List of Resources and Links

See the sections of resource links below for those of you interested in earth sciences. The listing has a Pacific Northwest focus, but includes resources located in adjacent states and the Rocky Mountains. Many of these links lead to even richer collections. With the exception of Rock, Gem and Mineral Clubs, most of the links are pointed to citizen scientists, students and research scientists.

  • Nearby Earth-Science Groups
  • Pacific Northwest Geology Programs
  • Rocky Mountain Geological Societies
  • Universities and Colleges with Geologic Programs in WA State
  • Other Institutions with Geology Resources
  • Geology Oriented Blogs and Podcasts – Our Favorites


Geological Society of Oregon Country (GSOC; Portland, OR). Largest earth-science group in Orgeon, monthly programs and yearly field trips, sometimes into Washington.

Ice Age Floods Institute (IAFI, Puget Lobe Chapter, Edmonds, WA). State-wide volunteer organization focused on the ice-age floods in Washington (11 chapters in WA, ID MT, OR) .

Northwest Geological Survey (NWGS;Seattle, WA). Long-established earth-science group in Washington, monthly programs and yearly field trips.

Northwest Paleontological Society (NWPS; place, Snohomish, WA).Formed to bring a vocational and professional paleontologists together for mutual benefit and to further the science, the NPA is affiliated with The Burke Museum.

Sound Water Stewards of Island County (SWS; Freeland, WA). Formerly Beach Watchers, wide variety of natural and physical science activities, education oriented.

Washington Rock, Gem and Mineral and Gem Clubs


British Columbia Geological Survey (Vancouver, British Columbia). Provincial agency tasked with earth science investigations, inventories.

Cascade Volcano Observatory (USGS, Vancouver, Washington): One of several US Volcano Observatories, deals with Cascade volcanoes (WA, OR, northern CA).

Geoscience BC (Vancouver, British Columbia). Large non-profit Earth Science research organization.

Idaho Geological Survey (Boise and Moscow, Idaho). State agency tasked with Earth Science investigations, inventories.

Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Information (DOGAMI; Portland, Oregon). State agency tasked with Earth Science investigations, inventories.

Washington Geological Survey (WGS, Olympia, Washington). State agency tasked with Earth Science investigations, inventories.

Washington Geological Survey Library (WGSL, Olympia, Washington). The library has more than 80,000 items in its collection, but less than a quarter of the collection is available online.


Volunteer non-profit groups that conduct lectures, field trips, and outreach programs; some offer scholarships.

Arizona Geological Society (AGS, Tucson, Arizona)

Colorado Scientific Society (CSS, Golden, Colorado

Four Corners Geological Society (FCGS; Durango, Colorado)

Montana Geological Society (MGS, Billings, Montana)

Geological Society of Nevada (GSN, Reno, Nevada)

New Mexico Geological Society (NMGS, Socorro, New Mexico)

Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists (RMAG, Denver, CO)

Tobacco Root Geological Society (TRGS, Butte, Montan)

Utah Geological Association (UGA, Salt Lake, Utah)

West Texas Geological Society (WTGS, Midland, Texas)

Wyoming Geological Society (WGA, Casper, Wyoming)

Western Interior Paleontological Society (WIPS, Denver, Colorado)


Central Washington University (Ellensburg, Washington): Geology Department; BSc, MSc. Central Washington location, Nick Zentner is a popular geology teacher there (see blogs).

Eastern Washington University (Cheney, Washington): Geoscience and Environmental Science, BSc degrees.

The Evergreen State College (Olympia, Washington): Geology Department; Envir. Sci. Program (MES). Self-directed educational system.

University of Washington (Seattle, Washington): The Department of Earth and Space Sciences; BSc, MSc, PhD degrees. Washington’s largest degree-granting institution, robust research programs.

Washington State University (Pullman, Washington): School of the Environment; BSc, MSc. Eastern Washington’s institution, Western Rocky Mountains.

Western Washington University (Bellingham, Washington): Geology Department; BSc, MSc. Washington’s second largest degree-granting institution.

Whitman College (Walla Walla, Washington)—Geology Department; BSc, MSc. Liberal arts college.


Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture (Univ. of Washington Campus, Seattle, Washington). Designated as Washington’s State Museum  see previous note about natural history.

Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park (Vantage, Washington). Petrified wood fossils, Stone House.

Stonerose Interpretive Center & Eocene Fossil Site (Republic, Washington). The Interpretive Center & Fossil Site is a non-profit public museum and fossil dig.

The EarthLab (Univ. of Washington, Seattle). EarthLab is a “Visionary institute at the UW that pushes boundaries to address our most pressing environmental challenges.


Bruce Bjornstad, Geologist/Author (Richland, Washington) Author of the popular ‘On the Trail of the Ice Age Floods’ guidebook.

Dan McShane, Geologist (Bellingham, Washington). Author of ‘Reading the Washington Landscape’ blog.

Dave Tucker, Geologist (Western Washington University; Bellingham, Washington). Recent book on Northwest Geology Field Trips; also associated with Mt. Baker Volcano Research Center.

David Williams, Writer/Naturist (Seattle). Publishes a weekly Seattle Street Smart newsletter, leader of Naturalist walks and frequent speaker about Seattle.

Geobulletin (  News from the Geoblogosphere. Massive list of geology oriented blogs

Marli Miller, Geologist/Photographer (University of Oregon; Eugene, Oregon). Her site offers a compilation of free geology photos for instructors based on 35 years of geological field research.

Nick Zentner, Geologist (Central Washington University, Ellensberg, Washington). Nick lectures (in person and on line) about all things geologic.

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