Pacific Northwest Section

Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, British Columbia, and Yukon

Welcome to the home of the Pacific Nortwest Section of NAGT. The section is comprised of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska and the Canadian Provinces of British Columbia and Yukon.

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NAGT Pacific Northwest Section

2021 Summer Conference Conference Day - Thursday, June 17, 2021

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS  Deadline for Abstracts - Friday, May 21, 2021

We are reducing the usual two days to one day. Our vision is to have the first half of the day be virtual presentation sessions.  In the afternoon, we are hoping for speakers who will take us on a live-cast field trip featuring their local area. 

Morning Oral Sessions: We are putting out an open call for presentations (10 to 20 minutes) or workshops (20 to 40 minutes). All teaching, learning and research items on any topic are welcomed. This year we would like to suggest someone consider presenting on the Vision and Change in the Geosciences - The Future of Undergraduate Geoscience Education document released this March by the American Geoscience Institute.  This document includes an examination of K-12 in geoscience teaching.


Lunchtime: Annual General Meeting and Elections


Afternoon Field Trips: As part of the afternoon, we will have a series of informal, short online site visits, where instructors from across the Pacific Northwest will show off interesting nearby field sites using live webcasting. If you are interested in facilitating one of these site tours, please submit a brief description of where you would like to visit and what there is to see at that site.  Please ensure you have tested an online connection from the site and have sufficient bandwidth for a clear video connection.


Evening Social and Poster Session: Join us again in the evening for a 1-to-2-hour poster session and social using a virtual poster session app.  This virtual poster space allows you to walk your avatar around the meeting space and interact live with those close to you like walking about a room.


Abstract Submission

If you would like to lead a field trip stop, present a talk (15-20 minutes), or present a poster (teaching techniques, geology research, undergraduate research, K-12 teaching, classroom activities, etc.), submit your abstract or field trip description to: Derek Turner (


Please include "NAGT Conference Abstract" in the subject heading of your email.


Make sure your abstract/site description is in Microsoft Word or PDF format and includes:  

·         Whether an oral presentation or a live field trip idea is being submitted

·         Title

·         Author(s) name, affiliation, and contact email addresses

·         Abstract length: maximum 1 full page (8.5" x 11") in Times New Roman, 12-point font. You may include legible line diagrams, graphs, or tables. Must maintain at least 1.0" margin on all four sides.

·         Deadline — May 21, 2021


Due to the limited amount of time during conference day, acceptance for oral presentations and field trips will be based on first submitted, first granted basis.  The balance between oral presentations and field trips may vary depending on the number of each submitted.  Let's face it, it is Covid, we are winging it.



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Section Officers

President: Hillary Goodner

Vice President: Derek Turner

2nd Vice President: Craig Nichol

Secretary/Treasurer: Eriks Puris

Newsletter Editors: Andy Buddington and Frank Hladky

OEST Coordinators: Jodie Harnden

Past President: Frank Hladky

Website Coordinator: Frank Hladky

Executive Committee Liaison: Karen Viskupic

Alaska Councilor: Sonia Nagorski
Alaska Councilor: LeeAnn Munk

British Columbia Councilor: Todd Redding

Idaho Councilor: Shawn Willsey

Oregon Councilor: Hal Wershow
Oregon Councilor: Steve Carlson

Washington Councilor: Nick Zentner
Washington Councilor: Andy Buddington