Ticketed Events

These are events that you must sign up for on your registration form. You may add events to an existing registration by contacting GSA Sales & Service, +1-800-472-1988. You can also sign up on site if space is still available.

Non-Technical Events

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Examples might include events from GSA Divisions, IIGs, & GSA International, Associated Societies, OTF, Alumni Receptions, or any number of other group events.


Get to Know Your Fellow Attendees

5–7 p.m., Sat., 21 Oct., WSCC, Ballroom 6E
Join fellow industry professionals, students, academics, and folks from GSA's Associated Societies to kick off the meeting with beer and great company.

Events Open to the Public

Washington Geology - Presentations for the Public and the Geocaching Community

Sunday, 22 Oct, 1–4 p.m., WSCC, Room 203


This free event is open to the public, and is available on a first-come, first-served basis, with a capacity of 100 attendees. This event is taking place as part of the Geological Society of America’s (GSA) Annual Meeting; however, one does not need to pay and register for the Annual Meeting in order to attend these special presentations. After the presentations, attendees are invited to visit the Exhibit Hall within the GSA Annual Meeting. The Exhibit Hall includes approximately 200 different organizations representing the following aspects of the earth sciences: geology tools (rock hammers, lenses, technical instruments), rock/gem/mineral vendors, jewelry and gifts, educational products and supplies (books, maps), universities, government agencies (federal, state, local, and international), professional societies and associations, and more!

The event is directed at educators, as well as people who are involved with EarthCaching, which is a special outreach program in which GSA partners with Other members of the public are welcome as well.

There will be three different presentations by professional geologists and educators. Each presentation will be followed by a short question and answer session. The presentations are:
1:00 p.m. - Washington’s Greatest Hits…Geologically! by Nick Zentner
2:00 p.m. - Ice Age Megafloods of the Pacific Northwest, by Bruce Bjornstad
3:00 p.m. - Assembling the Northwest: A Roadside View of Oregon and Washington Geology, by Marli Miller

Educator Events

Continuing Education Credits (CEUs)
The Annual Meeting offers an excellent opportunity to earn CEUs toward your general continuing education requirements for your employer or K–12 school. Credits are available for technical sessions, short courses, and field trips. Ten contact hours are required for one CEU. For example, one day (eight hours) of technical sessions offer 0.8 CEUs. After the meeting, there will be a link posted on the Annual Meeting website by which you can print out your CEU certificate.


Broaden Your Recruiting and Research Impacts With Teen Science Cafés
Tuesday, 24 Oct., 12:15-1:15p.m., WSCC.

Feed Your Brain Lectures

Eat lunch while you learn.
Sunday, noon-1:30 p.m.; Monday–Wednesday, 12:15–1:15 p.m., WSCC.

Educators’ Reception

Sunday, 22 Oct., 6:30–8:00 p.m. Seattle Sheraton A

This fun and informal reception is a great way for you to network with educators. Appetizers and a cash bar are provided.
Sponsored by the GSA Geoscience Education Division (GED), National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT), American Geosciences Institute (AGI), Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS), Supporting and Advancing Geoscience Education in Two-Year Colleges (SAGE), and the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR).

Awards Luncheon **Ticketed Event**

Joint Awards Luncheon: National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT) and GSA Geoscience Education Division Awards Luncheon
Tues., 24 Oct.

Technical Program Recommendations

Short Courses

  • 512. Helping Students Thrive in Geoscience at Two-Year Colleges: Selected Strategies
  • 520. Preparing for a Career in the Geosciences
  • 522. Global Geoheritage: Examples and Applications
  • 523. Taking Students into the Field on Their Own Time: Using the Free, NSF-Funded Flyover Country Mobile App to Design Student Self-Guided Field Experiences

Topical Sessions

Filter the list of Topical Sessions by selecting Geoscience Education from the “Select Discipline Category” drop-down menu.

Field Trips

Trips 406 and 409–416, are one day, relatively low cost, and take place on Friday or Saturday.


Public Policy Events

Rocks and Hops Soiree

Sun., 7–9 p.m.
The Pike Brewing Company, 1415 1st Ave., Seattle

The members of the Geology and Society Division and Geology and Public Policy Committee encourage you to drop by, have some food and drink at this hosted event, and engage in discussions of geology, philosophy, and policy. The event features representatives and information on GeoCorps, National Park Service Geoscientists-in-the-Parks, the GSA-USGS Congressional Science Fellowship, and GSA Science Policy Fellowship. Come learn more about these opportunities and meet others interested in policy at this informal reception.

Geology and Society Distinguished Lecture

Greg Estes
Darwin in Galapagos

Tues., noon–1 p.m., WSCC, Room 602/603

Charles Darwin spent a few weeks in 1835 exploring the Galapagos Islands as part of the HMS Beagle voyage. During that time, he focused on geology as much as biology. Only in retrospect did Darwin fully appreciate the biological diversity between islands, which greatly influenced his ideas on evolution. Darwin’s On the Origin of Species radically changed how we understand the world and our place in it. Estes has been in the Galapagos for the past 35 years working with scientists, dignitaries, filmmakers, and travelers to expand our understanding of the islands. The islands host an exceptional biodiversity, one that is vulnerable to a changing climate and growing tourism pressures.

Geology and Public Policy Committee (GPPC) Meeting

Sat., noon–4 p.m., Sheraton Seattle Hotel, Leschi Room
Sun., 8 a.m.–noon, Sheraton Seattle Hotel, Leschi Room
Interested GSA members are invited to observe these committee meetings.

Geology & Society Division

Annual Meeting of the Membership and Board
Sun., 2:30–5 p.m., Sheraton, Ravenna A-B
All GSA members are invited to join members of G&S Division for a business meeting.


While you’re here, take advantage of the chance to visit EarthCache sites in the Seattle area, which is also the home of Geocaching Headquarters!

EarthCaching is a GPS-based outdoor activity that brings people to sites of geological interest. To find EarthCache sites in Seattle, go to and enter zip code 98101 or enter any of the following GC-codes:

  • GC2HV0X (“Puget Sound”)
  • GC1ZTXN (“Geoslice Earthcache”)
  • GC2WVHP (“Green Top Series #5: It’s a Cliff”)
  • GC679GY (“PNW Geology 101 [Accelerated Class]”)
  • GCPXWW (“Urban EarthCache–Vashon Ice Sheet”)

Notice of Council Meetings

Council Meetings will be held from 8 a.m.–noon in the Sheraton Seattle. All GSA members are invited to attend the open portions of these meetings.

Day 1: Saturday, 21 Oct. (Cirrus Room*)

Day 2: Wednesday, 25 Oct. (Ravenna Room*)

*Meeting room is subject to change. Updates will be posted by GSA.