2017 Bretz Club Conference and Field Trip

Rock Springs Ranch
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Rock Springs Ranch, Tumalo OR

Friday April 28 & Saturday April 29, 2017

The 8th Annual Bretz Club is triumphantly returning to Rock Springs Ranch, Tumalo, Oregon.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN: PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND ANY PORTION OF THE CONFERENCE – please note that you’ll need to create a user profile before you can register. If you don’t receive confirmation after you register, check your junk mail folder before contacting Conference Services.

The 2017 conference starts with your early evening arrival on Thursday April 27. Annie Johnston will be catering for us and will be providing dinner Thursday evening for those who pre-order. The ranch has 30 rooms with Queen beds, so you’ll be sharing a room. You can also volunteer to camp.

The technical program begins Friday, April 28 with three keynote talks by Gene Humphreys (University of Oregon), Kristin Sweeney (University of  Portland) and Michele Punke (Historical Research Associates, Inc.). Attendees will also have a chance at their own contributions to provocative science by signing up for a pop-up talk (short 3 minute presentations on quite literally anything from ideas to announcements or otherwise) or bringing a poster. Friday evening we’ll have a poster session, along with scientific (and non-scientific) socializing, including our inexplicably popular raffle of participant-donated geomorphic items. If you are musically inclined, review and contribute to the Bretz song-book!

On Saturday, April 29, Danielle MacKay, Jim O'Connor and others will lead us on a field trip to nearby Newberry National Volcanic Monument: Newberry’s backside: glaciers? Lakes? Floods? The conference will conclude late afternoon following the field trip. Participants may turn back and head home at any time.

This year's cost for the 2-day (2 night) conference is $160 for professionals and $90 for students. If you register as a student you will be asked to fill a volunteer position during the conference. Registration is handled through OSU Conference Services. If you have any questions about billing please contact them directly.

Notes about registering this year:

  1. There is NEW dinner option for Thursday night. You must register and pay for this in advance.
  2. While the beds come with linens, you may want to bring your own sleeping bag, pillow (or tent?) in case your roommate snores. If you have a roomate preference, we can set that up in advance.
  3. Please BYOB & snacks for evening happy hour. 
  4. Consider donating an item of geomorphological interest to our raffle. Ticket are $1 each and help keep registration costs low.


Brought to you by the Bretz Club Quality Control Panel: Sarah Lewis & Andrew Meigs (OSU), Jim O'Connor (USGS), Josh Roering (UO), Gordon Grant (USFS).