Michigan Earth Science Teachers Association (MESTA)

Welcome to the Michigan Earth Science Teachers Association (MESTA) Website

NOTE: MESTA will be transitioning to our Wild Apricot website exclusively in the near future. Please set up your account and begin to use only the Wild Apricot website as soon as possible. Our MESTA Wild Apricot website can be found at https://mesta.wildapricot.org

Join today! If you are not a member of MESTA, please join today! MESTA (founded in 1967) is an organization that targets helping K-12 Michigan educators in the field of Earth and Space Science. MESTA members are eligible for consideration for a number of awards and grants. Additional information covering membership benefits and our dues structure can also be found under the Join MESTA heading. MESTA offers our quarterly journal (The Michigan Earth Scientist) that targets information and resources that teachers can use in the classroom right away. We also provide a monthly e-newsletter (MESTA E-News) that is full of information about upcoming opportunities and events at both the state and national level.

Visit our About MESTA page to find out more about our organization. Links below the banner at the top of the page, as well as in the navigation panel to the left, provide links to MESTA resources and services.

The Bedrock Geology map above (courtesy of Michigan State University) shows some of the natural Earth Science wonders found in our state.

New Updates

2020 Menominee, MI Trip
NOTE: This trip has been postponed until 2021.
MESTA and the Wisconsin Earth Science Teachers Association are offering a joint field trip to the Menominee, MI area August 3-6, 2020. The field trip will have a registration fee of $50 for adults and $35 for family members that are minors. The registration fee will include a couple of lunches, mine museum and underground mine tour, all field experiences, presentations by researchers and educators, and some printed materials.

The registration form for this trip (Menominee_Registration_Form) can be found at the bottom of this page (in both .pdf and .docx formats). Download the form and return the completed form and funds to the individual provided on the form. Additional trip details (MESTA_Iron_Mt_Flier) can be found in a flier that is also provided below that can be downloaded for you to review (in both .pdf and .docx formats).

If you require some financial assistance to make this trip, check out the Cranson Field Scholarship available to our members in the "Awards and Grants" section.

Sherry Claflin to Receive AGI's Roy Award for Excellence in K-8 Earth Science Teaching
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Sherry Claflin, an eighth-grade Earth science teacher at White Cloud Junior High School in White Cloud, Michigan, has been named the 2020 recipient of the Edward C. Roy Jr. Award for Excellence in K-8 Earth Science Teaching. (Note: Sherry is the Publicity Chairperson on the MESTA Board of Directors.)

Claflin earned her bachelor's degrees in Earth and space science education and journalism from Central Michigan University. In her 26 years as an educator, Claflin has received recognitions including the Michigan Earth Science Association's Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Award and the National Association of Geoscience Teachers' Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Award for Central Michigan.

In addition to teaching Earth science in her current position, Claflin has served as an editor and contributing writer for Michigan Earth Scientist, an adjunct geology instructor at Muskegon Community College, a teacher at Annis Water Resources Institute, and an education and outreach consultant for the Newaygo Conservation District's Stephen F. Wessling Observatory and Kropscott Farm Environmental Center. With her guidance, Claflin's recently students won the Lexus Eco Air and Climate Challenge.

"Ms. Claflin is an inspiring Earth science educator," said Sharon Tahirkheli, Interim Executive Director of the American Geosciences Institute. "A lifelong learner who leads both her students and her colleagues by example, she champions inquiry-based Earth science education in her school and throughout her community."

Claflin will receive the award in April at the National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA) Friends of Earth Science Reception during the 2020 National Science Teaching Association Conference in Boston.

Given annually, AGI's Edward C. Roy Jr. Award recognizes one classroom teacher from kindergarten to eighth grade for leadership and innovation in Earth science education. The award is named in honor of Dr. Edward C. Roy Jr., who was a strong and dedicated supporter of Earth science education.

New MESTA Website Hosted by Wild Apricot Available Now
MESTA is currently working on transitioning to a new website hosted by Wild Apricot. If you would like to view the new website, go to: https://mesta.wildapricot.org

Michigan Earth Scientist Journal
The Spring 2020 issue of The Michigan Earth Scientist is now available to download. To access this latest issue, select MESTA Journal (under Publications) from the main menu above. The Journal is now a member-only feature, so you must be logged into the website in order to enjoy this benefit. Selected past issues of our Journal are also available.

Climate Change Teaching Resources
Check out the following resources designed to assist you teaching climate change:

The following websites can also assist you:

MESTA Social Media

Facebook Group
Regardless of whether or not you are a MESTA member, you can follow our organization's Facebook Group page by going to: http://www.facebook.com/groups/MESTA.Rocks/ (click on Join).

MESTA now has YouTube videos for you to use. Check out our 50th Anniversary celebration video! More videos will be coming in the future. To access our YouTube videos go to:


50th Year Golden Celebration

MESTA officially celebrated its golden anniversary on April 15, 2017. A formal Executive Committee for MESTA was established on April 15, 1967 with officers Win Lindeman, William Hindle, and Rod Cranson.

Other News

Michigan Science Standards
The new Michigan Science Standards have now been passed. These standards are based on the NGSS performance expectations. Check out the Michigan Department of Education press release here. MESTA has previously released a position statement concerning the Next Generation Science Standards. Scroll down this page to read the position statement.

Want some help creating your own NGSS units? The Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) has released a Getting Started Guide with three examples of CLEAN-supported NGSS units. To check out this guide and the units, look on the NESTA website home page (click on NESTA on the top menu above).

Charles A. Salotti Award
MESTA members are eligible for the Charles A. Salotti Earth Science Education Award. For details about this award, check out our "Awards and Grants" page.

Earth Science Lessons
If you are looking for a website to help you with your Earth Science lessons, in addition to the MESTA website (click on Teacher Resources on the top menu above), try looking at the Windows to the Universe website by clicking on W2U on the top menu above (click on Teachers on the top menu) or the National Earth Science Teachers Association website by clicking on NESTA on the top menu above (click on Teaching Resources on the left menu).

Position Statement on the Next Generation Science Standards

The Michigan Earth Science Teachers Association fully supports recent efforts to revitalize K-12 science education with the development of A Framework for K-12 Science Education by the National Research Council and the subsequent development of the Next Generation Science Standards by the National Research Council, the National Science Teachers Association, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Achieve.

The role and importance of the Earth and Space Sciences has been fully recognized and clarified by the NGSS. There is a need for more students to prepare for careers in these fields. This renewed emphasis on the Earth Sciences as one of the three major sciences will aid in directing more students to consider employment in these fields, where many quality and stable career opportunities currently exist.

The Michigan Earth Science Teachers Association is committed to providing and developing quality professional development opportunities for teachers to successfully and properly implement these standards in their classrooms. Preparation of teachers at all grade levels - elementary through high school - is essential for proper implementation of the NGSS.

Recognizing this, the Michigan Earth Science Teachers Association welcomes the opportunity to reinvent the teaching of the Earth and Space Sciences in Michigan schools. We further offer to partner with the Michigan Science Teachers Association, the Michigan Department of Education, and other interested parties in education, science agencies and private industry to develop quality curriculum and teacher training workshops for this effort.

Our Website

Thanks to our affiliation with the National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA), we now have an updated website that provides features similar to those offered to NESTA members. You will now be able to join MESTA, renew your MESTA membership, and update your MESTA profile electronically within our website. You will also find additional teacher resources that are now available to you.

Current MESTA members - one of the new features offered with our website is the ability to have "member only" pages. In order to access these pages, you will be required to log into the website using a user name and password. For your first time login, use your current email address as you user name, and click on Request a Password. A new password will be emailed to you. Use your email address and the new password to log into the website. You can click on My MESTA and then select "Your account settings and personal information" to change your user name and/or password, if you would like to (your user name does not have to be your email address). NOTE: "Your account settings and personal information" is where you go any time you need to change your personal email address. Best practice will now be for MESTA members to always login when accessing the website.

MESTA members - login to see the full calendar of upcoming events, The Michigan Earth Scientist journal, and our monthly E-News.

Questions/comments/problems? If you would like to ask the MESTA organization a question, pass on any comments to us, or if you experience any problems with this website, please use the Contact Us option located on the top menu above.

To see all the awards and mini-grants that are available to MESTA members, select Awards and Grants from the navigation menu on the left.

Help Support MESTA Today!

Please help support MESTA through a donation to MESTA today! MESTA is working to help Earth and Space Science teachers across Michigan by providing access to professional development opportunities and exemplary educational resources through our programs and participation at conferences and through our website. We advocate for Earth and Space Science education here in Michigan and we partner with the National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA) on national issues.

Contributions to MESTA are tax exempt under MESTA's non-profit IRS designation as a 501(c)(3), however, due to recent changes in tax laws, you should verify this with your tax preparer. Please click on the MESTA Donation Form (PDF file) displayed below, print out and complete the form, and send it to us at MESTA along with your check made out to the Michigan Earth Science Teachers Association. Please send your donation to the following address:

Michigan Earth Science Teachers Association
ATTN: Andrea Williams
5096 Spinning Wheel Drive
Grand Blanc, MI 48439

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Upcoming events

08/03/2020 - 10:00am
07/31/2020 - 9:00am
07/17/2020 - 6:00pm
07/10/2020 - 10:00am

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