Explore multi-disciplinary past, present, and future scientific inquiry into the
Great Rift Volcanic Zone and Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve

Symposium Proceedings

Deadline for papers is Jan. 15, 2006

The final product of this Symposium will be a bound proceedings published by the Idaho Geological Survey. All who presented papers in the technical sessions of the symposium are invited to submit manuscripts for publication. The proceedings will serve as an information base to guide resource management and interpretation for students, educators, and the regional community.

Instructions for submitting papers

Detailed schedule

Thurs/Fri, October 6-7

Sat/Sun, October 8-9

Instructions for Presenters
Evening Events
  • Wednesday, October 5
    Registration & Icebreaker Reception
    Stephens Performing Arts Center
    5:00 - 8:00 pm.
  • Thursday, October 6
    ISTA Awards Ceremony
    Wood River Rm - Student Union
    6:00 - 7:45 pm

    Idaho Museum of Natural History open house and special exhibit "The Flows: Photography and Poetry of the Great Rift"
    6:00 - 9:00 pm

    Steven Shropshire Physics Show
    Goranson Hall - Fine Arts Bldg.
    8:00 - 9:00 pm
  • Friday, October 7
    Stephen Trimble lecture and slides "The Sagebrush Ocean: A Naturalist's Vision of the Great Basin"
    Stephens Performing Arts Center
    7:30 - 9:30 pm
Symposium Overview
Keynote Speakers
  • Stephen Trimble writer/photographer
  • Stephen Self volcanologist
  • Melvin Aikens archaeologist
Idaho Science Teachers Association annual conference will be held jointly with the Great Rift Science Symposium.

Professional development credit: ISU, through the Sawtooth Science Institute, is offering one credit for full attendance Thursday and Friday and one credit for attending field trips on Saturday and Sunday. The recording fee is $50 per credit. Registration for credit will take place at the Symposium registration desk on October 6th. There will be a short assignment due two weeks after the Symposium to fulfill credit requirements. For more information, call (208) 788-9686 or e-mail gertchri@isu.edu

Field Trips

Multiple field tours are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. Destinations include:

  • Craters of the Moon headquarters area
  • Pillar Butte/Wapi Flow
  • Government Cave
  • South Great Rift Volcanic Zone

Field trip descriptions

Exhibits and Posters

Exhibits and posters will be displayed in the ballroom of the Pond Student Union on Thursday from 9 am to 5 pm and on Friday from 8 am to 6 pm . Exhibitors may set up on Wednesday from 1 to 5 pm or Thursday from 7 to 10 am. For more information contact John Schultz, ISTA Exhibit Chair, at jonjans@juno.com or Emily Dekker-Fiala at efiala@georgewright.org

Registration Fees

$100 pre-registered professional
(on-site registration will cost $115)

$60 pre-registered K-12 teachers
(on-site registration will cost $75)

$60 full-time students
(student verification required)

$60 single-day, professional

$35 single-day, full-time students (student verification required)

Financial Assistance Available for Teachers

To help defray the costs of attending the symposium, registration stipends of $40 have been applied to the fee for teachers. These stipends have been made available through the ISTA scholarship fund, BLM’s Hands on the Land program, and NASA micro-grants from Idaho State University.

Parking and Shuttle Bus

Limited public parking is available near the Pond Student Union. Symposium attendees are encouraged to park at the Holt Arena lot. Campus public safety will not ticket Symposium participants parking at Holt Arena on Thursday and Friday. Free campus bus service is available from Holt Arena on the J Route. Busses run every 3-5 minutes beginning at 7:30 am and ending at 5:45 pm. Field trip participants on Saturday and Sunday can park in the Student Union lot.


Room blocks have been reserved for symposium attendees at three Pocatello motels:

  • Best Western CottonTree Inn
  • Holiday Inn - Pocatello
  • AmeriTel Inn

All are located at I-15 Exit 71. To obtain the group room rate you must specify that you are with the "Great Rift Science Symposium."

For more information contact: Emily Dekker-Fiala, Conference Planner, George Wright Society, efiala@georgewright.org (906) 487-9722
Rick Vander Voet, Manager, Craters of the Moon National Monument, BLM, richard_vandervoet@blm.gov (208) 732-7288
Symposium Sponsors: