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Welcome to MESTA

Are you new to teaching Earth Science and need some help? Do you want to go on awesome field trips? Need any rocks and minerals for your classroom? Then you've come to the right place! 

About Us

The Michigan Earth Science Teachers Association (MESTA) was founded in 1967.  The organization consists of members teaching in the field of Earth and Space Science at the K-12 and college levels.

Not a member?  Join MESTA for the low cost of just $10 per year.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to help provide educators with up to date information, materials, and credible references to assist with the teaching of Earth and Space Science classes.

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Donate to MESTA

In the K-12 classroom, it is becoming increasingly more important to provide authentic learning experiences that will enable students to develop an understanding of Earth Science. Your support of MESTA is vital in helping to prepare students to become the decision makers of tomorrow.  Please consider the opportunity to "pay it forward" and help support Earth and Space Science teachers in Michigan.

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Member Benefits

MESTA provides members in good standing with the following benefits:

* Classroom mini-grants to $500

* Summer field conferences

* Providing teacher materials via our Free & Inexpensive shop, Rock Shop, and Rock Raffles

* Field scholarships to $1000

* MESTA E-News (e-newsletter published monthly)

* Help justify/defend Earth Science education

* Annual MESTA conference (providing field activities and classroom workshops)

* The Michigan Earth Scientist journal, published quarterly (Note: you must be logged into your MESTA account to view the journals)

* Annual awards

* Michigan Earth Science Teachers Association Facebook page and YouTube channel

* Teacher workshops

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Upcoming NASA Webinars & Workshops

University of Hawaii Manoa and NASA STEM Session 4: Exploring the NASA Ames Research Center Community  01/18/2021


Explore Space Tech: Robonaut, Canadarm, & The Engineering Design Process  01/19/2021


NASA EPDC Virtual Learning Opportunities: Digital Badges for Educators and Students  01/19/2021


Schedule of Upcoming NASA Webinars & Workshops

Our Active Earth

Access current Earth Science data about earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, severe weather, wild fires, tides and currents, droughts, solar and lunar eclipses, daily stream flow, and space weather.

Select Data to Examine

Mauna Loa - Hawaii (USGS)

Upcoming Events

  • Menominee Trip coming early August 2021 (check out the Events page)

Are You looking for a way to enhance your Solar System/Geologic Hazards unit?  

Vera C. Rubin Observatory is developing a series of free-online astronomy investigations using REAL astronomical data providing a rich & interactive experiences for students
Learn more about how we search for potentially hazardous asteroids.  Explore our new Hazardous Asteroids investigation & support materials.
 NGSS designed investigation also applicable to State/Local standards.  Webinar is on 02/09/2021.


Earth Science Rocks!

Or in this case, minerals. MESTA members descended on the Hot Springs, Arkansas on Memorial Day weekend to collect quartz crystals.

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