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Pacific  Northwest  Section
The PNW Section holds a conference the third week of June each year. The conference includes several field trips and a full day of talks/posters.  If you are a K-12 geoscience education teacher, you can apply for the Ron Kahle Award, which covers all meeting registration costs.  See details this page.To purchase past conference guidebooks, please visit the "Store" page.

Ron Kahle Awards
Helping K-12 Attend the PNW NAGT Conferences

Thanks to a generous donation by Mr. Ron Kahle, K-12 science teachers can apply for grants to cover the cost of attending our PNW NAGT Annual Sectional Conference. Each award covers the cost of meeting registration, including the conference day and field trips. To apply, follow this simple five-step email application process:
  • List the conference events costs (conference day, banquet, and any field trips) for which you intend to register.
  • State whether you are a NAGT member (membership is not required, but existing members will be given first preference during consideration.)
  • Indicate where and what your job in K-12 earth science education is.
  • List some of the professional development benefits you hope to gain from attending the conference.
  • Email to Frank Hladky, Section President, at

And that’s not all! -- If a person is not an NAGT member, we will also award him or her with a one-year NAGT membership and all membership priviledges. 

The deadline to apply for a Ron Kahle Award is May 15th.
Upcoming Meetings:

2020: Blue Mountain Community College, Pendleton, Oregon.
2019: June 25-27, Okanagan College, Penticton, British Columbia. 

​Past Meetings:

2018- Mount Hood Community College, Gresham, Oregon.
2017- Crater's of the Moon Natl Monument, ID, hosted by the NPS
2016- Hell's Canyon, ID, hosted by Spokane CC​
2015- Victoria, BC, hosted by Camosun College & University of Vancouver
2014- Wenatchee, WA, hosted by Wenatchee Valley CC 
2013- Coos Bay, OR, hosted by Southwestern Oregon CC
   Downloadable Meeting Abstracts, Volume 15
2012- Spokane, WA, hosted by Spokane CC
   Downloadable Meeting Abstracts, Volume 14
2011- Malheur Field Station, hosted by Portland State University
2010- Twin Falls, ID, hosted by the College of Southern Idaho
2009- Vancouver, BC, hosted by the University of BC, Vancouver
2008- Yakima, WA, hosted by Yakima Valley CC & Columbia Basin College
2007- Portland, OR, hosted by Portland State Unversity
2006- Bellingham, WA, hosted by Western Washington University
2005- Coos Bay, OR, hosted by Southwestern Oregon CC
2004- Wenatchee, WA, hosted by Wenatchee Valley CC
2003- Juneau, AK, hosted by University of Alaska Southeast
2002- Corvallis, OR, in conjunction w/the Cordilleran Section meeting (GSA)
2001- Bellevue, WA, hosted by Bellevue College
2000- Portland, OR, hosted by Portland State University
1999- Spokane, WA, hosted by Spokane CC
Receiving the Ron Kahle Award, 2008. 

 Joe Hull, WA State PNW NAGT counselor on left, Ron Kahle, middle, 
Tom Berquist of the BECU, far right..
Join us  for our next PNW Section Meeting!
Photo on left-  David Nelles, Bill Orr, and Pat Pringle share a light moment on the outcrop, June, 2015, Vancouver Island, BC.