2020 Bretz Club Conference and Field Trip

Group photo Bretz Club 2019
Mount St. Helens: Lordy, lordy, look who's 40!
Toutle, WA

Regretfully cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19.

See you next time!!!

Please join us for the 11th Annual Bretz Club at Mount St. Helens Science and Learning Center near Toutle, Washington. SLC is a wonderful venue, but only has ~27 beds with mattresses.  The rest of us will be camping either outdoors or indoors.  In either case, you’ll need to bring your own sleeping gear. There are plenty of improved outdoor camping spots, so bring your tent and enjoy the view. Our main gathering place for all activities will be SLC, where there is heat, electricity, and coffee.  There is no cell phone or internet service at the SLC.  A landline is provided for emergency calls.

The 2020 conference “Lordy, Lordy, look who’s 40” starts with your late afternoon arrival on Thursday April 23. The SLC staff will prepare all meals including Thursday dinner at 6:00 p.m. (6 meals included with registration).  During registration you will be asked if you will attend the Thursday dinner.  We can accommodate late arrivals on Thursday night (bring your flashlight) and early arrivals on Friday.

The scientific program on Friday, April 24 includes three keynote talks by Charlie Crisafulli (USFS, PNW Olympia), Kristin Jaeger (USGS, Tacoma) and Richard Waitt (USGS, Vancouver). If you'd like to share your own science, plan to give a pop-up talk (short 3 minute presentations on quite literally anything from ideas to announcements or otherwise) or contribute to the poster session. Friday evening after the final keynote talk, we’ll hold our inexplicably popular raffle of participant-donated geomorphic items and musical jam-session (yes, there is a Bretz song-book).


On Saturday April 25, we will clean up our sleeping areas and the common spaces and squish into as few vehicles as possible and head to the field for an exciting day of geomorphology with Jon Major et al. "Mount St. Helens – its 1980 eruptions and geomorphic response in Toutle Valley".  The conference will officially conclude late afternoon following the field trip.


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. Please direct all billing questions to OSU conference services.


Notes about registering this year:


  1. Accommodations at SLC are primitive for all but the 27 who have beds with a mattress, and bedding and linens are NOT provided by SLC or the conference organizers. Bring your own towels and sleeping gear, including a sleeping bag or blankets, pillow and mattress pad (if you are camping indoors).
  2. Please BYOB & snacks for evening happy hour(s).  We have a permit for alcohol.
  3. Consider donating an item of geomorphological interest to our raffle. Ticket are $1 each and help keep registration costs low.