A large waterfall cascades in two sections behind an arched footbridge through green vegetation and over giant cliffs of gray igneous rocks.

Multnomah Falls. Photo credit: VisitPortland.com

This trip has been cancelled. It was a hard but necessary decision. We will be offering another trip at GSA next year, so look for that info in the future. We will give priority to those of you who were accepted to this field trip.


Come explore the geology of the Columbia River Gorge and Wy’est/Mt. Hood with the International Association for Geoscience Diversity October 14th, 2021. Spend the morning traveling along the Columbia River, with several stops to highlight local geology and regional context including the spectacular Multnomah Falls. Stops in the afternoon will examine prior eruptive events and hazards of Wy’est (Mt. Hood). IAGD field trips are designed to showcase local geology as well as best-practices for inclusive and accessible field trips.

IAGD field trips are a great way to network with geoscientists with disabilities at all career stages, from undergrad to professional, and to get out in the field to see some great geology with a supportive and inclusive group. Everyone is welcome – disabled or not. This application process is simply to ensure that priority goes to people with disabilities, but our groups always have a good mix of disabled and non-disabled participants.


Thanks to our donors, and support from the National Science Foundation our annual field trips are completely free of charge for participants. We do not cover the cost of travel or registration for GSA Connects 2021. For students looking for travel support to the conference, the GSA’s On to the Future Program an our Student Pathways Fellowships are two options that may be worthwhile to pursue.


We will leave the Convention Center at 8:00 a.m. and return around 5:30 on October 14th, 2021. Boxed lunches and snacks will be provided, and we will reach out to participants to ask about dietary restrictions in advance. We will visit Vista House Overlook and Multnomah Falls in the morning, have a picnic lunch in the town of Hood River, and visit several stops around Mt Hood in the afternoon. Full details coming soon. In the meantime, If you need more information before deciding to apply, please contact Anita Marshall at anita.marshall@ufl.edu.

Trip Leaders

Dr. Anita Marshall is a Lecturer at the University of Florida and the Director of Operations of the International Association for Geoscience Diversity. Her research focuses on inclusive geoscience education and the application of digital technologies to improve inclusion of students with disabilities in the field. She has led and assisted with multiple accessible field trips in a variety of geologic settings and has a background in volcanology research.

Dr. Nancy Riggs is a professor of volcanology and tectonics at Northern Arizona University.  She has mentored both graduate and undergraduate theses on volcanism in volcanic rocks. Riggs co-led the 2019 IAGD field trip to Petrified Forest National Park and has also led numerous field trips to volcanic regions in Washington, Arizona, Mexico, and Spain.Riggs is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America.

K. Olson is a life-long Portland area resident with an undergraduate Geology degree from Portland State University and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood and Multicultural Education from Oregon State University. She has years of experience with the geology of the Portland area including consulting and planning field trips to geologic points of interest. Kreeya currently teaches and presents to young learners in the Portland area.

Leah Miller is a recent graduate from the University of Washington Tacoma, with a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. She is a regular on IAGD field trips and is getting a promotion from participant to leader this year – focusing on the accessibility and social inclusion aspect of the trip.

Dr. Chris Atchison has a Ph.D. in Geoscience Education from the Ohio State University and is currently is a Professor of Geoscience Education at the University of Cincinnati. His research focuses on enhancing access and inclusion in the Earth sciences through experiential learning opportunities for students with sensory and orthopedic disabilities. He has led multiple accessible field-based learning experiences for students and faculty with physical, sensory, cognitive, and social-emotional disabilities. He is a Past-Chair of the GSA Geoscience Education Division and Executive Director of the International Association for Geoscience Diversity.

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Disclaimer: This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0939645. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.


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