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Sad news and glad news from NESTA:

NESTA received word that Jan Woerner, our first President (1983-1986), passed away. We have little further information at this time, but will post more when it becomes available.

On a more positive note, NESTA is glad to announce that Dr. Carla McAuliffe will be our next Executive Director. Dr. McAuliffe works for TERC, a nonprofit research and development organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She brings a wide range of experience and contacts to the position.

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

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.

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.

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