This package includes a 3-night stay in a private room in the shared Garden House only steps away from the PLAYA garden and the main Commons lodge, registration for Geology of Oregon’s High Desert, and 3 group dinners as listed in the workshop description below.
Currant Room is a large, north-facing private room in the Garden House closest to the PLAYA garden and main Commons lodge. The room includes a queen bed, dresser, closet and nightstand. You will share the large kitchen, dining area, living room and bathroom with the other single room renter as well as anyone who camps in the garden. The Currant Room is secure so renters can lock their belongings inside. Please note that the refrigerator is a shared appliance. Labeling your food is encouraged. This low-cost option creates more affordability for folks on a budget. The house comes furnished with washer and dryer, all kitchenware and utensils, bedding, towels and furnished dining and lounge area.
Choose “single” for one workshop registration, including meals, and single room occupancy.
Choose “double” for two workshop registrations, including meals, and double occupancy for same bedroom.
Geology of Oregon’s High Desert
Instructor: Daniele McKay
Dates: Oct. 10-13
Arrival: Thurs. Oct. 10
Departure: Sun. Oct. 13
Skill Level: All are welcome
Mobility Level: Easy to moderate (adaptable to your comfort level). The group will drive to various geological locations that will include walking on dirt, gravel and uneven terrain. There will be optional opportunities for participants to explore more moderate walks close by.
Materials: Daniele will provide digital hand-outs with the option to request printed copies for an additional $10 payable to the instructor.
In this 3-night experience, discover and explore the extraordinary geology of the Summer Lake and Christmas Valley regions with geologist Daniele McKay. Enjoy group dinners provided by PLAYA, evening presentations on the geology of Oregon’s high desert, and field trips on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for hands-on exploration of the geologic forces that have shaped this spectacular region. Areas visited will include Summer Lake, Ana River, Hole-in-the-Ground, Fort Rock, Crack-in-the-Ground, and the Lake Abert area. Field trip stops will highlight the region’s remarkable geology and cultural history, exploring active faulting and volcanism, records of past climate change, and archaeological sites.
This workshop starts on Thursday evening with a group dinner provided by PLAYA and an after-dinner presentation on regional geology. PLAYA will also provide group dinners on Friday and Saturday evenings. All other meals are on your own.
Dr. Daniele McKay is an instructor in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Oregon. She lives in Bend, Oregon and teaches online geology courses throughout the academic year, and field courses in central Oregon during the summer. Her research background is in physical volcanology with a focus on recent mafic eruptions in the central Oregon Cascades. She is also interested in how societies prepare for and respond to natural disasters, especially volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. She has worked with Deschutes County, the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience, and the Red Cross on natural hazard preparedness and mitigation in central Oregon.
Day 1: Thursday, Oct. 10: Arrival | 6:00 pm Meet & Greet Happy Hour (BYOB) and Group dinner provided by PLAYA | Evening presentation
Day 2: Friday, Oct. 11: All day group field trip, bring a sack lunch | Group dinner provided by PLAYA | Evening presentation
Day 3: Saturday, Oct. 12: All day group field trip, bring a sack lunch | Dinner provided by PLAYA
Day 4: Sunday, Oct. 13: Optional morning group field trip, or time or your own at the PLAYA campus | Depart by noon
Recommended equipment to bring:
- insect repellent
- water bottle(s)
- hiking poles (if you use them)
- hiking shoes
- clothes for layering (it can be hot in the day, cold at night)