Shasta College in Redding, California 

Friday, April 26 - Sunday, April 28, 2024


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.


Sundial Bridge on the Sacramento River in Redding. Location of the Social Hour and Geography Trivia Competition on Friday evening. 


Please use the link below to register for this year's conference! 





Student - $100
Student Presenter - $85
Faculty/Professional - $145

Current CGS Lifetime Member - $115


Student Day Pass - $40
Faculty/Professional Day Pass - $60

*Day pass only includes entry to the conference
from 8am - 5pm on Saturday, April 27th, 2024


Information about the conference including the general schedule, field trip descriptions, and the conference hotel info can be found below. 

More will be posted on this page as we get closer to the date of the event. 


Friday, April 26

8:00am - 4:00pm - Redding and Surrounding Area
Day Pass and Full Registration Welcome

Shasta Area Field Trips: Experience the regional flavor of Shasta, Trinity, Siskiyou Counties of Northern California first-hand! Sign up for a CGS field trip lead by local volunteers and faculty. *A few select field trips will also be available Sunday morning! Scroll down this page to see field trip descriptions and prices. 

  • Friday: Geology and Hydrology of the Mount Shasta Area (All Day)
  • Friday: Tour the Shasta Bike Depot & Ride Redding Bikeshare (Afternoon)
  • Friday: Land Conservation Tour of Ross Ranch (Afternoon)
  • Sunday: A Local Hike to Chamise Peak (Morning)

4:00pm - 6:00pm - Riverfront Park at Turtle Bay in Redding
Full Conference Registration Required

Registration and Kick-Off Social Hour (4pm-5pm): Network and re-connect with geography students, faculty, and professionals from across the state during this informal networking event.  Appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks will be served.  

Geography Trivia Competition (5pm - 6pm)Test your knowledge in a light-hearted trivia competition with fellow geographers directly after the Kick-off Social Hour!

7:00pm - 8:30pm - TBD - Local Restaurant
Everyone is Welcome

Dinner at a Local Restaurant: We're mixing things up a bit this year! Instead of the usual "BBQ" event, we will be designating a local restaurant as the official spot where CGS members can gather for dinner, but you are welcome to make other plans if you and your colleagues decide you'd like to eat at a different location.  By not including a Friday evening meal in the conference registration, we were able to significantly decrease the total cost of the conference and increase flexibility for the wide variety of budgets and travel schedules of our CGS members.  

Saturday, April 27

9am - 4:30pm - All Events at Shasta College
Day Pass and Full Registration Welcome

Conference Presentations & Keynote AddressKeep up-to-date on research in the discipline via dozens of academic papers, maps, and posters presented by faculty and students alike. This conference is well-known as a highly supportive academic conference for students and faculty alike!

11am - 1:30pm - Shasta College Cafeteria
Day Pass and Full Registration Welcome

Maps, Posters, and Exhibitors (11am - 12:30pm)This year we are dedicating a full hour in our schedule for CGS attendees to view the wide variety of academic maps, posters at the conference and interact with our vendors and exhibitors.  The events scheduled at this location and time are: 

  • Map and Poster Session 
    Keep up-to-date on research in the discipline via dozens of academic papers, maps, and posters presented by faculty and students alike. This conference is well-known as a highly supportive academic conference for students and faculty alike!
  • Geography College & Career Fair
    Looking to transfer to a CSU or UC as a geography major? Hoping to get a graduate degree? Looking for jobs in geography or internships opportunities? Institutions from across the state will be available to chat with you at our College and Career Fair
  • Vendors
    Additional vendors and exhibitors that are not associated with a specific college degree program will also be available at this event 

Lunch (12:30-1:30pm)Shasta College Catering will be providing an optional "Shasta Bowl" buffet lunch ($13) for those who do not want to travel off campus (15-20min) to eat.  When you register for the conference, you will be asked whether you would like to add this meal to your registration.

6:00pm - 8:30pm - Ross Ranch - McConnell Foundation
Full Conference Registration Only

Awards Banquet: Celebrate outstanding student scholarship at the Saturday evening awards banquet at the beautiful Ross Ranch barn! Awards are given for undergraduate and graduate students in all presentation categories including papers, maps, and posters.

Silent Auction: Support CGS student scholarships by bidding on awesome regional swag donated by geographers from across the state! Feel free to donate an item or gift basket representing your unique region of California for the silent auction!




NOTE: We do have a few field trips still in the works. These additional field trips on Friday *may* be included in the registration form at a later date: Redevelopment in Downtown Redding (Morning), Forest Resilience in the Weaverville Basin (Day Trip) and Chico/Paradise Tour & CSU Chico Geography Department Tour (Day Trip). 

All field trips have min/max participants. You can register for field trips using the regular registration form. Seats in the field trips will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. If your field trip ends up over-enrolled or cancelled, the CGS will issue you a refund. Note: If the field trip does not include transportation, it means you will be responsible for meeting the fieldtrip leader at an offsite location. 

Friday Field Trip A: Geology and Hydrology of the Mount Shasta Area

Leader: William Hirt
Cost: $70 per person
Duration: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Departs: 8:30am on Friday from Conference Hotel
Transportation: Included
Lunch: Box Lunch Included
Walking: Some walking (0.5 miles or less) involved at stops

This field trip will review the history of Quaternary volcanism on and around Mount Shasta, examine the mountain's role as the primary source of water for local springs, and consider the threat posed by debris flows triggered as snow and glacial ice on the volcano melt seasonally. Stops will include: Bunny Flat, to introduce the mountain's eruptive history; Mud Creek, to examine recent debris flow deposits; Mount Shasta City Park, to visit Big Spring, discuss local hydrology, and have lunch; the Shasta Valley, to inspect the Shasta Valley debris avalanche and view glaciers on the northern side of Mount Shasta; and Deer Mountain, to study a well-exposed cinder cone and discuss regional High Cascade volcanism. All of the stops are on or near paved roads except the last, which will involve about a one-quarter mile round-trip hike on a level trail. Participants should dress warmly in layers and bring a light jacket or parka in case of a late-season sprinkle or snow flurry. Please bring a hat, sunscreen, water, and wear light hiking boots or sturdy tennis shoes. Binoculars will be helpful for observing features high on the mountain and a hand lens will be useful for seeing textures and minerals in volcanic rocks.

**Note: if a campus group, or group of friends/family want to use their own vehicle to "caravan" behind the official CGS vans, please email Tiffany Seeley at seeleytr@elac.edu to negotiate a lower price for this field trip**

Minimum Capacity: 8 people
Maximum Capacity: 16 people

Friday Field Trip B: Tour the Shasta Bike Depot & Ride Redding Bikeshare

Leader: Clarissa Wentworth, Ride Redding Bikeshare
Cost: $35 per person
Duration: 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Departs: Shasta Bike Depot, 1322 California Street, Redding CA 96001
Transportation: Pedal Assist bike rental included
Physical Activity: Around 7 miles with hills on a pedal-assist bike

On this field trip you will first tour the Shasta Bike Depot and meet Director Anne Thomas to learn about the full-service set of features for clean and active transportation commutes and tourism services. Participants will learn about how the set of services that are designed to give a lot of people the resources, skills and confidence they need to get around safely and conveniently walking and biking, so they discover the ease and joy of active living. The goal is to add high-quality facilities and experiences, so more people are engaged, and the local community becomes healthier, happier, and more prosperous. Next, you will join a guided bike tour for a ride on the new Redding Bikeshare pedal-assist bikes. You will experience the Sacramento River Trail with Shasta Living Streets’ friendly guides. The ride is approximately 7 miles, with some small hills that are not a problem on the pedal-assist bikes. The ride will be a little more than one hour. The goal is to make your experience on this field trip fun, easy, and uncomplicated. Smiles and laughter are expected.

Minimum Capacity: 5 people
Maximum Capacity: 15 people

Friday Field Trip C: Land Conservation Tour of Ross Ranch

Leader: Tessa Blevins, Shasta Land Trust
Cost: $10 per person
Duration: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Departs: McConnell Foundation’s Ross Ranch Property (Near Shasta College)
Transportation: Not Included, please meet at the Ross Ranch
Walking: Some walking (less than a mile) in open flat grassland and ranch roads

Join the Shasta Land Trust, The McConnell Foundation, and Point Blue Conservation Science for a tour of the 860-acre Ross Ranch, a working ranch in eastern Redding that will be the site of the CGS Awards Banquet on Saturday Evening. Learn how maps and Geographical Information System (GIS) tools are utilized to guide landscape-scale conservation decisions, management projects, and research focused on soil health, wildfire safety, and regenerative agriculture. This hands-on walking tour spans the pastures and oak woodlands of the property for an up-close look at several prescribed burns, active soil studies, and regenerative grazing plots. It is recommended that you bring good walking/hiking shoes, comfortable clothing, sun/rain protection (dependent on the weather), and a water bottle.

Minimum Capacity: 5 people
Maximum Capacity: 15 people

Sunday Field Trip A: A Local Hike to Chamise Peak

Leader: Dan Scollon, Shasta College
Cost: $10 per person
Duration: 9:00am – 1:30pm
Departs: Chamise Peak Trailhead
Transportation: Not Included, please meet at the trailhead
Hiking: Uneven Terrain: 4.6 miles, 700ft elevation gain 
Link to Trail Info

This is a chance to get out, get some exercise, and see some of the beauty and intriguing geography of Redding, at the edge of the . The Chamise Peak trail is a 4.6 mile hike with a 700 foot climb that affords views of the eastern Klamath Mountains, the Sacramento River and "the 3 Shasta" (Mountain, Lake and Dam). Along with way we'll discuss topography, natural history and the human geography that has developed here over time. There is a mid-point option of 2.5 miles and 500 foot climb.

Minimum Capacity: 5 people
Maximum Capacity: 25 people



Conference Hotel

Our official conference hotel will be the Americana Modern Hotel located in downtown Redding, but you can book anywhere you’d like.

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