Association of Pacific Coast Geographers
2019 Annual Meeting
16 – 19 October 2019
APCG 2019 MEETING AGENDA
Oct 16 (Wed)
Informal Welcome Reception at the NAU du Bois Center (free)
Oct 17 (Thu)
Field Trips – see below
Formal Welcome Reception and Presentation at Lowell Observatory (includes observatory entrance fee)*
Oct 18 (Fri)
Sessions and lunches at the NAU du Bois Center
BBQ at the the Museum of Northern Arizona (includes museum entrance fee)*
Oct 19 (Sat)
Sessions and lunches at the NAU du Bois Center
Awards Dinner at the NAU Ashurst Auditorium* (on north campus, near NAU Art Museum on map below)
(* shuttle service will be provided)
Flagstaff is situated at about 7000′ near the southwestern edge of the Colorado Plateau, within the world’s largest contiguous expanse of ponderosa pine forest. Nearby points of interest include historic downtown Flagstaff, Lowell Observatory, Museum of Northern Arizona, San Francisco Volcanic Field, Grand Canyon National Park, several National Monuments, and much more. With luck the aspen trees on the mountain may be in full colors at the time of the conference.
Abstract Due 14 September 2019
To register, please go to apcg.wildapricot.org and login. Except for the “Day Pass”, conference registration requires APCG membership.
Students – be sure to check Scholarship and Grant opportunities here.
Trip 1: Drinking in the Flagstaff Landscape
Learn about the history and growth of the craft and small production alcohol facilities in Flagstaff including brewing and distilling. Includes tasting and tours at Mother Road Brewing Tap Room and Drinking Horn Meadery. Closed-toed shoes required; must be 21 years of age. 12:30-3:30pm – $20 – [Dawn Hawley]
Trip 2: Picture Canyon & Buffalo Park Trails
Come explore two unique sites in the Flagstaff area. On this half-day outing we will take in sweeping views of the San Francisco Peaks on a 2-mile loop through Buffalo Park on McMillan Mesa—an ancient lava flow and popular open space—before heading to Picture Canyon. Picture Canyon is an important natural and cultural site, boasting Northern Sinagua petroglyphs as well as an important riparian habitat. All trails are well-maintained but closed-toed shoes are highly recommended; check the Flagstaff forecast and dress for variable weather. Lunch is not provided so please bring water and a snack. 9am-appox. 1pm – $10 – [Frank Vernon]
Trip 3: San Francisco Peaks Life Zones with Skyride
On this half day field trip, we will travel a 4500′ elevational gradient from the ponderosa pine forests surrounding Flagstaff to alpine tundra at the top of the San Francisco Peaks. Don’t miss out on this chance to experience some local fall color and dramatic views of Northern Arizona. Box lunch and scenic Snowbowl Skyride chairlift ride included. Appropriate clothing for potentially cool conditions above 11,000′ required. 9am – approx. 2pm – $35 – [Erik Schiefer and Amanda Stan]
Trip 4: Grand Canyon National Park
Lunch included – $45 [John Gartin]
Trip 5: Self-guided Downtown Walking Tour – $1
(Except the self-guided downtown walking tour, all field trips are on Thursday, Oct 17th and have a max of 20 participants.)
Other hotels are also relatively close by (#1 to 12 on the map below).
If you stay in a hotel on north campus (#13 to 16 below), you can take a free campus bus to get to the du Bois Center.
Hotel Price Ranges
On campus parking is possible but costly and not recommended.
RESTAURANTS in FLAGSTAFF
Welcome to Flagstaff and NAU
The Department of Geography, Planning, and Recreation at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, is pleased to host the 82nd Annual Meeting of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographer’s, October 16-19, 2019. The San Francisco Peaks, sacred to 13 tribes in the northern Arizona region, tower more than 12,600 feet above the City of Flagstaff providing striking views across NAU’s campus. Located along Historic Route 66, Flagstaff is a foodie town that also offers a lively art and music scene. Some of the many nearby natural and cultural attractions include Grand Canyon National Park an hour to the north, the cliff dwellings at Walnut Canyon National Monument 20 minutes to the east, and the red rocks of Sedona 45 minutes to the south. Other renowned attractions include Glen Canyon Dam, Petrified National Forest, and Meteor Crater National Landmark.
Join us this year to explore “The Interpretation of Landscapes.” Wednesday evening at the opening reception and registration we’ll have a slide show of local landscapes. For Thursday, NAU faculty have organized field trips to five locations to explore the diverse human and physical landscapes of the region. In recognition of Flagstaff as the world’s first “International Dark Sky City”, the evening social event will be held Thursday at the famous Lowell Observatory*. Here APCG attendees will have access to the observatory exhibits and hear Harun Mehmedinovic of the Sky Glow Project speak about celestial landscapes and light pollution. Kicking off the paper sessions on Friday, a keynote by Scott Warren will focus on the landscape of immigration at the southern border. The annual “BBQ” will be held Friday evening at the Museum of Northern Arizona* and includes access to the museum exhibits. Paper sessions will continue throughout the day Saturday and the conference will end with the Saturday night Awards Banquet and Presidential Address in NAU’s historic Ashurst Hall.
*Shuttle service from campus will be provided to off-campus events.
APCG 2019 annual conference is open to anyone interested in a scholarly forum where collegiality and friendship abound. We encourage your participation and remind everyone that the APCG conference is a friendly venue for presentations by undergraduate and graduate students. Aside from the formal events, other opportunities to network and socialize include the Women’s Network Luncheon, the Poster Session, Graduate Student Gathering, and the Geography Bowl. Visitors will find a wide variety of hotels and restaurants within walking distance of campus. Bus services on campus are free and reach across the entire Flagstaff community. We look forward to seeing you in beautiful northern Arizona!
(on behalf of the NAU APCG Organizing Committee)