Initial Publication Date: March 28, 2022

Participant Checklist & Logistics

Short Course: Increasing the data, math, and societal relevance in introductory Earth science courses

Date: Saturday, April 30, 2022
Time: 9:00am-5:30pm
Location: Mt San Antonio College campus, Walnut, CA (IN PERSON!)

*The location was accidentally listed as Pasadena when the initial announcement was sent out. Our apologies for this. It was an error stemming from the originally-scheduled pre-pandemic course in 2020.

Participant Checklist

Prior to the start of the short course please:

  1. Ensure you are "up-to-date" on vaccinations or have a medical exemption. Bring proof of vaccination or exemption with you (paper or digital) to visually show upon arrival. See COVID19 Policies & Planning. (Opens in new window)

Bring with you to the short course:

  • Laptop computer
  • Proof of vaccination or exemption
  • Face mask


The Los Angeles area is served by several airports. Smaller airports in the LA area can provide a much easier way than the large international LAX. Travel times can be longer than below in the worst traffic situations.

  • Ontario Airport (ONT) - ~20-25 minutes east of Mt San Antonio College
  • Burbank Airport (BUR) - ~30-50 minutes mostly west of MtSAC
  • Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) - ~45-60 minutes from MtSAC
  • Long Beach Airport (LGB) - ~45-60 minutes from MtSAC

Lodging Options

Workshop leaders are not organizing housing associated with the short course, we did want to mention a few options. These are within about 20 minutes of the Mt San Antonio College campus and in areas generally considered to be safer than others. Other options a bit further afield would be to look in Arcadia and Pasadena. Alternatively if you are flying into the LA area, you may wish to stay near the airport where you arrive.

  • La Quinta by Wyndham, Pomona (3 miles east of campus; ~5 minutes away)
  • Best Western, San Dimas (about 8 miles NNE of campus; ~10 minutes away)
  • Home2Suites by Hilton, Azusa (8 miles NW of campus; ~15 minutes away)
  • Doubletree by Hilton, Monrovia (19 miles NW of campus; ~25 minutes away)

Parking & Campus Map

All participants should have received a parking pass from Mt San Antonio College during the week of April 18. Please print this ahead of time and put it on your dashboard.
Mt San Antonio College campus map for the short course (Acrobat (PDF) 4MB Apr26 22)
Mt San Antonio College interactive campus map

  • Parking - best place to park is Mt SAC Lot D. You can just enter this into your map program and navigate directly to it (see also maps above).
  • Building 60 - Science Laboratories
    • Enter through the southeast corner door - we'll have it propped open
  • Rooms
    • 1512 - registration and food
    • 1511 - classroom

Coordinating with other participants

Some people are coming from outside the LA area and may wish to try to coordinate with other participants for car pooling. The conveners have set up and sent out an email listserv that participants can use to establish connections with others if they are interested in finding people with similar transport needs. We also recommend looking at the Participant page to see if others are coming from a similar place or also likely to be flying in.

Optional dinner event

This is not at all an official part of the short course, but we wanted to mention that there is a scholarship dinner being held on the Mt San Antonio campus just after the short course ends and anyone who is interested is welcome to purchase a ticket.

13th Annual Kepler Distinguished Lecture and Scholarship Dinner 

Keynote speaker: Dr. Paul Weissman, Senior Scientist Emeritus, Planetary Science Institute
Title: Rosetta Mission: Living With a Comet
Proceeds from the event support the MtSAC Kepler Astronomy Scholarship program.

Cocktail hour is from 5-6 pm, so anyone who decides to attend would need to go directly from the workshop (which ends 5:30 pm) to the event and would catch the tail end of the cocktail time. The event includes appetizers (during the cocktail hour), dinner (options are short rib, salmon, or penne), and the lecture by this year's speaker, Dr. Paul Weissman, Senior Scientist Emeritus at the Planetary Science Institute. The last day to purchase tickets is April 23. Tickets are $75 per person before April 8th and $85 per person from April 8-23.