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2018 Bretz Club Conference and Field Trip

2018 Bretz Club Field Trip at Stop 2: Beach at base of South Jetty, Fort Stevens State Park photo: C.Magirl
Coast by Northwest: Rivers, Shorelines & Tsunamis
Camp Kiwanilong, Warrenton, Oregon

April 19-21, 2018

Please join us for the 9th Annual Bretz Club at Camp Kiwanilong in Warrenton, Oregon. Camp Kiwanilong is a kids’ summer camp, with primitive (no electricity or heat) sleeping cabins and you’ll need to bring your own sleeping gear. There is also space for tent/trailer camping. Our primary gathering place will be the Lodge, where there is heat, electricity, wifi and coffee.

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED – please note that if you haven't attended in the last 2 years, you'll need to create a user profile before you can register. If you don’t receive confirmation of your successful registration, check your junk mail folder before contacting Conference Services. Pre-Registration is required to attend Bretz Club.

The 2018 conference starts with your late afternoon arrival on Thursday April 19. Annie Johnston will be catering for us and will be providing dinner at 7pm Thursday for those who pre-order. We can accomodate late arrivals on Thursday night (bring your flashlight) and early arrivals on Friday.

The scientific program on Friday, April 20 includes three keynote talks by Pat Corcoran (OSU Ext/Oregon Sea Grant), Catalina Segura (Oregon State University) and Pat McDowell (University of Oregon).  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 21, we will sweep out our bunks, squish into as few vehicles as possible and head to the field for an exciting day of coastal geomorphology. "Where the River Meets the Sea: Geomorphology and Hydrodynamics at the Confluence of the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean" with stops lead by Jonathan Allan (DOGAMI) and others. 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 registration and billing questions to OSU conference services.


  1. Accommodations at Camp Kiwanilong are primitive, and bedding and linens are NOT provided by Camp Kiwanilong or the conference organizers. Bring your own towels and sleeping gear, including a sleeping bag or blankets, pillow and mattress pad (air or foam) that fits a twin-size bunk.
  2. There are limited outlets for electrical use. Consier bringing back-up power sources, solar-chargers and powerstrips for maximizing electron sharing.
  3. Please BYOB & snacks for Thursday and Friday evening happy hour(s). 
  4. Consider donating an item of geomorphological interest to our raffle. Ticket are $1 each and help keep registration costs low.


Tentative Schedule - TIMES & EVENTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE at anytime without warning:

Thursday, April 19th – Camp Kiwanilong, Warrenton, Oregon

Beginning at 4pm: Participants Check-in and receive lodging assignments; some cabins have elctricity.

6:30 pm: Dinner Service (for those who ordered in advance)

11:00 pm: Lodge cleanup. Remaining revelers are responsible for recycling their own refuse.

Friday, April 20th – Camp Kiwanilong, Warrenton, Oregon

7:30 am: Breakfast /Check-in for morning arrivals

8:30 am: Introductions

9:00 am: Key note #1: Catalina Segura (Oregon State University) Lithology, sediment transport and stream primary production

10:30am: Break

11:00 am: Key note #2: Pat McDowell (University of Oregon) Plants as geomorphological engineers in river channels

1:00 pm: Lunch

2:00 pm: 3 minute Pop-ups on something geomorphological (those who preregister get preference)

4:00 pm: Poster Session

6:00 pm: Dinner

7:00 pm: Key note #3: Pat Corcoran (Oregon Sea Grant / OSU Extension) Tsunami Preparedness in the PNW

8:30pm Raffle & Networking

11:00 pm: Lodge cleanup. Remaining revelers are responsible for recycling their own refuse.

Saturday, April 21, 2018:  Where the River Meets the Sea: Geomorphology and Hydrodynamicsat the Confluence of the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean

led by Jonathan Allen, Frank Reckendorf and George Kaminsky

7:30am     Breakfast & make your own bag lunch

8:30am     Pack up your cabin, assemble in front of Lodge  (we need to leave everything clean)

9:30am     Field trip departs Camp Kiwanilong (see field guide for details): 

10:00am   Stop 1: Beach Parking Lot at end of Jetty Rd, Ft Stevens State Park

11:30am   Stops 2 & 3: South Jetty Overlook, Wreck of the Peter Iredale

12:30 pm  Stop 4: Warrenton Deep Borehole Location

1:00pm     Stops 5 &6: Dune Sites at Camp Rilea

2:30pm     Stop 7: Seaside Beach

The field trip will conclude at ~3pm. Early departure is possible and easy at any time.


Brought to you by Mark Fonstad & Sarah Lewis, your 2018 Camp Counselors.

Bretz Song-book

2018 Field Trip Guide

Field Trip Supplemental Materials