Services & Accommodation

The Geological Society of America strives to create a pleasant and rewarding experience for every attendee and is committed to providing universal access to our meeting. Below you will find specific information on a variety of topics to assure your needs are met. If you have other requests that are not addressed below, please feel free to contact us to see if your accommodation can be met. 

All menus, including requests for vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and allergy free meals have been confirmed and finalized with each catering venue. We will do our best to accommodate requests on-site but cannot guarantee the availability of additional dietary meals

Services & Accommodation

If you would like to talk with someone to request disability accommodations (e.g., sign language interpreters, alternative formats) please check the box during the registration process and a GSA staff member will follow up with you. Advanced notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.


Due to the proximity of the event we cannot guarantee we will be able to accommodate dietary requests received on or after 10 October 2017.

If you have dietary considerations and have registered for a ticketed event, field trip/tour or short course/workshop that includes a meal, please check the Dietary box during the registration process. If needed, a GSA staff member will follow up with you. Advanced notice is necessary to arrange for some dietary needs.

GSA works with each venue to make sure there are gluten free (GF), vegan (V), and vegetarian options available at all concessions. We will have concessions available at the Washington State Convention Center where you can purchase food/beverage. Please let the staff at the concession know if you have a special dietary request and you do not see anything available to order. They should be able to direct you to a location where they have GF, V, and vegetarian options.

If you are registered for an event that includes a meal (events listed below)

  1. You checked the Dietary box on the registration form (GF, V or Vegetarian)*:
    We will have a special meal for you at the event. Once you check in for the event please let the GSA representative know of your special meal request and he/she will assist you.
  2. You checked the Dietary box on the registration form (Other)*:
    The GSA Meetings Dept. will follow up with you for specific details. If there are any additional costs to provide this meal we will let you know the cost before ordering anything specific.
*For Ticketed Events, Field Trips & Short Courses:
All dietary requests for special meals must be submitted to GSA by 10 October. If you submit your request on or after 10 October, we cannot guarantee the availability of a special meal.

GF, V and Vegetarian menus for catered events at main venues:

Washington State Convention Center:

Vegan Paella - 
Grilled tofu, basmati rice, bell peppers, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, green beans and peas.

Sheraton Hotel Seattle:

Coming soon.


WSCC Accessibility Guide

Accessibility Guide

Washington State Convention Center Accessibility Guide

Self-Care Room

This multi-purpose room can be used for nursing mothers, a lactation room, a nap room, etc. The room will be available Sat.-Wed., 21-25 Oct., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

To access the room please stop by the GSA Registration area for a key to and location of the room.

Assisted Hearing Devices

GSA has assisted hearing devices available for use during the meeting. Please visit the Annual Meeting Office in WSCC to check one out. All you'll need is an ID.

Child Care

Child Care is available ... and more. Bring the Family!.


The Washington State and Convention Center does not allow animals into the building except for service animals.