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New Jersey Earth Science Teachers Association


Join NJESTA this fall for a Field Trip and a NGSS Lesson & Assessment Workshop
(Registration will open for these events by Friday Sept 9th)

NJ Earth Science Teachers Association is heading to Ringing Rock State Park to enjoy the sounds of a real "rock" concert! Join us on Saturday October 22, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM when we will visit one of the mysteries of the geologic world, and explore the seven acre site with a Rutgers geologist. The cost is $15.00 per educator (families welcome). Professional Development hours will be provided. Registration can be found HERE. Please note that we will rendezvous at Ringing Rock State Park. For additional information contact Missy Holzer at

"Earth, Space, & Environmental Science through the NGSS Lens - Phase 2 Workshop: Moving from Lessons to Assessments." It's official - NGSS are our new state science standards. Are your lessons "blended," and more importantly are your assessments NGSS congruent? We will review lessons for NGSS congruency and learn how to craft "blended" assessments in this full day workshops. Participants should have a working knowledge of the NGSS architecture and know how to access NGSS resources. The workshop will be offered twice: October 29th at Duke Farms, and February 4th at Palmyra Cove Nature Park. The cost is $15 per educator. Professional Development hours will be provided. Registration can be found HERE. For additional information contact Missy Holzer at


Earth Science Week Toolkits now available for Free!
NJ Geological and Water Survey is again offering Earth Science Week Toolkits to the first 50 requests by NJ teachers. This year Earth Science Week is taking place October 9-15, and the theme is "Our Shared Geoheritage." The toolkits are filled classroom resources related to this theme, and the Earth Science Week website ( has even more materials. To get your toolkit, contact Helen Rancan at NJGWS at with your school mailing address.


Earth 2 Class 2016-2017 Schedule
Earth 2 Class Workshops link cutting edge Earth system science content presented by prominent researchers at Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory to innovative classroom resources. These monthly Saturday workshops are a great way to stay abreast of new developments in our field, to visit a world renowned research institute, and hear from scientists behind these new developments. The complete schedule for the upcoming Earth2Class Workshops is now available at


Rutgers Climate Institute Public Lecture
Climate Change, Energy, and the Politics of 2016, featuring The Honorable Bob Inglis will take place Monday September 26th at the Cook College Center at Rutgers University at 7PM. For more information about his talk, and to register, visit:


NASA Education Science WOW! E-News
Stay up to date and learn about new NASA resources and opportunities by subscribing to the NASA Education WOW! E-News delivered "Weekly on Wednesday." To sign-up for this newsletter, go to:


National Earth Science Teachers Association Membership

Dear Science Teacher

As an Earth and Space Science Educator, we'd like to make you aware of the benefits of membership in the National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA).   Through our resources and programs, joining NESTA provides one of the most cost effective ways of staying up to date with advances in Earth and space science education, and what works in the classroom! NESTA provides a supportive, resource-rich network for Earth and space science teachers across the country, reaching our members where they are with resources and services they need.  NESTA is the largest professional association representing Earth and space science K-12 teachers nationally, and is led by teachers for teachers.  We invite you to join NESTA today through our online membership interface at  Be sure to enter order code 1300, when you join! 

Each year, NESTA:

  • provides professional development workshops and lectures that serve thousands of K-12 Earth and space science teachers
    • NESTA is offering a new series of free webinars with PBS Nova on Earth system science - register for the first webinar (September 11, 6 pm Eastern time), on "Clouds, Precipitation and the Earth System" by Dr. Stephen Nesbitt of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois right away to be sure you get a spot!  
    • We're expanding our workshops and events to regional and state science education conferences, through our distributed leadership, to reach more teachers across the country
  • provides members dozens of quality classroom activities through our peer-reviewed quarterly journal, The Earth Scientist, as well as science updates (see our summer 2013 open-access issue on Earth system science)
  • provides monthly highlights of opportunities and resources for members through our electronic newsletter, NESTA ENews
  • provides periodic Special Alerts about new breaking opportunities for members, with a focus on those offering stipends and travel support
  • provides free access to high-quality Earth and space science content through our flagship educational website, Windows to the Universe, as well as a 50% discount on Educator Membership (only $10/yr for NESTA members!), which provides access to valuable special benefits and services
  • advocates for the importance of Earth and space science education nationally, and at the state level, through Congressional visits (coming up in September, with the geoscience community) as well as working in collaboration with other organizations and initiatives
  • supports development of and collaboration with state-based Earth and space science teacher associations

NESTA Membership is a Bargain!

For less than the cost of a cup of coffee each month at your favorite coffee shop, or a night out for two at the movies, you can join NESTA, gaining access to all the benefits of membership and also provide vital support for our organization!

  • Membership in NESTA starts at only $30/year, including online access to The Earth Scientist, monthly E-News, Special Alerts, access to member-only sections of the NESTA website at, and full voting privileges. 
  • If you prefer to receive a print copy of TES, which includes occasional print poster inserts, you can include a print supplement to your membership, for a total of $50/yr, including all the benefits of NESTA membership described above.  Print supplement rates for members living in Mexico and Canada are slightly higher, due to mailing rates (and we regret that we can't mail TES to other countries, because mailing rates are prohibitive). 
  • For only $10/yr, you can add a Windows to the Universe Educator Membership to your NESTA membership, and get access to all member benefits to our 9000+ page website, including free access to over $230 work of formatted classroom activities, student worksheets, and ppts on the website.

Join online today, for immediate access to the benefits of NESTA membership, at  Be sure to enter Order Code 1300, just after you set your password for your account!

If you would rather not join online with a credit card you can renew by check or money order. Download the form at and send it in to our Membership Coordinator at the address shown on the form.