Chautauqua Short Courses
Pacific Northwest Field Center
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington


Welcome to the Pacific Northwest (UWA) Field Center of the Chautauqua Program

We are offering 7 courses through the UWA Center during the summer of 2009.  The venue for some of the courses will be the University of Washington campus in Seattle; however, several courses will be held at other sites in Washington, northern California, Montana, Alberta and North Carolina.  The popular course in the Galápagos Islands will not be held in January 2010, but in May 2010.  Courses are listed below in chronological order.  Further course details, including course abstract, course outline and specific logistical information, can be found for each by clicking on the course title.

Information on this website is updated frequently

Further general information, including travel and lodging options for the Seattle region, can be found at

Participant Information


Although there is no current external funding for the Chautauqua professional development program, the major regional centers are committed to continuing to offer relevant courses in 2009 and beyond.  Additional fees are applicable for most courses this year in order to provide stipends and expenses to course directors.  The planned UWA course schedules for Summer 2009 are posted below.  The printed brochure used in previous years has been discontinued in favor of web-based advertising of all courses.  Please note that the University of Massachusetts no longer has a national management role with Chautauqua.


There are three types of fees, all of which are payable by check to “Chautauqua Program” and sent to Dr. Tony Irving at the address below.  All courses have a $50.00 application fee, most courses have a course fee this year, and some field-based courses also have a logistical fee to cover group lodging, some meals and van transportation.  As in the past, travel and lodging to attend Chautauqua courses are the responsibility of each participant.


Course Registration

To register for a course, simply send an email message to with the subject line “Application for course UWA-(number)” giving your contact information, teaching experience, any previous Chautauqua experience and reasons for interest in the course.  You will receive a reply requesting a fee payment of $300.00; any logistical fees will be requested later.





Geology, Climate and Ecology of Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada 

ALLEN FRANZ, Marymount College-Palos Verdes

June 4 - 7, 2009 in eastern California

Course UWA-1          CANCELLED


Kennewick Man and Archeology in the Public Imagination

PETER LAPE, University of Washington

June 22 - 24, 2009 in Seattle, WA

Course UWA-2          CANCELLED


Effects of the Sun, Atmosphere and Oceans in Climate Change and Global Warming 

E. J. ZITA and GERARDO CHIN-LEO, Evergreen State College

July 7 - 9, 2009 in Olympia, WA

Course UWA-3         CANCELLED


Biodiversity and Geology of Great Smoky Mountains National Park 

PAUL BARTELS, Warren Wilson College and TONY IRVING, University of Washington

June 26 - June 29, 2009 in Asheville, NC and Great Smoky Mountains National Park, NC/TN

Course UWA-4         CANCELLED


Canadian Dinosaurs and the Bird Connection

ELIZABETH NESBITT and TONY IRVING, University of Washington

July 17 - 20, 2009 in Dinosaur Provincial Park and Drumheller, Alberta

Course UWA-5          CANCELLED


Geology and Tectonics of the Northern Rocky Mountains

TONY IRVING, University of Washington

July 21 - 24, 2009 in Alberta, British Columbia and Montana         

Course UWA-6          CLOSED 9 ENROLLED


A Complete First Course in Textbook Writing

MICHAEL SPIEGLER, Providence College

January 4-6, 2010 in Phoenix, AZ

Course UWA-7          CANCELLED




Geology and Biodiversity of the Galápagos Islands

TERRY NAUMANN, University of Alaska Anchorage

Dates to be announced - 8 days on and around the Galápagos Islands

Course UWA-9          POSTPONED


The YDB Event and Extinction of Mammalian Megafauna

TED BUNCH, Northern Arizona University and others

June, 2010 (dates to be announced) in Flagstaff, AZ or Bozeman, MT

Course UWA-10          OPEN



Participant Information

Use this link to plan your trip to Seattle and elsewhere in Washington for courses offered there


All questions can be sent to


Regional Director
Dr. Tony Irving
Dept. of Earth & Space Sciences
University of Washington
Box 351310
Seattle, WA 98195-1310

Phone: 206-526-2661
Fax: 206-543-0489

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