MESTA Conference

Each year, MESTA sponsors a conference for its full membership. The conference is usually held during either the late summer or in the fall, and normally lasts two days (Friday and Saturday). The location for the annual conference is rotated among many venues throughout the state.

A typical annual fall MESTA conference includes field trip activities around the host location and an awards banquet on Friday, and classroom sessions as well as a keynote speaker and full membership meeting (with board elections) on Saturday. Prior to the Saturday informational classroom sessions, both the Rock Shop and the Free and Inexpensive Shop are available for members to make purchases from. A Rock and Mineral Raffle is held at the conclusion of the conference.

Members are encouraged to not only attend as many activities as they can, but to also present a classroom session that highlights successful classroom lessons and strategies that relate to the Michigan (or national) Earth Science standards. Watch this web page for details about how to become a conference presenter as well as registration information (look under the current year entry).

2017 Conference:

The 2017 annual MESTA Conference will be taking place at Grosse Pointe South High School on October 14, 2017. This will be a very special conference as we are planning on celebrating the 50th Anniversary of MESTA. Save the date on your calendar and watch here for further updates. Registration details coming soon. Tentative plans include:


9:00-10:00 AM - Conference Registration
10:00-12:00 PM - GIS Workshop (Randy Johnson facilitating)
12:00-1:00 PM - Annual Business Meeting/Lunch
1:00-2:00 PM - Guest Speaker - Dr. Steve Mattox
2:00-3:30 PM - Focus Group Meetings
3:30 - Rock Raffle


6:00-10:00 PM - 50th Anniversary Banquet (dinner buffet at 7:00 PM) at the Watermark Grill in St. Clair Shores


*** Go to the bottom of this page to download the Banquet/Conference registration form (MESTA_Reg.pdf). ***

2016 Conference:

The 2016 annual MESTA Conference took place in the Ishpeming area. The classroom sessions for the conference were hosted by Northern Michigan University in Marquette. MESTA wishes to thank Tiffany Micketti as well as everyone who helped out in the Ishpeming area and at NMU.

2015 Conference:

The 2015 annual MESTA Conference was hosted by Okemos High School. MESTA wishes to thank Dave Chapman for helping to host the conference and make it a success as well as Bruce Bright, Rod Cranson, and MSU National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory for helping out with our Friday field sessions. We also want to thank the workshop session hosts for all their hard work.

2014 Conference:

The 2014 annual MESTA Conference was hosted by the Alpena Community College (and various other nearby locations including the Besser Museum, the LaFarge and Rockport Quarries, the Thundar Bay National Marine Sanctuary, and the Michigan Karst Conservancy. MESTA wishes to thank these locations for hosting activities and Dr. Daria Kulver for helping to make the conference a success!

2013 Conference:

The 2013 annual MESTA Conference was a joint conference hosted by both MESTA and MAEOE (Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education) at Belle Isle, Detroit. MESTA wishes to thank MAEOE for co-hosting the conference, and Belle Isle for the conference facilities. Field trips were held on Friday (visiting a refinery, fossil hunted, exploring Lake St. Clair), and the traditional conference workshop sessions were held on Saturday.

2012 Conference:

The 2012 annual MESTA Conference was a joint conference hosted by both MESTA and NESTA (National Earth Science Teachers Association) at Michigan Technological University (MTU) in Houghton. The conference was expanded from the usual two day format to a five-day format in order to provide additional field trips and outdoor activities. MESTA wishes to thank NESTA for co-hosting the conference, and MTU for both providing staff to run activities in the area and classroom space for various conference sessions.

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