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WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT CHERYL MANNING OF EVERGREEN (CO) HIGH SCHOOL IS THE NEW PRESIDENT-ELECT! Cheryl is a Board Certified Teacher with extensive experience in Earth Science and allied subjects. Cheryl also brings a background in geoscience research; a variety of education programs, including GLOBE; and connections with many science ed organizations.

NESTA IS STILL SEEKING A NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NESTA is seeking a qualified person to serve as the Association’s Executive Director. NESTA is a professional association open to any person with an interest in Earth Science education. Most NESTA programs are designed to serve the K–12 levels where the majority of our membership lies. NESTA cooperates with other professional education associations, scientific societies, and federal agencies to promote Earth Science education. Many NESTA activities take place at NSTA conferences and at State science education meetings. The Executive Director must be able to attend NSTA National conferences, should attend NSTA Area conferences if possible, and be available to represent NESTA in other venues (GSA, AGU, etc.) [Note: The Search Committee is now in the process of evaluating our applicants.]

NESTA announces the opportunity to apply for a Harold B. Stonehouse Mini-Grant

Preview of NESTA workshops at the NSTA 2015 Fall and 2016 National Conferences

Review of NESTA/W2U workshops at the NSTA Chicago National Conferences

Our Space Science and Astronomy Education web seminar series is now complete. All web seminars have been recorded and are available for free on the Windows to the Universe Web Seminar page. Powerpoints presented in the web seminars are available for download by Windows to the Universe Educators on this same page.

The National Earth Science Teachers Association is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational organization, founded in 1985, whose mission is to facilitate and advance excellence in Earth and Space Science education. NESTA's purpose is the advancement, stimulation, extension, improvement, and coordination of Earth Science education at all educational levels. NESTA is an organization made up of and governed by classroom teachers, and extends its influence through association with other professional societies and organizations. We always welcome new members - JOIN NESTA today!

Visit our About NESTA pages to find out more about our organization. Links below the banner at the top of this page, as well as in the navigation panel to the left, provide links to NESTA resources and services. NESTA members can login in the box at the right to access resources available only to Members, such as our publications (The Earth Scientist, NESTA E-News), My NESTA, Teacher Employment, and to recommend or share curriculum resources, images, and multimedia with the NESTA community.

Membership in NESTA provides many benefits to Members. Find out more on our Membership Benefits page.

Visit our conference page to find out about our sessions at the upcoming NSTA Regional Conferences on Science Education this fall.

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Join Today - If you are not a member of NESTA, please join today! NESTA offers our journal quarterly, targeting resources teachers can use in the classroom right away. We also provide a monthly e-newsletter full of information about upcoming opportunities and events, in addition to our activities at the state, regional and national level. NESTA membership also gets you a 50% discount on Educator membership in Windows to the Universe, the worlds leading Earth and Space Science educational website filled with resources for you to use in the classroom, and valuable member benefits. NESTA is here to serve you, the Earth and Space Science K-12 educator.

Partnerships - Are you interested in getting the word out to Earth and Space Science educators about your research, programs, resources, or services? If so, please find out more about opportunities we offer on our Partnerships page, as well as information about advertising in NESTA's journal, The Earth Scientist, our monthly newsletter, NESTA E-News, or on the Windows to the Universe website or in the Windows to the Universe Earth and Space Science Educator newsletter.

Cool It! Game from the Union of Concerned Scientists

The newest addition to our online store at Windows to the Universe is the Cool It! card game from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). This card game teaches kids about the choices we have when it comes to climate change—and how policy and technology decisions made today will matter.

The game enables teachers and parents to talk about global warming in a fun and hopeful way. Kids, meanwhile, will learn that all of us make choices that determine whether the world warms a little or a lot, and which of those choices reduce global warming emissions. Download the Cool It! Teacher's Guide.

The Universe at Your Fingertips 2.0 DVD

The Universe at Your Fingertips 2.0 educational DVD-ROM, developed by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, contains 133 field-tested hands-on activities, 17 topical guides, 52 background articles, 55 introductory images, and 12 short videos on the topics of astronomy, planetary science, and Earth science. Available in our online store - only $29.95 plus shipping and handling!

Young Voices for the Planet DVD

The Young Voices for the Planet DVD, developed by Lynne Cherry - includes eight inspiring documentary films (3-7 minutes each) that dispel fear of climate change and inspire understanding through stories of youth speaking out, doing citizen-science and taking action. Available in our online store - only $29.95plus shipping and handling!

Science Store on Windows to the Universe website! Check out the science education store on the Windows to the Universe website. In addition to Windows to the Universe and NESTA resources, the store offers publications and DVDs from other providers. Windows to the Universe members get a 10% discount on store products, and NESTA members get a 50% discount on membership in Windows to the Universe.

Special Opportunity for NESTA Members to Join Windows to the Universe! - NESTA members can join as Windows to the Universe Educators now for only $10 per year. NESTA members of Windows to the Universe will get immediate access to an advertising free version of the website, and will receive all the additional capabilities and services on Windows to the Universe made available to others in the fall at no additional fee! If you're not a member of NESTA, join NESTA today, and then become an Educator Member of Windows to the Universe at this special NESTA-only rate!

Share Your Best Places to Go for Earth and Space Science Education - Please help us create NESTA's List of Best Places for Earth and Space Science across the country. We would like to ask you, as a NESTA member, to share your favorite places in your state relevant to our field with other NESTA members. The following questions may help you think of the places we'd like to identify:

  • What are the places you love to visit to see a great outcrop?
  • What museum or planetarium in your area do you think is the best for seeing a geoscience-related exhibit?
  • What places do you like to visit to see the best examples of landforms?
  • Do you know of good places where you can collect rocks, minerals, and fossils (legally...) - even if at a fee?
Please fill out an online form with which you can provide the name, location (either address or geographic coordinates), and a brief description of locations. Please remember to focus your responses on places that are within 500 miles of you, since for now we will rely on our distributed network to provide responses that cover the country. Don't forget to provide your name and e-mail, so we can acknowledge your contributions.

Obscure Earth Science Word of the Day Contributions - Now that Windows to the Universe has moved to NESTA, the website redesign team is working away and coming up with some fun ideas to engage people interested in the Earth and Space Sciences, as well as to provide resources for educators (in the classroom, and elsewhere). One of the new elements we are developing will be a section of the website dedicated to an Earth and Space Science "Word of the Day".

We would like you, as a member of NESTA and a leading Earth and Space Science educator, to contribute your favorite few obscure Earth and Space Science words (say, three to five) to form the basis for this collection. Please don't forget to provide not only the words, but their definitions, in this online form - please also provide your name and e-mail, so we can acknowledge your contributions!

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Earth and Space Science Today

Now you can easily access information on topics that highlight our active Earth. Learn all about the latest earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, severe weather, wildfires, tides and currents, droughts, a calendar of solar and lunar eclipses, and daily streamflow information.