Continuing and Professional Education

Geology of Central Oregon workshop suspended due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Geology of Central Oregon workshops exploring Central Oregon Volcanoes: Living on Volcanoes canceled. Read more...

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Geology of Central Oregon

Central Oregon Volcanoes

Central Oregon Volcanoes: Living on Volcanoes

Friday, March 13, 5:30–8:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 14, 8:45 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Geology of Central Oregon suspended due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic

The Geology of Central Oregon workshops are currently on hiatus from their regular in-person programming.

A target date for resuming regular operations is undetermined at this time. The situation will be monitored by Continuing and Professional Education leadership, in alignment with UO decisions and protocols and guidance from Governor Brown. Updates for UO will be communicated through email and this page.

Per social distancing protocols, all Continuing and Professional Education staff are now working remotely. As such, the Continuing and Professional Education office is no longer holding public hours. All phone lines will be managed by remote staff. Staff are also monitoring the email inbox, and that is the preferred method of communication. Please note that there may be a delay in response times to phone calls and email, from a few minutes to up to one full business day.

For more information on the University of Oregon's response to state and national restrictions and guidelines, visit COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information.

We appreciate your understanding during this time. Be safe and stay healthy! We can’t wait to see you again—in person!


UO Continuing and Professional Education Staff


About These Workshops

Although you may not spend a lot of time thinking about volcanoes, these geologic features impact our daily lives in many ways—especially in Oregon and the rest of the Pacific Northwest. In these workshops, we will examine how and why volcanoes erupt, where they exist on the planet, and how we monitor them for signs of activity. We will look at the impacts of volcanic activity on people, infrastructure, and natural resources, and we will explore some of the most recent volcanic eruptions that have occurred in Oregon.

Lectures will cover the same material as a typical undergraduate class on volcanoes offered through the University of Oregon.

Objectives of these workshops are to:

  • Become familiar with Earth’s internal structure and the processes that drive plate tectonics.
  • Understand how magma is generated and how this influences the location of volcanoes worldwide.
  • Become familiar with volcanic landforms, eruption styles, and the hazards posed by different types of volcanic eruptions.
  • Learn about techniques used to monitor volcanoes for signs of activity.
  • Gain an appreciation for the impact of volcanic activity on human history.
  • Understand the risks and benefits of living in close proximity to potentially active volcanoes.
  • Experience the volcanic history of central Oregon first hand through field trips and hands-on examination of recent volcanic deposits.

These workshops are designed for a broad range of backgrounds. People with little or no background in geology will gain an introduction to the geological sciences and the study of volcanoes. People with a strong background in geology will expand their understanding of volcanology and volcanic hazards and monitoring.

Registration is required for each workshop and payment is due upon registration. CEU verification available.