2008 Natural Hazards Field Workshop for
Ponderosa State Park, McCall, Idaho, July
Registration is now open for the 2008 workshop. Please register using
the form given below. The registration deadline is July 1, 2008. Early registration is
advised as the workshop size is limited.
last updated February 27, 2008
REGISTRATION FORM(pdf file)
Daniel W. Weisz Memorial
Partial financial support for first-time attendees
of the field workshop is available through the Idaho Geological
Survey and the Wiesz Scholarship. See the Registration Form for more
Questions? Contact Bill Phillips (208)885-8928 or firstname.lastname@example.org
What and where is the field workshop?
Each summer in July, the Idaho Geological Survey (IGS) offers a
week-long field experience to Idaho teachers. The workshop
focus is always on some aspect of natural hazards such as earthquakes,
landslides, or volcanic eruptions. We do this to spread the important
message of natural hazard mitigation and risk reduction. The workshop
also supports excellence in earth science education by offering
mini-courses on key aspects of earth science like mineralogy or plate
The workshop is held in a different place each year in order to
different communities around the state. This year, it will be on the
shores of beautiful Payette Lake near McCall. To keep costs low,
the workshop will be held outdoors in a campground at Ponderosa State
Park. Campsites are provided at no charge for participants wanting to
camp. It is possible to stay in area motels or cabins but all costs are
the responsibility of particants so electing.
The workshop receives major funding from the Idaho Bureau of Homeland
(photo from Digital Atlas of Idaho, http://imnh.isu.edu/digitalatlas)
Who can attend the workshop?
The workshop is designed primarily for in-service Idaho educators.
Non-teachers, teachers between jobs, or teachers from out-of-state are
also welcome provided that space is available.
What will I learn at this year's workshop?
Each year, the workshop focuses on a different aspect of natural
hazards. This year, our theme is wildfire. We'll look at how wildfires
start and spread, how they are fought, how often they occur, and how
some fires can increase
the risk of landslides and flooding. Risk assessment and hazard
mitigation will be examined in detail with activities suitable for use
in classrooms. There will also be sessions on Idaho earthquake swarms,
glaciers and glaciation, the geology of west-central Idaho, and
activities focused around teaching
earth science. The workshop will conclude with individual teacher
projects. The projects are designed to transform workshop material into
activities suitable for use in real classrooms.
Post-fire debris flows, S Fork Payette River, Idaho (photo G. Meyer)
How much does the workshop cost?
The workshop has a registration fee of $50 per participant. Camping is
provided at no charge. All participants pay for their transporation
to/from the workshop and for all their food. Transportation on field
trips is provided for registered partipants.
Is academic credit available?
Two units of optional
academic credit are available for the workshop at in-service teacher
rates from the University of Idaho. Academic credit fees are the
responsibility of the workshop participants. For 2008, academic credit
fees are: $69/credit hour undergraduate; $82/credit hour
graduate. Both undergraduate and graduate credit are offered for the
workshop. Enrollment for
academic credit is conducted on the first day of the workshop.
Participants should plan on paying for academic credit with personal
checks or cash as credit
cards will not be accepted.
Dense smoke from Idaho wildfires near Payette Lake is visible
stretching all the way
to North and South Dakota in this image from the Sea-viewing Wide
Sensor (SeaWiFS). The image was taken on August 7, 2000. (photo
1. Can my family or friends join me at
the workshop? Family members
and friends are welcome to camp with participants at the workshop. However, because of insurance
restrictions, only registered workshop participants are permitted in
University of Idaho vehicles.
Also, be aware that participants taking the workshop for academic
credit are required to attend all activities,
including some in the evening.
Participants will be very busy during the workshop and should not
expect much free time.
2. Are dogs permitted at the
campground or in University vehicles? Pets are OK in campgrounds. Pets must be
restrained or on a leash at all times while in developed recreation
areas. Pets (except guide
dogs) are not allowed in swimming areas or sanitary facilities. For the
comfort and safety of other participants, pets are not allowed in
University field vehicles.
3. Can I use my private vehicle on
workshop field trips? We
encourage participants to ride in a University vehicle on workshop
field trips for safety
reasons. Parking is limited at some field stops and long convoys of
vehicles are dangerous. Also, it is difficult for instructors to
communicate with participants riding in private vehicles. If necessary,
participants may use their own vehicles but are responsible for all
4. What kind of vehicles are used for
transporation to/from field sites? University of Idaho 15-passenger vans
driven by University
5. I don't have formal training in
geology. Should I take the workshop?
Absolutely!. No formal training in the geological sciences is required.
6. I teach elementary school. Should I
take the workshop? Yes. We strive to make the workshop
helpful and fun for all K-12 teachers.
7. I am an out-of-state teacher. Can I
take the workshop? We must give in-service Idaho teachers
enrollment preference. If space is available, out-of-state teachers are
welcome to attend. Contact Bill Phillips for more informatioin.
Idaho Geological Survey
Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security
Idaho Earth Science Teachers Association
National Energy Foundation
The Idaho Mining Association
Debris flow in recently burned forest, Whiteclouds, Idaho (photo J.
For more information contact:
Idaho Geological Survey
PO Box 443014
Moscow, ID 83844-3014