The 63rd Annual Conference of the California Geographical Society is upon us!  I look forward to seeing you very soon.  Jennifer Helzer


General Conference Announcements and Reminders:


  • The weather forecast for the Santa Ynez region indicates daytime temperatures in the low to mid 70s; evening temperatures in the low 50s.  Bring jackets for the evening activities.  The Friday Night Welcome Dinner and Saturday evening Awards Banquet are both indoor/outdoor locations.
  • We have a few openings left for Sunday’s field trips.  Please check with a CGS Board Member at Registration.
  • All field trips leave from the Holiday Inn Express in Solvang.
  • Parking:
    • Veterans Memorial Hall is a short walk from Downtown Solvang (about 20 minutes).  Parking is available adjacent to the Hall.
    • Parking for the Awards Banquet:  The field on the left as you enter Montanero Farms.  
  • Smoking is Prohibited at Montanero Farms (Banquet location).
  • Help CGS to support green conference practices! Bring a lanyard from a previous conference for your name badge!
  • Congratulate yourself for using PayPal which by one estimate produces half the carbon of mailing registrations and checks...maybe more!.
  • Don't forget to bring an item that represents your region of California for the awards banquet raffle!  Items can be dropped off at the registration table on Friday or Saturday.
  • We would also like to offer your student organization an opportunity to promote your organization or department, or to raise funds for your club by selling geography-related club merchandise.  This is a great chance to share information with current or prospective students about your geography program, so please feel free to bring flyers or pamphlets to the Welcome Dinner on Friday evening.  Please contact Alison McNally, Northern California Student Representative ( or Zia Salim, Southern California Student Representative ( for additional information.


For Conference Presenters:


  • CGS provides easels for displaying posters and maps.  Presenters are responsible for poster board and mounting materials (pins, tape or other adhesive).
  • Judging criteria for all student awards is posted on the CGS website.
  • Poster and map presenters need to check-in Saturday morning between 8:00-8:30 AM at the display area.


The following conference information is available on the CGS website:


  • Conference Program (you will receive a printed program when you register!).
  • Conference Abstracts
  • Conference Maps