Michigan Earth Science Teachers Association (MESTA)

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

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

2019 MESTA Fall Conference
Save these dates on your calendar: the 2019 MESTA Fall Conference will be taking place on October 4 & 5, 2019. Friday (October 4) will be a field day and Saturday (October 5) will take place at Mona Shores Middle School. The annual MESTA membership meeting and Board of Directors elections will take place on Saturday. Stay tuned to our website for additional details and registration information.

2019 Costa Rica Earth Science Trip
Costa Rica sits astride a jagged series of volcanoes and mountains, part of the great Andes-Sierra Madre chain, which runs the length of the western littoral of the Americas. Join the National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA) for this special discovery of a multitude of volcanic formations, ranging from major stratovolcanoes to hydrothermal vents and fumaroles. The trip will take place from July 6-12, 2019. Download the trip flyer below (NESTA_Costa_Rica_Trip_Summer_2019.pdf) for a trip itinerary, pricing information, and contact information for additional information or to enroll for the trip.

MESTA 2019 Kentucky Cave Geology Trip
Mark your calendar and save the dates (August 10-13, 2019) for an upcoming MESTA Kentucky Geology Trip. Watch our website (Conferences, Other MESTA Events) for more details as the trip dates get closer!

Michigan Earth Scientist Journal
The Fall 2018 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.

MESTA Endorses NSTA Climate Change Position Statement
The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) confirms the solid scientific foundation on which climate change science rests and advocates for quality, evidence-based science to be taught in science classrooms in grades K-12 and higher education. The National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA) and the Michigan Earth Science Teachers Association (MESTA) fully supports NSTA's position. To read the NSTA position paper regarding the teaching of climate science visit the following link: http://www.nsta.org/about/positions/climatescience.aspx.

Some of the members of the position statement panel provide further insights and answer questions in this blog: http://nstacommunities.org/blog/2018/09/14/teaching-climate-science-leading-teachers-and-scientists-explain-nstas-new-position-statement-and-answer-your-questions/

Credit: NESTA E-News, September 2018.

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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