The best geologist is the one who has seen the most rocks.
The same can be said for Earth science teachers. There is no better classroom for learning geology than out in the field. Besides the GeoTeachers Field Workshop series which focus on teachers’ local geologic environments via field trips and short courses, GSA offers other field experiences for teachers seeking to study geology first hand over longer periods and further afield. Field Workshops are designed for K-12 educators in public and private schools as well as home school parents, informal educators and college faculty who work with pre- and in-service teachers.
GeoVentures - Gaswangtal Bavarian Alps, Germany
America is blessed with tremendous geology. Understanding the global aspects of the geosciences requires exploring the entire Earth. GeoVentures is GSA’s program for members to investigate the scientific story told by landscapes outside the United States. GeoVentures programs are not specifically designed for teachers but open to all interested members.
GeoCorps - Teachers explore crossbedding in 2.2 billion year old Sioux Quartzite, Pipestone National Monument, MN
GSA also offers teachers the opportunity to work with America's Public Lands (National Park Service, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management) as interns for the summer through our GeoCorps™ America program. Parks often need people who excel at interpreting complex geologic concepts to the general public. Teachers do this on a daily basis and are excellent candidates for interpretation positions. GeoCorps is open to the general membership.
Teacher Field Camp - Ecola State Park,Oregon
Teacher Field Camps allow teachers to use skills that geologists use on a daily basis while seeing the amazing geology found within the continental 48. Unlike Field Workshops with their local focus, teacher field camps draw participants from around the country to a geologically interesting location for extended study. In the past participants in teacher field camps visited active Hawaiian volcanoes, soaked in mineral hot springs in Colorado, explored the world's longest cavern Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave, and visited the amazing coastline of Acadia National Park in Maine. Teacher Field Camps are perfect for earth science, environmental science, special education and pre-service teachers. We hope to see you in the field!
EarthCache - Rainbow Gneiss EarthCache, Morton, MN
In addition, for teachers seeking opportunities to get their students out in the field beyond the confines of traditional school field trips, GSA’s EarthCaching program makes it easy to get students to explore the geology in their area. Learn more about EarthCaching and how you can use it in your classroom.