SPRING MEETING.
THE WATERFRONT HOTEL AT

JACK LONDON SQUARE IN OAKLAND,
APRIL 17-19, 2020.

• OUR MEETINGS

The initial constitution of 1946 established annual meetings of CGS, which was known at that time as the California Council of Geography Teachers. The first meeting was held on Saturday, June 21, 1947, in the San Diego Hotel in conjunction with the APCG meeting. Since the inaugural conference, meetings have been held in almost every corner of the state, in urban settings and in rural settings.

The annual spring conference is generally held the last weekend in April or the first weekend in May, and average attendance hovers around 350 geographers and friends.

The conferences feature high quality scholarship from student geographers, professors and professional geographers from the public and private sectors in a supportive environment. 

Fabulous field trips, lead by local geographers and historians are always a highlight, but many conference attendees claim the camaraderie and fellowship makes each year's conference memorable.

2019 - Big Bear Lake
2018 - Cosumnes River College
2017 - Grossmont College
2016 - San Jose State University
2015 - Humboldt State University
2014 - Los Angeles City College
2013 - Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
2012 - University of California, Davis
2011 - Tri County Fairgrounds, Bishop
2010 - California State University, Fullerton
2009 - Santa Ynez Valley, Solvang
2008 - California State University, Chico
2007 - Anza-Borrego State Park
2006 - Shasta College, Redding
2005 - Yosemite National Park
2004 - Long Beach City College
2003 - American River College
2002 - Lone Pine High School
2001 - Delta College, Stockton
2000 - San Diego State University
1999 - CSU Channel Islands
1998 - CSU San Bernardino
1997 - Mendocino College
1996 - Columbia College
1995 - CSU Fresno
1994 - Cal Poly Pomona
1993 - Shasta College
1992 - Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
1991 - Porterville College
1990 - USC
1989 - Cosumnes River College
1988 - Pierce College
1987 - Clarion Hotel, Ontario
1986 - West Hills College, Coalinga
1985 - CSU Chico
1984 - Conestega Hotel, Anaheim
1983 - Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
1982 - Bahia Hotel, San Diego
1981 - Harrah’s, Lake Tahoe
1980 - Shasta College
1979 - CSU Fresno
1978 - Pierce College
1977 - Independence High School, San Jose
1976 - CSU Long Beach
1975 - CSU Chico
1974 - CSU Bakersfield
1973 - Hyatt House, San Jose
1972 - Pasadena Hilton
1971 - Sonoma State College
1970 - Del Webb’s Townhouse, Fresno
1969 - San Diego State
1968 - CSU Hayward
1967 - Los Angeles Community College
1966 - Watsonville High School
1965 - Long Beach State
1964 - University of the Pacific
1963 - San Diego State
1962 - Fresno State College
1961 - San Fernando State College
1960 - San Jose State
1959 - Long Beach Community College
1958 - Santa Rosa Junior College
1957 - Compton College
1956 - Sacramento Junior College
1955 - Santa Monica High School
1954 - Chico State College
1953 - San Diego State
1952 - Fresno State College
1951 - UCLA
1950 - Stanford University
1949 - Ventura Jr. College
1948 - UC Berkeley
1947 - San Diego Hotel

• CURRENT MEETING

Come join fellow geographers in Oakland at the 2020 Annual Meeting of the California Geographical Society! This is the CGSs’ first meeting in the East Bay, and we’re excited to be exploring new areas in our wonderful state. Oakland includes an array of natural landscapes, including 19 miles of shoreline along the San Francisco Bay, redwood forests in the Oakland Hills, and Lake Merritt, which is the only natural saltwater lake in the United States. Oakland is the eighth-most populated city in California, and the second-most racially diverse. Gentrification, a major issue here, is rapidly changing the physical and cultural landscapes. Over 1,000 murals don the city, many of which are creative expressions of issues facing the community.

 Our keynote speaker on Friday, Amana Harris, is the Executive Director of Attitudinal Healing Connection Inc., and the Creative Originator of the Oakland Super Heroes Project. She addresses issues of social justice, self-development, and empowerment through art, creativity, and education. Dave Kaplan, president of the Association of American Geographers, will be giving our plenary speech on Saturday. Stay tuned for more information about these talks!

 You are encouraged to share your research in the form of a paper (oral presentations), poster, or map. We are a supportive and encouraging community, and this is an excellent venue for undergraduate and graduate students to present their research. Please see the Meeting Participation section for information about our Student Awards. If you are presenting, you must register by March 16th.

Download the 2020 Conference Flyer (PDF)

• MEETING COSTS & ACTIVITIES

Registration includes membership, access to the conference, the Friday night buffet, and the Awards Banquet on Saturday.

MEMBERSHIP

Students

Included in registration fee

Non-Students

Included in registration fee

REGISTRATION

Student Presenter

$85

Non-Presenting Student

$100

Non-Students/Faculty

$150

FOOD/LUNCH

Friday Night Buffet

Free with registration

Saturday Lunch

Eat in town or bring a sack lunch

SATURDAY BANQUET DINNER

All Attendees

Free with registration

• MEETING ITINERARY

FRIDAY, APRIL 17

Registration

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The Waterfront Hotel

Field Trips

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Friday Night Buffet

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Waterfront Hotel

SATURDAY, APRIL 18

Professional Presentations

8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Please see  the Meeting Program

Awards Banquet

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Scott's Seafood at Jack London Square

SUNDAY, APRIL 19

Field Trips

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• MEETING PARTICIPATION

If you’re interested in presenting a paper, poster, or map at the conference, you must register by March 16th, 2020. This is also the deadline to submit an application for Student Travel Awards and the student paper, poster, and cartography competitions.

When you register, you should already have a title and completed abstract for your paper, poster, or map. During the online registration process, you will be asked to copy and paste your title and abstract into a web-form. That title and abstract will appear in the conference program, which will be published a week or two before the conference.

If you plan to enter a student competition, please follow closely the guidelines established by the various calls for papers. You may compete for prize money and recognition for papers (oral presentations of research) posters, and cartography.

MEETING REGISTRATION

Registration coming soon.
(Participants much register by March 16th, 2020)

If you are a student who would like to apply for a scholarship
or participate in the student competition,
please review the call for papers.

• FIELD TRIP INFORMATION

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SUNDAY, MARCH 19

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• TRAVEL INFORMATION

CONFERENCE HOTEL

  • The Waterfront Hotel at Jack London Square, 10 Washington Street, Oakland, CA 94607.
  • Visit https://www.jdvhotels.com/hotels/california/oakland/waterfront-hotel for more information.
  • CGS room rate is $199. *rate does not include taxes and a $1.50 per room per night Oakland Tourism Assessment fee. $15 Amenity Fee will be waived. Premium wi-fi, 24-hour fitness center, outdoor pool, 5 pm wine and cheese reception, & coffee / bottled water is all included.
  • Parking onsite is valet, $32 per day.

OTHER LODGING OPTIONS

  • Hostels: There are several hostels within commuting distance. https://www.yelp.com/search?find_desc=hostels&find_loc=Oakland%2C%20CA
  • Home stays: Rent a room, apartment, or house in the East Bay. https://www.airbnb.com/, https://www.vrbo.com/, https://www.homestay.com/.
  • Hotels: There are several other hotels nearby, if you prefer not to stay at the conference hotel. https://www.yelp.com/search?find_desc=hotels&find_loc=Oakland%2C+CA&ns=1

TRANSPORTATION

  • Regional airport:  Oakland International Airport (OAK) is 9 miles from the conference center, San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is 22 miles away, and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) is 41 miles from our conference site.
  • Public Transportation: The site is easily accessible by Amtrak, BART, the San Francisco Bay Ferry, the Free Broadway Shuttle, and the San Francisco Bay Trail. For more information, see: https://jacklondonsquare.com/transportation/
  • Driving: If you are driving, there are a few local parking centers that you can utilize, including the valet services at the Waterfront Hotel ($32 per day) or one of a few nearby parking garages. See https://jacklondonsquare.com/parking-valet/ for more details.

WEATHER & GEOGRAPHY

  • Oakland (37°48’15” N, 122°16’15” W) is located on the San Francisco Bay, just east of San Francisco.
  • It’s topography ranges from sea level to 1,760’ at Grizzly Peak (a great place to catch the sunset!).
  • Temperatures in mid-April are typically between 50 - 60°F.
  • Clouds can be expected. Check the forecast for rain before you pack.
  • Please note that some events will be held in partially outdoors environments.

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