NESTA Events at NSTA Conferences

NESTA offers events throughout the year for teachers, including at NSTA National and Area Conferences. Each year, we offer a full program of events including a Field Trip (most years), multiple Share-a-Thons, Rock and Mineral Raffles, lectures, a Friends of Earth Science Reception, and a Membership meeting at the National Science Teachers Association National Conference in the Spring. In addition, NESTA offers multiple workshops and a Rock and Mineral Raffle at NSTA Area conferences in the fall. Beginning in 2010, Windows to the Universe workshops are a part of the NESTA program.

For each NSTA Conference, NESTA arranges a Receiver. This local person volunteers to be the shipping address for any donations of rocks and minerals or other items that NESTA members send to the conference. Below are the NSTA Area conference Receivers identified for this year:

    Receivers for Fall 2014 Rock and Mineral Raffles:

    Richmond, Virginia: October 16–18

    Eric J. Pyle, PhD
    Department of Geology & Environmental Science
    James Madison University
    MSC 6903
    Harrisonburg, VA 22807

    Orlando, Florida: November 6–8

    Georghe Bartuska
    414 W. Hancock Street
    Lakeland FL 33803

    Long Beach, California: December 4–6

    Wendy Van Norden
    Harvard-Westlake School
    3700 Coldwater Canyon
    No. Hollywood, CA 91604

    Receiver for National, Chicago, Mar 12-15, 2015:
    Volunteer Needed

    NESTA Field Trips: Most years at the spring NSTA National Conference on Science Education, NESTA hosts an Earth Science related field trip that explores local
    geology and/or local places of interest related to the Earth Sciences. This all day field trip usually takes place the day before the NSTA conference begins. For details on the next field trip including itinerary and costs, check information about our current field trips closer to the date of the conference or contact a NESTA Board Member. Find out about the current field trips, and register to go on the field trip online.

    Share-a-Thons: NESTA offers multiple high-energy "Share-a-thons" annually, including multiple Share-a-thons at the national NSTA conference and in most years, one at each of the NSTA Regional conferences on science education. At a Share-a-thon, science educator colleagues share their favorite classroom activities with other teachers. Attendees can walk away with handouts describing proven, successful activities that they can use right away in the classroom, as well as meet old friends and make new ones. Presenters get a chance to share with their colleagues. To find out how you can participate at a presenter at one or more upcoming Share-a-Thons, please click here. Click here for a list of upcoming Share-a-Thons.

    List of upcoming Share-a-Thons

    Apply to present with online form

    Rock and Mineral Raffles: For Earth and space science teachers, part of the excitement of attending a NSTA conference is the NESTA Rock and Mineral Raffle, offered at NSTA National and Regional Conferences. People get a chance to win awesome specimens from all over the country. Click here to find out more about NESTA Rock and Mineral Raffles, including how to contribute specimens to upcoming Rock and Mineral Raffles.


    Form for specimen identification

    Upload a photograph of a specimen

    Friends of Earth Science Reception: NESTA hosts a reception for Friends of Earth Science at the NSTA National Conference on Science Education each year. The reception is a great place to see old friends and meet new ones, as well as NESTA members and leadership. Be sure to join us at the reception this year! Check the Calendar of Events to find the date, time, and venue.

    Earth and Space Science Resource Day: The NESTA Earth Science Resource Day offered at the NSTA National Conference is a perfect professional development day for an Earth and space science educator. To find out more about this exciting event, click here.


    Ticketing form for event online/by mail

    NESTA Speakers at NSTA National: NESTA hosts scientific speakers at the NSTA National Conference on Science Education each year. These speakers provide insight from the forefront of geoscience research in high-impact presentations that provide useful information for you to use in your classroom. Presentations are also subsequently made available on the website. Click here to find out about speakers at our upcoming events at the NSTA National Conference on the Earth and Space Science Resource Day.

    Membership Meeting: Our annual Membership Meeting takes place on the Earth Science Resource Day at the spring NSTA National Conference on Science Education. Updates from NESTA Executive Board Members are given and new Executive Board Members are introduced. This meeting provides the latest news about earth science education, and is an opportunity for members to make recommendations to the NESTA leadership. If you plan on attending the NSTA annual conference, plan on attending the NESTA membership meeting to meet your NESTA leadership team.

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