Oregon State University

College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

GEO 534 - Field Geography of Oregon

GEO 534

Dr. Aaron Wolf
September 13-19, 2015
Pre-Trip Meeting September 11 at noon in Wilkinson 203

GEO 534 is designed to introduce the students to the widest possible range of topics on all aspects of Oregon geography within a limited time, then turn that experience into a viable research proposal. While physical processes are the primary topic, resource and environmental effects are also stressed. Travel is by university vans and costs are shared among the participants (normally around $100 per person for food and incidentals, in addition to the $150 class fee for vans, gas, and camping fees). Grading is based on positive participation, a field notebook, and a subsequent research work plan.

What to Expect

Participants in the course are reminded to pack lightly. Although we will operate in a wide variety of natural environments, each person should pack as lightly as possible. We travel by van and foot, and tent camp each night. Temperatures can range from 20-100 degrees F, so pack to dress in layers and be prepared for cold and wet, as well as warm. Some roads wind and are dusty – contact-wearers and those prone to motion sickness should prepare accordingly.

Use a pack, duffel, or laundry bag – no suitcases please. If you have a large tent, and are willing, please bring it along. The department will furnish ice chests, stoves, lanterns and water cans for group use. It is wise to pack staple foodstuffs at home and carry them along - we will make occasional stops at grocery stores to add some fresh food to our diet, where circumstances permit.


The text is: Jackson, P. & A. Kimerling (eds). 2003. Atlas of the Pacific Northwest. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University Press, 9th edition. Available from the OSU bookstore.


We will meet four times during the fall quarter to develop and present a research proposal based on a topic related to the course. Meetings are Fridays at 1pm, so do not schedule a conflict.

Supplies List

A basic check list should include the following:

In addition, each "food group" of five (to be organized at the pre-trip meeting), should have:

The Outdoor Equipment Rental office in the Dixon Recreation Center offers camping equipment for rent, as well as advice from experienced staff members: email ALI Desk or call 541-737-4254.

Pre-Trip Planning

Please attend our pre-field trip meeting on Friday, September 11, at 12:00 noon in Wilkinson 203. We will leave for the week-long trip from the front of Wilkinson Hall at 8 a.m. on Sunday, September 13. We will return to Corvallis on Saturday afternoon, September 19.

Be sure to register for the class and buy the text prior to leaving for the field trip. Also, if you can help drive, the university vans and are willing to take a brief (2-hour) video course, please let Melinda know as soon as possible before the course. The video and exam can be done online at University Motor Pool, Van Safety Training.


If you have any questions, contact Melinda (541-737-1238) or Lori (541-737-5188).