100th Annual Meeting
Southern Oregon University
Ashland, Oregon
June 18 - 21, 2019

Educational Field Trips



All Educational Field Trips (EFTs) are open to meeting registrants and members of their families. Due to limited space, advance registration is required for all EFTs. Reservation and payment of EFT fee(s) is included on the Advance Registration Form. NOTE: Persons not otherwise registered for the meeting must pay a $10 Educational Field Trip registration fee in addition to the cost of the first educational field trip for which they sign up. Non-meeting registrants pay this fee only once, regardless of whether they participate in one or more field trips. Meeting registrants pay only the field trip fee and are not subject to the additional $10 fee.

All Educational Field Trips depart from parking lot 27, in front of the Science Building.

Each field trip has a minimum number of attendees. If fewer than this minimum number sign up, the organizers may cancel. Should a trip be cancelled by the Division for any reason, including insufficient advance sign-ups, a full refund will be granted and processed after the meeting closes. If a registrant cancels via e-mail or written notification received in the Pacific Division office no later than 1 June 2019, the registrant will receive a refund of the paid fee(s) less a $15 processing charge. Credit card refunds are subject to an additional 3.5% charge on the entire original billing to help cover the fees the Division pays to the credit card companies.


Tuesday, 18 June


Friday, 21 June
Saturday, 22 June

Educational Field Trips

All Educational Field Trips depart from and return to parking lot 27, in front of the Science Building.

Southern Oregon Western and High Cascade Volcanics
Tuesday, 18 June 2019, 8:00 a.m. to approx. 5:00 p.m. SORRY, BUT THIS TRIP IS FULL
Saturday, 22 June 2019, 8:00 a.m. to approx. 5:00 p.m.

Departs from and returns to parking lot 27, in front of the Science Building.

NOTE: Due to the popularity of this field trip, it is being offered twice, once on Tuesday and again on Saturday. Both trips cover the same country and material. As of 6/12/19, the Tuesday trip is full and there are 2 spaces left in the Saturday one.

Organized and led by Dr. Jad D'Allura (Southern Oregon University), this field trip will highlight the older basaltic through rhyolitic rocks of the Western Cascades volcanic series (Lower Oligocene to Lower Miocene in this part of Oregon) and the basaltic andesite shield volcano lavas of the High Cascade volcanic series (Upper Miocene and Lower Pliocene). Most of the exposures we will observe lie within the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument although those around Howard Prairie Lake are located in Jackson County lands.

Western Cascade volcanic rocks comprise lava flows, pyroclastic rocks, and volcanic debris flows ranging from olivine basalt through rhyolite, all from various vents. These rocks have been tilted to the northeast and, low in the section, subjected to low grade zeolite facies metamorphism. The terrain is rugged, highly dissected, tilted, and faulted, inhibiting clear recognition of individual volcanic vents. High Cascade volcanic rocks show no sign of metamorphism, are essentially flat-lying (producing gentle terrain), and represent olivine basalt and basaltic andesite flows issued from overlapping short-lived shield volcanoes. Rock types encountered include welded tuff, tuff-breccia, a variety of different lava flows, landslide debris, and a thick red paleosol developed during an extended period of soil development.

All roads, except for short side trips of less than 0.2 miles) are paved. Exposures are along paved roads or require only short easy walks. Elevations are from 2,200' to just over 5,000'.

Wear clothes appropriate for short walks over slightly uneven ground and lava floes, such as sturdy shoes and long pants. Since we will be out all day, it is strongly suggested that you bring along a hat, sun screen, water bottles, and loupes [hand magnifiers] if you have them, as well as your camera. Lunch will be box lunches from Subway and consumed at Howard Prairie Lake. Drinks and snacks will be provided.

Cost: $40 per person. Includes transportation, box lunch, and road log. Limited to 20 participants each day.

Reserve your space on the second page of the Advance Registration Form. If you've already registered, you may contact the Pacific Division office, 541-552-6869 or
aaaspd@sou.edu, to have this trip added to your registration.

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OSF Production Building Tour
Tuesday, 18 June 2019, 10:30 a.m., returning at approx. 1:00 p.m.
Departs from and returns to parking lot 27, in front of the Science Building.

Join us for a walk through the biggest and best production building for theatre on the West Coast. Designed by the artisans who work there the building is beautiful AND functional. From the Dream Closet of Costume Rentals, to props, to scenic painting, carpentry, welding and automation, this 60,000 square foot building has it all. This tour is walking and standing on cement floors. Closed toe shoes are requested as you will be walking through construction areas. Please allow 90 minutes for this experience. Lead by Jim Clark, Props Master for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Cost: $30 per person. Includes transportation. Limited to 22 participants.

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Vesper Sparrow Watch, Vesper Meadows
Friday, 21 June 2019, 7:00 a.m. to approx. 1:00 p.m

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Departs from and returns to parking lot 27, in front of the Science Building.

The Oregon Vesper Sparrow is one of the most imperiled birds in North America, with its population estimated to be around 2,000-3,000 individuals and declining at 5% a year, it is currently pending Federally Endangered Species statues. Join in this regular weekly community walk at Vesper Meadow Restoration Preserve to map and re-sight color-banded birds. In partnership with the Klamath Bird Observatory, data collected at Vesper Meadow goes to an OR-WA wide partnership to study this declining species. Participants will be paired with other experienced volunteers to search for Vesper Sparrows, while being mindful of their current ground-nesting.

Please come prepared with binoculars, a daypack + water bottle and snacks, wear sun protection and layers, comfortable walking shoes that can get muddy. Participants must be comfortable walking over-land on uneven surfaces, sometimes crossing small creeks, and walking up to 2 miles.

Cost: $20 per person. Includes transportation. Limited to 20 participants.

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A Tour of Vesper Meadows, Pollinator Heaven
Friday, 21 June 2019, 1:30 p.m. to approx. 4:30 p.m.

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Departs from and returns to parking lot 27, in front of the Science Building.

Join Director Jeanine Moy for a walking tour of the scenic and newly established Vesper Meadow Restoration Preserve. Located 20 miles from Ashland in the Cascade-Siskiyou region, it is situated at the high divide of two major Pacific Northwest Coast watersheds: the Rogue River and Klamath River basins. This summer solstice trip is a prime time to witness flowers, butterflies and birds in this upland wet meadow. Learn about the vision for ecological rewildling and restoration of the human-land relationship after decades of degradation from livestock grazing and hydrologic disturbance. Following the Wednesday "Vesper Meadow" discussion session, we will get a first-hand look at ongoing Vesper Meadow Education Programs: from community-powered restoration & biological monitoring to nature-inspired art and native food cultivation.

Please come prepared with a daypack + water bottle and snacks, wear sun protection and layers, comfortable walking shoes that can get muddy. Participants must be comfortable walking over-land on uneven surfaces, sometimes crossing small creeks, and walking up to 2 miles. Cameras, binoculars, and field guides are welcome.

Cost: $20 per person. Includes transportation. Limited to 25 participants.

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OSF Set Change Experience
Friday, 21 June 2019, 3:30 p.m. to approx. 6:30 p.m.
Departs from and returns to parking lot 27, in front of the Science Building.

Witness the transformation of the stage in the Angus Bowmer Theatre as the crew dismantles one set and brings in an entirely different production. The magic of rotating repertory theatre allows for the Festival to offer 900 performances of eleven shows from the end of February to the end of October. With 900 performances that means that the sets get changed 800 times. The entire process takes two hours and will be narrated by Mac Vaughey, Manager of Lighting at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Cost: $30 per person. Includes transportation. Limited to 20 participants.

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Bellwood Violin
Saturday, 22 June 2019, 9:00 a.m. to approx. 1:00 p.m.

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Departs from and returns to parking lot 27, in front of the Science Building.

This visit to Bellwood Violin (Ashland, OR) will explore with participants aspects of applied science found in a violin shop. As a luthier with 40 years of experience and proprietor of Bellwood Violin, Stephen Bacon will share aspects of a 16th century art form as well as some experiences shared within the local community. Topics will include varnish making, protein glues, and other material and wood sciences used in the process of making and restoring instruments. Musical instrument conservation will be touched on in relationship with the Southern Oregon University Schuman Collection of historic musical instruments as well as work with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory and their spectrum analysis of wood project. We will also discuss how 3d printing is contributing to the work of a luthier. Time permitting, we will examine the tools of the trade and, of course, we will touch on the field of acoustics and its practical applications.

Cost: $35 per person. Includes transportation. Lunch is on your own at the Ashland Food Co-op. Limited to 10 participants.

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Resilient Forestry Tour at Willow-Witt Forest
Saturday, 22 June 2019, 10:00 a.m. to approx. 2:00 p.m.
Departs from and returns to parking lot 27, in front of the Science Building.

Join us for a look into the healthy ecosystem created through sustainable forest management and how this strategy can be used to sequester carbon and sustain healthy air and water in the face of climate change. Suzanne Willow and Lanita Witt own Willow-Witt Ranch, a 445-acre gem in Southern Oregon’s high country. In this magical valley they are restoring a working forest, a functioning wetland and a small farm, and honoring ancestral origins.

Suzanne and Lanita will lead us on a guided tour through stands of resilient woods. Oregon forests are at serious risk from increases in disease, drought, and wildfires due to climate change. We’ll hear their perspective on forest resiliency based on their experience managing for long term health along with financial yield.

The tour will highlight management practices focusing on environmental protection longevity, wildlife and botanical biodiversity and carbon storage. Suzanne and Lanita do not use synthetic chemicals. Instead their focus is on caring for rich soils and honoring the development of slow growth trees and undisturbed wetlands.

The tour is part walking and part bus transportation. Total walking distance is about 1 to 1.5 miles. Nothing too steep. Tennis shoes would work fine. No dogs allowed on premises – no exceptions.

Cost: $20 per person. Includes transportation and a light llunch. Limited to 20 participants.

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