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Conferences & Webinars

NESTA offers  a full program of events throughout the year for teachers of both in person and virtual professional development:

NSTA National Conference

  • Field Trip (most years)
  • PD Workshops & Lectures
  • Friends of ESS Reception

NSTA Regional Conferences—Fall:

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

GSA Conference

NESTA Data Network Projects

NESTA members are embarked on a new journey to support their colleagues by organizing community data projects.

Spring Project

Cloudy Consequences:  
Unpacking the Climate Change Connection

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!

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Ever Wonder Who started conference

Our NESTA model for Share-a-thons has been reproduced by multiple organization as a best practice to support educator colleagues sharing favorite classroom activities with other teachers.

Attendees walk with proven, successful activities use right away in the classroom.

NESTA is not hosting any upcoming Share-A-Thons and hopes to find new strategic ways to support collegial exchange.

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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