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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 Ron Metzger, 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 next sectional conference will be held in Wenatchee, WA, the third week in June. The deadline to apply for a Ron Kahle Award is May 30th, 2015.
Upcoming Meetings:

2015- Victoria, BC, hosted by Camosun College
2016- Hell's Canyon, ID (Field Conference)- held in Hell's Canyon, hosted by Spokane CC
2017-  Craters of the Moon National Monument, Arco, ID,  hosted by the Natl Park Service
2018- Alaska, location tba

​Past Meetings:

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...we know how to have a good time on a field trip! 
Photo on left-  Ron Metzger, Cassie Strickland &  Deron Carter enjoying a Willamette Valley terroir field trip, led by Scott Burns during the 2007 Annual Conference.