Building stones and boulders used for decorative landscaping are always a welcomed site to the eyes of a geologist, especially when it is different than the predominant rock type of the region.  In an area dominated by schist, these cross-bedded sandstones are a nice teaching tool to show students another rock type.  However, it is also important to share with students that these non-local rocks came from a sandstone quarry owned by Russell Stone Products in central Pennsylvania, and were brought down to southeastern Pennsylvania.

Russell Stone from Grampian, PA, to Media, PA

December 2014 podcast from the PAESTA President

PAESTA President Laura Guertin

PAESTA President, Laura Guertin brings us her next installment in her PAESTA President's Podcasting Series.   Be sure to listen to hear Laura's excitement about the PAESTA Award for Teaching Excellence and the 30th PAESTAR!

Elementary News and Notes from PAESTA - November 2014

The November 2014 Elementary News and Notes from PAESTA has been sent out. You can view it online via this link.

2015 Captain Planet Foundation Grant

Captain Planet Foundation

Grant deadline: January 31, 2015

The Captain Planet Foundation issued a call for applications for their small grant program to fund hands-on environmental projects that encourage youth around the world to work individually and collectively to solve environmental problems in their communities. 501(c)(3)nonprofit organizations, including schools, are encouraged to apply by January 31, 2015 with applications that are project-based, youth-driven, and have real environmental outcomes. 

November 2014 Earth Science Week Update eNewsletter

Earth Science Week logo

The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) publishes a monthly eNewsletter titled The Earth Science Week Update.  The Table of Contents is listed below for the Vol. 12, No. 11, November 2014 issue.


AGI Accepting Applications for 2015 Award for Excellence in Earth Science Teaching

AGI logo

Deadline: January 10, 2015

The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is accepting applications for the Edward C. Roy Award for Excellence in Earth Science Teaching. Given annually, this award is presented to one full-time K-8 teacher in the U.S. or U.K. whose excellence and innovation in the classroom elevates students' understanding of the Earth and its many processes.

Keystone Wild! Notes Newsletter, Fall 2014

Keystone Wild! Notes Newsletter

From PA's DCRN Wild Resource Conservation Program  --  The Fall 2014 issue of Keystone Wild!Notes is now available. This month's issue defines what an "endemic" is and determines if Pennsylvania has any; meets new editor and DCNR Bureau of Forestry Ecological Services Section Chief Rebecca Bowen; zooms in on isotopes; examines Pennsylvania's carnvorous plants; sizees up recent red spruce restoration efforts; and much more.

Glen Providence Park, the oldest park in Delaware County, PA, engages in streamside buffer plantings on Earth Day every year. These native trees, shrubs, ferns, and perennials, along with limestone blocks brought in from outside the area, help to stabilize the stream bank and control serious erosion. This project also creates a riparian buffer, improving wildlife habitat and water quality.

Glen Providence Park, Dealware County, PA

NASA ASME Future Engineers 3D Printing in Space Challenge


In the upcoming weeks NASA will be printing the first ever 3D printed object aboard the International Space Station (ISS) as part of the 3D Print in Zero-G Technology Demonstration. In general, a 3D printer extrudes streams of heated plastic, metal or other material, building layer on layer to create 3 dimensional objects.

News and Notes from PAESTA - November 2014

The November 2014 News and Notes from PAESTA has been sent out. You can view it online via this link.