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The Ice Age Floods Institute

A non-profit organization dedicated to promoting public awareness and understanding of the Ice Age Floods.

This site is not supported by any organization. Click to visit the offical Ice Age Floods Institute site.

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Click a specific location to open IAFI page with chapter description and contact information.

Ice Age Floods Institute members explore the Channeled Scablands.
IAFI members on the Trail of the Ice Age Floods

About the Ice Age Floods Institute


The Ice Age Floods Institute brings the facinating natural history of the floods and their environmental impacts to an ever-expanding audience. Since its founding in 1995 the IAFI's mission has been that of promoting widespread awareness and understanding of the Ice Age Floods and their impact upon the current environment in the Pacific Northwest.

IAFI does this in several ways.

  • Ten local chapters in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana spearhead its educational and public service initiatives through local meetings, lectures, field trips and other special programs.

  • The institute supports the establishment of an Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail, which will be a four-state system of marked highway routes featuring significant landforms created by the floods.

  • IAFI also assists Ice Age Floods tourism initiatives in cooperation with diverse organizations ranging from local chambers of commerce to travel specialists, tour operators and even winery owners.




Glacial Lake Missoula Chapter field trip.
Geologist Jim Sheldon leads an evening IAFI field
trip in the hills NE of Missoula, Montana.
The IAFI is a non-profit charitable organization which funds its operations through membership dues and charitable contributions.

For more information about the IAFI contact:

Ice Age Floods Institute
8220 West Gage Blvd. #186
Kennewick, WA 99336


View reports from recent field trips w/photos:

Potholes Coulee (Ellensburg Chapter)

Palouse River Canyon (Cheney-Spokane Chapter)

2011 Palouse River Canyon clean up. 2011 Palouse River Canyon clean up.
Ice Age Floods Institute Field Trip (above)

Palouse River Canyon Litter Clean Up (left)
Sacks of trash on their way out of canyon - December 2011.

Nick Zentner describes Glacial Lake Missoula Floods to Ice Age Floods Institute field trip particiapants.

Echo Basin - Grant County, WA.

Nick Zentner describes Glacial Lake Missoula Floods to Ice Age Floods Institute field trip particiapants.


Ice Age Floods Story Slow to Reach the Public Prior to IAFI

Lake Missoula and the Ice Age Floods timeline. Glacial Lake Missoula Strandlines in the Mission Valley National Park Service Study of Alternatives Ice Age Floods Washington State Parks - Ice Age Floods Plan
Blue links on timeline are clickable to open image and documents referenced


Click above to play CWU video of "Central Rocks" episode featuring Gene Kiver

"Origins of the Ice Age Floods Institute" Eastern Washington University emeritus geology professor Gene Kiver visits Ellensburg to discuss the Ice Age Floods Institute. Gene chats about the past, present, and future of the Institute, discusses two new book projects on the geology of Washington, and reflects on his career at EWU Geology. Taped on June 3, 2009.



Click above to play CWU video of "Central Rocks" episode featuring Nick Zentner

Central Washington University geologist Nick Zentner discusses the beginnings of the Ellensburg Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute, the origin of the CWU geology talk show 'Central Rocks', and his outreach to alumni on the CWU Geology website. Taped in CWU's Hebeler Hall Auditorium on August 6, 2008.



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Ice Age Floods Institute Field Trip, Click to enlarge.
Ice Age Floods Institute field trip - Potholes Coulee
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