride to Wallula Gap before departing on a 4-5 mile long, moderate to strenuous hike along the flood-sculpted western side of the precipitous Wallula Gap. Elevation gain ~800 ft. Tour includes tour guide, bus and sack lunch. Cost $73 8AM-5PM Confirm by 5/11
More Information: Kris Cargile (509) 943-4100 x108

Saturday, May 21, 2016
Lower Columbia Chapter
The 20th Annual Tualatin River Bird Festival
Location: Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge 19255 SW Pacific Hwy Sherwood OR 97140
CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS Again this year the Ice Age Floods Institute will have a booth at the Bird Festival and we need volunteers to help man the booth. If you would be able to give a few hours to have fun meeting new people and telling them about the ice age floods please call Sylvia at 503-257-0144 to get event details. Our volunteers always report back about how much fun they had. You won't regret spending an hour or two at the booth.
Friends of the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge
More Information: Sylvia Thompson 503-257-0144

Monday, May 23, 2016
Puget Lobe Chapter
MAY CHAPTER MEETING HAS BEEN POSTPONED
Location: Edmonds, WA
May 2nd would have been the regular date for the meeting, but it became necessary to postpone it to Monday evening, May 23rd (7-9 pm) in order for John Clague, from Simon Fraser University, to come to speak on a subject about which he is acknowledged to be one of the principal experts: THE LAST GREAT ICE SHEET IN WESTERN CANADA. This was the last glacial formation that made major changes to features in the topography of northwestern Washington, including the Puget Basin, San Juan Islands and Strait of Juan de Fuca. Unfortunately, the 49th Parallel and the border around the southern tip of Vancouver Island have been a cultural or political curtain to obscure the geological history of the region. \\\\ Appropriately, even his education has been intensive and international: A.B. magna cum laude, 1967, Occidental College, Los Angeles; M.A., Geology, 1969, University of California, Berkeley; and Ph.D., Geology, 1973, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. \\\\ He will deliver a richly illustrated talk on the growth and demise of the last Pleistocene ice sheet in British Columbia. Topics will include the chronology of ice-sheet growth and decay, the sedimentary and erosional record of glaciation, and of late Pleistocene sea-level changes at the western margin of the ice sheet. \\\\ He has published over 200 papers, reports, and monographs on a wide range of earth science topics, and his research on earthquakes, landslides, and floods has greatly increased public and official awareness of these hazards. \\\\ He is a member of numerous national and international professional committees and commissions, supervises numerous M.Sc. and Ph.D. students at Simon Fraser University, and serves on the supervisory committees of many more. We are very fortunate that he could find a way to work this engagement with the chapter into his busy schedule. \\\\ Chapter meetings are always free and open to the public, and are held at the Edmonds Senior Center, which is located right on the waterfront in Edmonds, a short distance south of the Kingston Ferry Dock, at 220 Railroad Ave., and opposite the Amtrak station. There is some off-street parking and there is elevator access to the second-floor meeting room.
More Information: Dale Middleton 206-784-3146

Friday, June 3, 2016
The Reach
Jet Boat/Bus Tour of White Bluffs to West Bar
Location: Richland, WA
Join geologist-author Bruce Bjornstad on a Columbia River Journey jet-boat tour from Richland to White Bluffs Ferry Landing before departing by bus for Sentinel Gap. Tour continues north by bus into the breathtaking, flood-carved Frenchman and Potholes Coulees. After an overview of the West Bar Giant Current Ripples we'll make a final stop at Gingko Petrified Forest State Park. Tour includes jet-boat and bus transport, lunch, and water. Cost: $153 9AM-5PM Confirm by 5/24
More Information: Kris Cargile (509) 943-4100 x108

Friday, June 10, 2016
The Reach
Ice Age Floods in the Walla Walla and Snake River Valleys
Location: Richland, WA
Join Gary Kleinknecht, an Ice Age Floods expert, on a tour of floods features in the Wall Walla and Snake River Valleys. You will visit Wallula Gap, Clastic Dikes, Palouse Falls State Park and Devils Canyon as well as at least six other floods features. Includes: bus, lunch, and water. Cost: $77 8am-5pm Confirm by 5/31
More Information: Kris Cargile (509) 943-4100 x108

Saturday, June 18, 2016
The Reach
Ice Age Floods of the Yakima Valley Bus Tour
Location: Richland, WA
Join geologist-author Bruce Bjornstad on a bus tour from the Tri Cities through the lower Yakima Valley. Among the many flood features examined will be the Lake Lewis Isles, Badlands, ice-rafted erratics and the Granger rhythmites. Includes bus transport, along with a sack lunch and wine tasting at one of the many excellent wineries in the region. Cost: $87 8AM-5PM Confirm by 6/08
More Information: Kris Cargile (509) 943-4100 x108

Friday, June 24, 2016
The Reach
Western Scablands of the Ice Age Floods
Location: Richland, WA
This full day trip with Ice Age floods expert Gary Kleinknecht will begin with a trip upstream into the Quincy Basin. The tour will include evidence of water's dramatic erosive power in the Drumheller Channels and Potholes Coulee, and its shaping power in the giant current ripples of West Bar, as well as at least six other floods features. Finally, participants will learn of another kind of flood, those of lava, with a visit to Gingko Petrified Forest State Park. Includes: bus, water, and lunch. Cost: $78 8AM-5PM Confirm by 6/14
More Information: Kris Cargile (509) 943-4100 x108

Thursday, July 14, 2016
The Reach
Jet Boat/Bus Tour Along Snake River to Windust Park/Palouse Falls
Location: Richland, WA
Join geologist and author, Bruce Bjornstad on the Columbia River Journey's jet boat up the Snake River, through the locks at Ice Harbor to Windust Park. From here travelers will be transported by bus to Palouse Falls via Devils Canyon and Washtucna Coulee. A delicious lunch will be provided at Palouse Falls State Park. A number of other Ice Age floods features will be covered on the return bus trip to the Tri-Cities. Includes jet boat, water, bus, and lunch. Cost: $155 8AM-5PM Confirm by 7/5
More Information: Kris Cargile (509) 943-4100 x108

Saturday, July 23, 2016
The Reach
Eastern Scablands of the Ice Age Floods
Location: Richland, WA
July 23rd - Eastern Scablands of the Ice Age Floods COST: $78.00 Join Age Floods expert, Gary Kleinknecht, on this tour of the remote and less well-known southern portion of the Cheney-Palouse Scabland Tract. Because of this tract's close proximity to the Palouse Country of eastern Washington, the scablands of this area feature many streamlined loess islands separated by scablands and coulees. No major highways traverse this tour route, so participants will view sights known by the few local residents, but very few travelers. Features include numerous loess islands, flood deposits at least 780,000 years old, Rock Lake, Big Cove Coulee and more. Includes: bus, water and lunch. Cost: $78 8AM-5PM Confirm by 7/13
More Information: Kris Cargile (509) 943-4100 x108

Saturday, August 13, 2016
The Reach
Geology of the Mid-Columbia/Hanford Reach National Monument
Location: Richland, WA
Join geologist-author Bruce Bjornstad on an all-day bus tour of the geology of the Pasco Basin and Hanford Reach National Monument. Featured will be the basalt lava flows, Yakima Folds, Ringold Formation, Ice Age floods and sand dunes that define the region over the last 17 million years. Includes: bus transport, lunch and water. Cost: $78 8AM-5PM Confirm by 8/3
More Information: Kris Cargile (509) 943-4100 x108

Saturday, August 20, 2016
The Reach
Coyote Canyon Mammoth Dig and Ice Age Floods Features of Benton and Walla Walla Counties
Location: Richland, WA
This full day tour is led by Gary Kleinknecht, an Ice Age floods expert and Education Director for the Coyote Canyon Mammoth Dig. You will visit the working excavation of a 17,449 year old mammoth at the Coyote Canyon Mammoth Site, Badger Coulee, Wallula Gap and Clastic Dikes as well as other floods features. Includes: lunch, water and bus. Cost: $78 8AM-5PM Confirm by 8/10
More Information: Kris Cargile (509) 943-4100 x108

Thursday, August 25, 2016
The Reach
Jet Boat/Bus Tour Through Wallua Gap to Boardman
Location: Richland, WA
Join geologist-author Bruce Bjornstad on the Columbia River Journeys jet-boat tour from Richland through Wallula Gap before departing for a tour of McNary Dam. Continue by bus to Boardman, OR for a delicious lunch along the banks of the Columbia River followed by a tour of the Sage Center. Tour includes jet-boat, bus, lunch at the River Grill, water, and entrance to the Sage Center. Cost: $165 8AM-5PM Confirm by 8/15
More Information: Kris Cargile (509) 943-4100 x108

Saturday, September 10, 2016
The Reach
Snake River Jet Boat to Lyons Ferry State Park and Palouse Falls
Location: Richland, WA
Join geologist-author Bruce Bjornstad on an all-day tour up the Snake River through the locks at Ice Harbor and the Lower Monumental Dams. Among many impressive features along the way are the 40-story Lake Sacajawea Flood Bar, giant current ripples, and a basalt-feeder dike for one of the many lava flows exposed within the canyon. After landing at Lyons Ferry State Park will be an optional short hike to an overlook onto the 13,000 year-old Marmes Rockshelter before bus transport to Palouse Falls. Our return to the Tri Cities will continue by bus across HU Ranch Coulee to Washtucna Coulee, Devils Canyon and Burr Canyon. Includes: jet boat and bus transport, lunch and water. Cost: $155 9AM-6PM Confirm by 8/31
More Information: Kris Cargile (509) 943-4100 x108

Saturday, September 17, 2016
Columbia Gorge Chapter
Columbia Gorge Geology Field Trip
Location: Cascade Locks, OR

7:30 am - 5:00+ pm - Landslides, eddy bars, glacial erratics, kolk ponds, anticlines, synclines, thrust faults, Ohanepecosh to Troutdale formations, lahars, tree casts, petroglyphs, and more.

The central Columbia River Gorge is like a storybook of the past 40-50 million years, and we will open and read from several chapters of that book in a 10 hour bus/walking tour of a 40 mile section of the Gorge between Bonneville Dam and The Dalles. As we turn some of those pages and take a glimpse into the incredible geology and more of the Columbia River Gorge, we will reveal many secrets that are hidden right in plain sight.

This tour features huge landslides, local and distant lava outpourings that built mountains, filled lakes, and left behind the ghosts of lava-consumed forests; cataclysmic floods that reshaped the landscape; native american art saved from the backwaters of The Dalles Dam; the lush flora of the Gorge; maybe even a present-day mini-safari. It will involve some easy walking, but more importantly, it will enlighten your mind and light your eyes with amazing and delightful discoveries.

To get a sense of the trip, click the map markers on our webpage to explore some of the many features along the fieldtrip route (we will not stop at or see them all) or download the IAFI-CGC Central Gorge Geology Fieldtrip Guide.

To participate in our next field trip please download and complete the Gorge Geology FieldTrip Registration Form. For more information contact us at IAFI.CGC@gmail.com.
Gorge Geology FieldTrip Registration Form
More Information: Lloyd DeKay 713-542-4359


Friday, September 23, 2016
The Reach
Southern Cheney-Palouse Scablands and Palouse Falls
Location: Richland, WA
This full day tour is led by Ice Age floods expert Gary Kleinknecht. It begins with a drive to Hatton Coulee Rest Area at US 395 and SR 26. The tour includes Old Maid Coulee, Staircase Rapids, Washtucna Coulee, Palouse Falls, Devils Canyon and at least five other floods features. Includes: lunch, water and bus Cost: $87 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Confirm by 9/13
More Information: Kris Cargile (509) 943-4100 x108

Friday-Saturday September 23-24, 2016
Glacial Lake Missoula Chapter
Annual meeting/Bus tour
Location: Holiday Inn Downtown, Missoula, Mt
Annual meeting evening of 9/23. View the new JT Pardee historical collection and display at the Natural History center. A bus trip featuring iconic features of Lake Missoula including the Markel pass ripples marks the following day. The hotel venue is at the center of all that is happening in Missoula. The center of the river walk , bike trails and walking bridges. Dining from casual Cajun to gourmet. The carousel, Brennans wave or the hipstrip. The UM, numerous brewerys or the History Center are within 3/4 mile mile walk Ashley Ragas, Group Rooms and Reservations Coordinator Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown 200 South Pattee Missoula, MT 59802 please contact Ashley Ragas, our Group Rooms & Reservations Coordinator. She can be at reached at ashley.ragas@himissoula.com or 406-532-2059.059 F: (406) 728-3472 E: ashley.ragas@himissoula.com Holiday Inn 406-532-2054 Bus trip info 406-728-5221 the bus trip will be $75 per person for members, $85 for nonmembers make check to Lake Missoula Chapter IAFI. Send checks to Lynne Dickman 530 Woodworth Ave Missoula, Mt, 59801
More Information: Jim shelden 406 728 1860

Saturday, October 1, 2016
Palouse Falls Chapter
Fall Field Trip
Location: Washtucna, WA
Bus tour that will stop at area flood features including:

Collier Coulee, Staircase Rapids, Cow Creek, Palouse River, Palouse Falls, Lyons Ferry and Devil's Canyon.

More details will be added as they become available.
More Information: Michelle Plumb (509) 660-0224


Saturday, October 1, 2016
The Reach
Snake River-Palouse Falls Bus Tour
Location: Richland, WA
Join geologist-author Bruce Bjornstad on a bus tour to Palouse Falls, which includes two separate sections of the Snake River canyon. One of the sections features giant current ripples near Windust Park before entering the mysterious Devils Canyon chasm. From there the route passes through Washtucna Coulee and flood-streamlined Palouse hills to infamous Palouse Falls. On the return trip will be an optional, easy 2-mile (RT) hike along the level Columbia Plateau Trail to witness the giant 40-story Lake Sacajawea Flood Bar that towers over the Snake River. Includes: bus transport, lunch and water. Cost: $78 8AM-5PM Confirm by 9/21
More Information: Kris Cargile (509) 943-4100 x108