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.
NESTA members - login to see the full calendar of upcoming events.
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.
Message for AGU-ESIG Members!
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!
Earth Science Week Toolkits - Our Ever-Changing Planet can be ordered from the American Geological Institute for $6.95.
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!
Survey Results - The Executive Summary of NESTA K-12 Climate Change Education Survey is available here. A full report on survey responses from active US K-12 climate change educators will be available to NESTA members in early 2012. Our survey results are in the news - check it out at on Nature.com and in the Guardian.
NESTA is happy to make available summary results from a survey of Earth and space science educators we conducted from April through August of 2011. Summary survey results from 306 members of NESTA are available to NESTA members (just login to get access), with responses to over 50 questions about demographics, teaching experience, subjects taught, technology use, classroom resources, teacher needs and concerns, and more. Summary responses from 726 active K-12 US teachers to the same survey are available for Windows to the Universe Educator members. Just login to your account(s) to get access to these survey results. If you're not a member of NESTA or Windows to the Universe, but would like to get access to both reports, you can join today (click here to join NESTA or Windows to the Universe) to get access. Alternatively, non-members can purchase access to our Survey Summary of 726 Active US K-12 Teachers 2011 through our online store.
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!