NYESTA's 3rd Summer Field Conference 2016


The New York State Earth Science Teachers Association (NYESTA) is partnering with SUNY Oneonta for its 3rd Summer Field Conference (http://nyesta.org/Site/Conference.html) on Jul 20 - 22. NYESTA will also present its "Distinguished Service Award" to Jeffrey Callister and its "Distinguished Teacher Award" to Rebecca Remis, both long-time NYESTA and NESTA members.

The conference opens with a welcoming reception Wednesday evening. Thursday's field trip will explore some of the key locations studied by James Hall and other pioneering 19th Century geologists: "Snapshots from Deep Time: Geologic History of East Central New York – Precambrian to Upper Devonian”. A visit to the world-famous karst topography at Howe Caverns and a series of workshops by NYESTA members on Friday precede the Awards Banquet.

NYESTA designs these summer workshops to be family-friendly, choosing locations that provide suitable housing and nearby attractions for children and others who may not want to participate in the field trips. Previous trips have been held at Watkins Glen in the Finger Lakes District and on Long Island.

These programs provide a model for "traveling meetings" held in different locations around the State. This affords teachers opportunities to attend a conference close to them and to also see the geological diversity of The Empire State.