Workshop Logistics

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Workshop Details

The program will begin on Sunday evening, July 22, 2018 at 5 PM at the University of Maryland STAMP center. The workshop will conclude after dinner on Thursday evening, July 26. There is an optional visit to the National Science Foundation on July 27.

Note: While the formal workshop program starts at 6:30, we ask that you arrive by 5pm to participate in the initial welcome and opening dinner.

Workshop Check-In: Sunday, July 22

  • Workshop Check-in will take place in Annapolis Hall from 2:00pm-4:30pm, and in the Atrium Room 1107 at the STAMP Center from 5:00pm-9:00pm. Participant notebooks and name tags will be distributed at check-in.
  • Dorm Check-in is available after 12:00 noon in Annapolis Hall. Linens (pillow, pillowcase, sheets, blanket, 2 towels) will be provided, but toiletries (soap, shampoo, etc) are not; you will need to bring your own. Parking passes and meal cards can be picked up at the time of check-in. If you are not staying on campus, your parking pass will be available at either workshop check-in site. Dorm check-out time is 5:00 pm. You can contact the Service Desk at Annapolis Hall at 301-314-2662 with any questions. Annapolis Hall is open 24 hours a day for check-in. The doors to Annapolis Hall are frequently locked after 7pm. If you go to the door to the right, there will be a button to push and there is a number listed to dial. It rings to the front desk. You can let them know you are there to check in for the geoscience workshop and they will buzz you in.

Opening Activities

If you cannot arrive on Sunday in time for the 5:30 PM opening session and dinner, please plan to travel on Saturday and indicate that on your travel information form. Under these circumstances, we will arrange for housing for you on Saturday night.

Optional NSF Trip

We are offering an optional one-day trip to the National Science Foundation on Friday, July 27 (see schedule - opens in a new window). We will start with an orientation session followed by small group meetings with program officers. Following that, NSF staff will offer group sessions on some specific NSF programs and you will be able to meet individually with NSF program officers. Transportation to NSF is on your own (see metro travel info below). This NSF trip is optional, but we encourage everyone, including faculty from two-year colleges, to attend.

If you opt to stay in DC on Friday night you will be responsible for finding accommodations and the cost of the extra night's stay.


Participants are responsible for their travel to and from the workshop. Maps and Directions to College Park are available on the UMD web site.

Transportation to College Park, MD by Air

Reagan National Airport (DCA) is the most convenient to College Park. The campus is approximately a 30-minute drive/cab ride from the airport

Alternatively, you can fly in to Baltimore/Washington International airport or Dulles International airport . Travel times to these airports will vary due to traffic, and travel times can be highly variable, but it typically it takes ~40 minutes to/from BWI to UMD and an hour to an hour and a half to/from Dulles.

There are public transportation, taxi service, and SuperShuttle options for each of the airports. The metro stops at Reagan International airport and also at NSF (Eisenhower Avenue) and near UMD campus (College Park station - there may be a shuttle bus from the metro station to UMD campus). For more details about ground transportation options from each airport, see the red text at bottom of the Maps and Directions web page, under "By Air."

If you attend the NSF trip, you may choose to fly home on the afternoon or evening of July 27. Travel time from the NSF offices to Dulles is at least one hour (and may be more during rush hour); to Reagan National you should allow at least one-half hour if during rush hour. The Washington DC Airport Shuttle serves both airports. They will pick up at the door and deliver to the airport.

Travel by Rail

Several Amtrak routes serve the DC area.

Travel by Car

Use your favorite online map to get directions to the University of Maryland, College Park, MD.

Travel to NSF

Travel to NSF on your own by Metrorail. The nearest station is College Park/U of MD Metro (Green and Yellow Lines). The University of Maryland Shuttle 104 will get you there from campus (bus stop is on Campus Drive near the rotary circle with the "M" flowers; buses run every ~7 minutes). If you can catch a Yellow Line train to Huntington that is the most direct route. Depending on the time of day, however, the Yellow Line may not extend to College Park. You can also take the Green Line train in the direction of Branch Avenue to L'Enfant Plaza Metro Station and change for the Yellow Line in the direction of Huntington. Get off at the Eisenhower Avenue station. After you exit the Metro the entrance to NSF is directly across Eisenhower Avenue. Travel time ~45 minutes.


Participants will stay in single-occupancy rooms in suites in air-conditioned residence halls. Standard linens (pillow, pillow case, sheets, blanket, towel) will be provided. You need to bring your own toiletries (soap, shampoo, etc.). You may also wish to bring clothes hangers or garment bag.

An interactive map of the UMD campus is available to help you navigate during the workshop. Parking maps and campus maps are also available in PDF format.

On-Site Logistics

Internet Access:

Complimentary internet access will be available at the University of Maryland. Access instructions will be available at check-in.


There will be a fee ($10/day) for parking at the University of Maryland. Please indicate if you will need a parking pass when you fill out your travel form. Passes can be picked up at Annapolis Hall when you check-in, or at the registration table if you are not staying on campus.

Recreation Center

Workshop participants will be able to purchase guest passes for the UMD gym at the Eppley Recreation Center. Passes are $7.00 a day and grant access to the Eppley Recreation Center (ERC), Cole Field House, Ritchie Coliseum, Reckord Armory, and the School of Public Health Building (SPH).

Visit the UMD website for information on hours and specific facilities ( This site may be offline. ) .

What to bring:

Dress will be casual during the workshop. Please be prepared for cool air-conditioned buildings and the hot/humid outdoors. Rain sometime during the week is likely. More formal attire is recommended for the NSF visit.

Linens will be provided in the dorms (pillow, pillow case, sheets, blanket, 2 towels), but you must bring your own toiletries (soap, shampoo, etc).


For those staying in the dorms, breakfasts will be provided Monday through Thursday at the South Campus Dining Hall. Some, but not all, other meals during the week will be provided. There will be various options, including vegetarian entrees. We expect to be able to satisfy most food preferences and restrictions. Please tell us about any special dietary restrictions on the travel information form.