Volcanology of the Newberry Caldera CANCELLED

Photos by Chas Rogers and Kathleen Pyle

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Instructor: Chas Rogers, M.S.
Dates: Friday-Sunday, July 24-26, 2020
Location: Meet at the Lava Lands Visitor Center off Hwy. 97, just north of LaPine, Oregon
Tuition including camping: $220
Commuter tuition: $210

Naturalist Certificate Credits: 16 hrs.



Cancelled due to Covid-19. Please stay tuned for future programming.

The Newberry Volcano just east of the Cas­cades began erupting over 600,000 years ago. It is one of the largest volcanoes in Oregon, with lava tubes, cinder cones, obsidian flows, and two crater lakes filling its caldera, Paulina Lake and East Lake. Newberry Volcano has not erupted in well over 1,000 years but this massive shield volcano is still considered active.

In our 2 ½ day study of volcanology, we will explore the geology and landscapes of the vast Newberry Volcanic National Monument in hikes and in car trips. We will visit the longest lava tube in Oregon, the Lava Cast Forest, massive obsidian flows, hot springs, and hike the Paulina Creek trail that winds through a forest with magnificent views of a waterfall. We will explore the US Geological Survey’s monitoring of this volcano, travel up Lava Butte, and study the local Native American tribe’s stewardship of the ponderosa pine forests in the area and their relationship to the volcanic landscape, and much more. We’lll camp as a group in the Caldera area; non-campers can reserve lodging in close-by LaPine, Sun River or Bend.