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NESTA offers  a full program of events throughout the year for teachers:

NSTA National Conference—Spring:

  • Field Trip (most years)
  • PD Workshops & Lectures
  • Share-a-Thons
  • Rock and Mineral Raffles
  • Friends of ESS Reception
  • Membership meeting

NSTA Regional Conferences—Fall:

  • multiple workshops
  • Share-a-Thons
  • Rock and Mineral Raffle

GSA Conference

AGU GIFT Workshop—NESTA collaboration—Fall

          • Get latest geoscience research from scientists
          • Explore new classroom resources
          • Visit exhibits/technical sessions for free

NESTA & Affiliates Webinars

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Webinar Schedule

Rock & Mineral Raffle

Excitement attending a NSTA conference For an ESS teacherNESTA Rock & Mineral Rafflepurchase chances to win awesome specimens from around the World!

Regular feature since 1st NSTA National Conference (1987) serves to place ESS materials into hands of teachers

Proceeds assist NESTA keep dues lowa win-win for teachers & NESTA members!

  Donate Specimens!


Educator colleagues share favorite classroom activities with other teachers

Attendees walk away—handouts describing proven, successful activities use right away in the classroom

Meet old friends & make new ones.  Want to  participate as a presenter at one or more upcoming Share-a-Thons?

Friends of Earth Science Reception

Venue recognizes exemplary teaching
—NESTA Awards
Edward C Roy, Jr. Award for Excellence in K-8 Earth Science Teaching by AGI

See old friends & meet new ones, as well as NESTA leadership

Bid on unique items in our Silent Auction

NESTA Field Trips

NESTA hostsESS field trips!—NSTA National Conference & other Geoscience Education meetings

Explore local geology & ESS places of interest with fellow ESS educators

All-day Field Tripusually day before conference begins— For details on next field trip including itinerary & costs, check information closer to date of NSTA National conference or contact a NESTA Executive Board Member

AGU Speaker at NSTA Conference

In collaboration with AGU, NESTA hosts the AGU Scientific Speaker at the NSTA National Conference each year. This speaker provides insight from the forefront of geoscience research with high-impact presentations providing useful information for your classroom

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