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Events

Saturday, May 30, 2015
Lower Columbia Chapter
Willamette Valley: Flood Channels, Ripple Marks, Erratics & Wine
Location: Tualatin
Saturday, May 30, 2015, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The tour will explore the unique Geology between West Linn and Salem. We will examine features related to a remarkable history of Quaternary flooding (Cataclysmic Missoula Ice Age Floods). Some highlights of the trip include: Tonquin flood channels, Chehalem Creek flood channel and ripple marks, Holmes Gap flood channel, ripple marks. Erratic Rock State Natural Site - Bellevue Erratic. We will also be stopping at Left Coast Cellars for a delicious buffet-style or box lunch and wine tasting. Click on link for field trip forms.
5-30-15 Field Trip
More Information: Sylvia Thompson 503-257-0144

Saturday, May 30, 2015
Cheney-Spokane Chapter
FESTIVAL "FLOODS, FLOWERS AND FEATHERS"
Location: TURNBULL NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday. Bring your family and participate in this free and open to the public festival at the Refuge near Cheney, Washington. Enjoy spring by experiencing and learning about the exceptional wildlife, habitats, and geology of the unique Channeled Scablands landscape. In partnership with numerous organizations/agencies we are offering the Fourth Annual Spring Nature Festival with activities for families and individuals of all ages. Take a walk on the wild side and discover birds, wildflowers, insects, other wildlife, and catch a glimpse of remnants of the Ice Age Floods that created the diverse Scablands habitat. Nature hikes, tours, kids' activities, food vendors and informational booths provided by a number of organizations will make for a wonderful spring day outdoors in this remarkable environment.
Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge Website
More Information: Melanie Bell 509.954.4242

Saturday, May 30, 2015
The Reach
Jet-Boat-Geology Tour through Wallula 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 ride, bus, lunch at the River Grill, beverages, and entrance to the Sage Center. Hours 8am-5pm PRICE: $195.00 Please confirm by May 25th
More Information: Kris Cargile 509-943-4100 x108

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Cheney-Spokane Chapter
LECTURE "MEGAFLOODS: THE CHANNELED SCABLANDS, SIBERIA, MARS, AND BEYOND"
Location: SPOKANE, WA
Tuesday, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Spokane Community College, Lair Auditorium, Building 6. Dr. Vic Baker will provide you with how the megafloods of the last Ice Age created bizarre landscapes like the Channeled Scablands at the margins of giant ice sheets that covered much of North America and Eurasia. More recent discoveries reveal that much larger megafloods occurred billions of years ago on the planet Mars. The Mars megaflooding even generated a kind of ocean that temporarily made that planet Earth-like> We are now seeking evidence of similar processes on planets beyond our solar system.++++Victor R. Baker (Ph.D., University of Colorado, 1971) is a former President of the Geological Society of America. He has researched the Channeled Scablands and related megafloods of the world since the late 1960s. His publications in geomorphology, planetary geology and philosophy of science include 18 books and more than 400 scientific papers. His work has been featured in multiple television documentaries, including the 2005 PBS NOVA production "Mystery of the Megafloods."
More Information: Melanie Bell 509.954.4242

Thursday, June 4, 2015
Ellensburg Chapter
Puget Sound Glaciation
Location: Ellensburg, Washington
Evening Lecture by Kathy Troost (UW Geology). 7:00 pm. CWU's Hebeler Hall Auditorium.
More Information: Nick Zentner 509-963-2828

Saturday, June 6, 2015
The Reach
The Western Scablands: Ice Age/Dry Falls/Vantage
Location: Richland, WA
The full day trip with Gary Kleinknecht, an Ice Age Floods expert, will take us "upstream" via the Othello Channels, Drumheller Channels and Quincy Basin to experience the dramatic erosive powers of the floods that formed the Lower Grand Coulee from high atop Pinto Ridge. After lunch at Dry Falls Interpretive Center, we will work our way back "downstream" via the Lower Grand Coulee, viewing giant current ripples at West Bar on the Columbia River, Potholes Coulee and descend Frenchman Coulee near Vantage, Washington. Then, the final leg will take us across the mouth of Lower Crab Creek and along the gigantic Priest Rapids flood bar. Tour includes tour guide, beverages and lunch. Hours: 8am-5pm PRICE: $85.00 Please confirm by June 1st
More Information: Kris Cargile 509-943-4100 x108

Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Wenatchee Valley Erratics Chapter
Clastic Dikes: Seismic Shaking or Floodwater Loading?
Location: Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center, 127 South Mission Street, Wenatchee, WA
Wenatchee Valley Erratics Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute will meet at 7:00 P.M., Tuesday, June 9 at the Wenatchee Valley Museum, 127 South Mission, Wenatchee. Skye Cooley, Adjunct Professor in Geosciences at Boise State, will discuss field evidence for two theories of the origins of clastic dikes: Seismic Shaking or Floodwater Loading? Clastic dikes are wedge-shaped bodies composed of silt, sand and gravel sediments that vertically cut through horizontal geological layers. In the Columbia Basin, hundreds of thousands of these features preserve a record of a dynamic period when large earthquakes, catastrophic floods, and rapid climatic shifts coincided. Examining how these forces interacted helps us understand how the Ice Age floods affected our area. The program is free & open to the public.
More Information: Brent Cunderla, Chapter President (509) 665-2136

Saturday, June 13, 2015
The Reach
Ice Age/Snake River/Windust Park/Palouse Falls
Location: Richland, WA
Join geologist and author, Bruce Bjornstad on the Columbia River Journeys 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. Tour includes jet boat, beverages, bus, tour guides, and lunch. Hours: 8am-5pm PRICE: $185.00 Please confirm by June 8th
More Information: Kris Cargile 509-943-4100 x108

Thursday, June 18, 2015
Lower Columbia Chapter
Making Casts of Ice Age Fossils
Location: Tualatin Heritage Center, Tualatin, Oregon
7:00 pm Thursday 6/18/25. Retired Police Officer, Mike Full will describe the process of replicating the Tualatin Mastodon tusk and molar which he and others made for display purposes.

Thursday, June 25, 2015
The Reach
Jet Boat-Geology Tour of White Bluffs to the Gorge at George
Location: Richland, WA
Join geologist-author Bruce Bjornstad on a Columbia River Journeys 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 Coulee followed by a catered lunch at the spectacular Gorge at George. A stop at Gingko Petrified Forest State Park will be included on the return trip. Your includes jet-boat ride, bus, lunch at Tendrils, and beverages. Hours: 8-5 PRICE: $195.00 Please confirm by June 19th
More Information: Kris Cargile 509-943-4100 x108

Friday, July 10, 2015
The Reach
Ice Age/Walla Walla/Snake River Valleys
Location: Richland, WA
The tour will be conducted by an expert in the field of Ice Age Floods, Gary Kleinknecht. The day is filled with interesting stops at Wallula Gap, Walla Walla Valley, Starbuck, and on to Palouse Falls. Tour includes bus, beverages, tour guide, and lunch. Hours: 8am-5pm PRICE: $80.0) Please confirm by July 6th
More Information: Kris Cargile 509-943-4100 x108

Thursday, July 16, 2015
Lower Columbia Chapter
Our National Parks
Location: Tualatin Heritage Center, Tualatin, Oregon
7:00 pm. 7/16/15.Lower Columbia Chapter, charter member, Russ Morrow will lead us on a photographic tour of US National Parks.

Saturday, August 1, 2015
The Reach
The Eastern Ice Age Floods Scablands
Location: Richland, WA
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's route, so participants will view sights known by the few local residents, but very few travelers. Features include loess islands, flood deposits at least 780,000 years old, Rock Lake, Big Cove Coulee and more. We will travel to Ritzville to begin the tour, then eastward to Palouse country and lunch at the little town of St. John. The afternoon will take us south and westward to Washtucna and back to the REACH. Includes: bus, tour guide, lunch and beverages. Hours: 8am-5pm PRICE: $80.00 Please confirm by July 27th
More Information: Kris Cargile 509-943-4100 x108

Saturday, August 15, 2015
The Reach
Ice Age/Mammoth Dig/Wallula Gap/Lower Walla Walla Valley
Location: Richland, WA
The tour will be led by Gary Kleinknecht, an expert in the field of Ice Age Floods. It will begin with a trip to the Coyote Canyon Mammoth dig site and then to Wallula Gap and the Lower Walla Walla Valley. Tour includes tour guide, beverages, bus, and lunch. Hours: 8am-5pm PRICE: $85.00 Please confirm by Aug 10th
More Information: Kris Cargile 509-943-4100 x108

Saturday, September 5, 2015
The Reach
Ice Age Floods Bus Tour of the Mid Columbia
Location: Richland, WA
Join geologist-author Bruce Bjornstad on an all-day bus tour of Ice Age flood features within the Pasco Basin including the Lake Lewis Isles, giant flood bars, ice-rafted erratics, and more. Tour includes bus, printed tour guide, lunch and beverages. Hours: 8am-5pm PRICE: $75.00 Please confirm by Sept. 1st
More Information: Kris Cargile 509-943-4100 x108

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
The Reach
Geology and Terroir Bus Tour of Mid-Columbia Vineyards
Location: Richland, WA
Join geologist-author Bruce Bjornstad on a bus tour of the region’s geology and its influence on the "terroir" of our local wine industry. We will also enjoy some wine tasting at a couple of wineries. Tour includes tour guides, bus, lunch and beverages. Hours: 8am - 5pm PRICE: $90.00 Please confirm by Sept. 4th
More Information: Kris Cargile 509-943-4100 x108

Saturday, September 12, 2015
Columbia Gorge Chapter
Field Trip
Location: Cascade Locks, OR
Join the Gorge Chapter of Ice Age Floods Institute for a Geology of the Columbia Gorge fieldtrip covering the central portion of the Columbia Gorge, exploring many interesting geologic features of the Gorge with emphasis on the impact of the Ice Age Floods through this area. 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. Contact Terry Hurd or Lloyd DeKay at iaficgc@gmail.com for registration form and more information.
http://www.gorgefloods.org
More Information: Terry or Lloyd

Friday, September 18, 2015
IAFI President
IAFI ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING AND LECTURE
Location: Wenatchee, WA
7 p.m.-9 p.m. Details provided as they are finalized

Saturday, September 19, 2015
IAFI President
IAFI FALL FIELD TRIP
Location: WENATCHEE, WA
Saturday, September 19, 2015 Annual fall IAFI field trip hosted by Wenatchee Valley Erratics. More details are forthcoming as they are finalized.

Saturday, September 26, 2015
The Reach
Ice Age/Benge/Esquatzel and Washtucna Coulees
Location: Richland, WA
Learn firsthand with the Ice Age Floods expert, Gary Kleinknecht, as you journey through Benge, Connell, Palouse Falls, Washtucna, and Devils Canyon. Tour includes beverages, lunch, bus, tour guides. Hours: 8am-5pm PRICE: $80.0) Please confirm by Sept. 21st
More Information: Kris Cargile 509-943-4100 x108

Saturday, October 3, 2015
The Reach
Wallula Gap: Bottleneck for the Ice Age Floods (Hiking)
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. Hours: 9am-4pm PRICE: $65.00 Please confirm by Sept. 28th
More Information: Kris Cargile 509-943-4100 x108

Saturday, October 10, 2015
Cheney-Spokane Chapter
HIKE, STEAMBOAT ROCK
Location: Coulee City, WA
Leaders are Gene Kiver and Bruce Bjornstad. More information and registration form forthcoming
More Information: Linda Long, Hike Registrar 509.235.4251

Sunday, October 11, 2015
Cheney-Spokane Chapter
HIKE, WAGON TRAIL ROAD (NORTHUP CANYON)
Location: Coulee City, WA
Leaders are Gene Kiver and Bruce Bjornstad. More information and registration form forthcoming.
More Information: Linda Long, Hike Registrar 509.235.4251