NESTA Opportunities for AGU ESIG Members

Dear Friend of Earth and Space Science Education

I am writing to you on behalf of the National Earth Science Teachers Association to request a donation for our upcoming silent auction at the NSTA National Conference on Science Education in San Antonio. Our silent auction will be held during the Friends of Earth Science Reception on Friday, April 12th.

Our second annual silent auction last year raised $912. We hope to exceed that amount this year.

But we need your help. Please consider donating something for our silent auction. Last year we auctioned off items such as:

  • A week at a cabin near Tahoe
  • Telescope eyepieces
  • Agate necklace and box
  • Indiana geode and fossils
  • Selenite sphere

Other ideas of donations include:

  • Science equipment
  • Display samples
  • Gift certificates
  • Jewelry

As a 501(c)(3) organization, all donations to NESTA are tax deductible. If you have any questions, please contact us. We thank you in advance for your consideration of this request.


Michelle Harris & Kimberly Warschaw

NESTA Co-Logistics Coordinators

Opportunities to present at NESTA Share-a-Thons at NSTA National Conference in San Antonio, April 12-13, 2013

If you are planning to attend the NSTA National Conference in San Antonio during April 2013, we'd like to alert you to the opportunity to present at the four NESTA Share-a-Thons at this conference. NESTA's Share-a-Thons are topically focused, and are scheduled on Friday and Saturday at the conference. Participation in these Share-a-Thons is a great way to get information out to a lot of teachers at the same time - Earth and space science teachers really enjoy these events, and they tend to be very well attended, compared to other sessions. If you are interested in participating, please fill out our presentation form online, and we'll be back in touch with you shortly with details about logistics. If you have any questions about the Share-a-Thons, please be in touch with NESTA's Share-a-Thon Coordinator, Michelle Harris, at Our Share-a-Thons at the national conference typically draws between 50 and 150 participants, and we ask presenters to provide one or more handouts for teachers to pick up that explains the resources you are sharing. More information about our Share-a-Thons is available at There is no fee to participate in our Share-a-Thons, although we appreciate donations to NESTA in support of our efforts, if you are so inclined (scroll down to the Share-a-Thons section)!

Opportunity to get information about educational programs out to Earth and space science teachers through NESTA

Do you have information about your programs or resources that you would like to get out to Earth and space science teachers at the NSTA conferences this fall, but don't plan to attend yourself? If so, the National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA) is happy to make your resources available at our events at the NSTA conferences. NESTA has multiple events, which are well attended by Earth and space science teachers, including our Share-a-Thon and our Rock and Mineral Raffle. To keep costs down, we take advantage of volunteer NESTA receivers who receive materials for us, and then bring them to the conference without any charges (rather than sending items to hotels or convention centers, which charge for receipt and delivery). If you have materials you would like to get to Earth and space science teachers attending our events, please send them to the receiver at the appropriate conference (see our Receiver page for their name and address) with a scheduled arrival date for your shipment no later than 1 week before event (all NESTA events at NSTA conferences this fall are on Friday) to ensure they make it to NSTA. Please limit the number of your resources to no more than 100 copies. If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact Roberta Johnson at

Donate Rock, Mineral, and Fossil Specimens to Teachers!

Many geoscientists and geoscience educators have wonderful specimens of rocks, minerals, and fossils sitting around their homes or offices, and some might think its time to find a new home for these specimens. If so, please consider donating them to NESTA. NESTA offers multiple Rock and Mineral Raffles each year, including one at each of the upcoming NSTA conferences this year, which provide a great way of getting quality specimens out to teachers in a fun way. We recommend using Flat Rate Priority Boxes from the US Post Office for delivery, as price does not vary by weight. If you would like to donate a specimen for the National NSTA conference, to be held in San Antonio, Texas, in April 2013, please send your specimens to our Rock and Mineral Raffle Co-Coordinator, Parker Pennington, at the following address:

Parker Pennington
5431 Pratt Road
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103-1496

Share Information About Earth and Space Science Education through NESTA's Quarterly Journal, The Earth Scientist

We would like to alert you to the opportunity to publish articles relevant to Earth and space science education in the National Earth Science Teachers Association's quarterly journal, The Earth Scientist (TES). TES focuses on resources that are particularly relevant to Earth and space science educators at the K-12 level, with an emphasis on exemplary resources that can be used by teachers in the classroom. We also publish articles on background science in areas relevant to Earth and space science educators. As the largest association of K-12 Earth and space science educators nationally, publishing in our journal provides a guaranteed way of getting information about your resources to teachers across the country. The circulation of TES is currently about 1200 (~95% K-12 Earth and space science teachers), and our membership is steadily increasing.

Recently, NESTA took the big step of transitioning TES to a peer-reviewed journal, with a version of peer review appropriate to K-12 educators. Papers are reviewed by leading Earth and space science educators and science education specialists nationally. The turn around time for review and decisions on submissions is very quick, within a month, allowing authors to get their articles published rapidly. Article length is typically 2000 words or less, making it relatively easy to take advantage of this publication opportunity.

Detailed information for authors is available on our website, including deadlines for submission, manuscript guidelines and format specifications, page charges, copyright transfer, and guidelines for photographs. We also provide information about options for advertising through NESTA in our Media Kit, with options including print advertising in TES, banner advertising or announcements in our newsletters, and banner advertising on our flagship education and outreach website, Windows to the Universe. While we encourage authors publishing in TES to honor page charges, if it is within their ability (considering institutional, program, or grant support) to help defer the costs of publication of the journal, payment of page charges is not required from authors without funding for page charges.

Organizations and programs interested in sponsoring a themed issue of TES should contact the TES Editor, Tom Ervin, or Executive Director, Roberta Johnson, about their program and plans as soon as possible for more information and to identify available issues well in advance. Over the past several years sponsors have recently worked with NESTA to develop themed issues on several topics, including climate change education, space science, rocks and minerals, seismology, Earth system science, and more.

You can access a listing of past issues online, including links to free sponsored issues of TES (including our most recent on climate change education, sponsored by NSF).

Help Support NESTA's Professional Development Program at NSTA!

The National Earth Science Teachers Association welcomes support for our events at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) conference in San Antonio in April 2013 from individuals, programs, organizations, and companies committed to improving K-12 science education and public literacy in the Earth and space sciences. For more information, visit our NSTA Program Sponsorship page.

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