12 Days - June-July 2014 (final dates to be announced) (this trip will be open for all K-12 educators. Family members are welcome)
This is an amazing GeoVenture experience to get a 12 day slice of the very best geoscience of Australia. Examine the geology of the Sydney Basin - see the remains of ancient volcanoes and tour through some of the oldest caves on Earth. See the amazing Blue Mountains. Snorkel on the gReat Barrier reef and see modern reef processes in action. Then visit the Red Center and walk through the ancient Kings Canyon and see the sun rise and set on Uluru (Ayers Rock). Through the whole experience talk about how to use these amazing places in your Earth science teaching. Examine new field tools (like EarthCaching) and how you can get students involved.
The leader of this trip was born and raised in Sydney - and lends his personal touch to the entire experience.
For more information, email Gary Lewis (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Details of this trip are being planned. To receive information as soon as it is available, we strongly suggest you complete an 'Interest Form" (see link below).
August 6-13 2014 (this trip will be open for all K-12 educators. Family members are welcome - see flyer for details)
Join an exciting and enthusiastic group of educators and their families as they learn first-hand the wonders of active volcanism on the Big Island of Hawaii!
This seven-day field trip on the Big Island of Hawaii will introduce you to plate tectonics, hot spot volcanism and the geologic features and hazards associated with living on an active volcano. We will discuss volcanic edifices, eruption styles, magma evolution and see various types of lava flows, lava lakes, tree molds and lava trees, fault scarps, rifts, craters and calderas.
We will use our observations and new-found knowledge to discuss methods on how to effectively communicate geologic concepts with our peers, students, teachers and the general public.
This trip is designed for K-12 teachers but their families are very welcome. However, it will be a strenuous educational experience and all participants will be required to attend the activities every day. It is a great way for educators to share the experience with their family members. See flyer for more details.
Price : $1399 (not including flights to and from Hilo, HI)
Price includes all land transport in Hawaii,light breakfasts and two dinners, all park entrance fees, field notes.
For more information and to get on the email news list, email Gary Lewis at email@example.com
Come explore Colorado and all it has to offer with the Geological Society of America. This trip is designed for teachers to study geology in depth, collect rocks, minerals and fossils to take back to the classroom and take away new lessons to use in the classroom. This five-day, six-night trip will take you around Central Colorado and will allow you to investigate some of the amazing geology of Colorado. Join us as we tour a working gold mine, soak in hot springs, piece together Colorado’s geologic history, visit famous fossil sites, and create an EarthCache. Please note: there will be several hikes each day; some of which are fairly strenuous.
For more information, call Davida Buehler at 303.357.1015 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR TEACHERS TO ATTEND GEOVENTURES
GSA is unable to provide financial support for teachers to attend these trips. However we suggest you try seeking funding form the following sources:
1. Your school or school district. Often funding is available - but not widely advertised. Ask, ask and ask again. Even a small amount can make a different. Make sure you go prepared i.e. know how you will be able to share your experience to enhance the teaching in your school and/or district and how you will be able to disseminate materials to other teachers. Be able to show how your attendance will greatly enhance the teaching of Earth science for all.
2. Local chapters of service clubs (Lyons, Rotary etc). Again, be ready to offer them back a talk at a meeting with slides of what you did and saw and how it will enhance your students experience in the classroom.
3. Rural teachers - Rural Trust's Global Teacher Fellowship website at www.globalteacherfellowship.ruraledu.org. Up to 25 fellowships will be awarded in 2012 to support the professional and personal development of rural teachers. The awards (up to $5,000 for individual teachers and $10,000 for a team of two or more teachers) support teachers' participation in self-designed summer learning experiences and a two-day place-based learning institute in the fall.
Teachers are encouraged to center their learning in an international travel and study experience , out of which they develop interdisciplinary, place-based learning curricula aligned with their specific state and local content standards.
Eligibility: Any K–12 teacher working full-time and teaching at least 60% time in a rural community can apply for the fellowship.
Come join us in experiencing some of the most spectacular geoscience on the planet.
OTHER TRIPS (NON GSA)
Earth System Science and Engineering for Teachers - In the Field
Michigan Technological University will be offering a field-based earth system science and engineering course for teachers during the summer of 2013. The course is taught in western Colorado and eastern Utah. The locations for course exercises are in some of the most spectacular areas in the southwestern US, including Arches, Canyonlands, and Capitol Reef National Parks and Natural Bridges and Dinosaur National Monuments. Course content is delivered using a problem-based learning approach that is designed to explore the ways in which scientists and engineers use data they collect along with the results of prior studies to solve problems. Participants work in small groups to develop and test hypotheses. Participants do not need any prior experience with earth science or engineering but do need to have a sense of adventure. Participants camp out each night of the course, preparing group meals and enjoying camaraderie.
Participants should plan to arrive in Denver, CO on June 15 and depart on July 2. Instruction begins and ends on June 16 and July 1 respectively. All transportation, park entrance fees, camping fees, and food for group meals are covered by a $900 registration fee. Course costs are reduced through the support of the Michigan Space Grant Consortium.
Participants earn 4 graduate credits for the course. For more information about the course, contact Dr. Chris Wojick (email@example.com). Applications received by March 1, 2013 will be given priority consideration. The application form can be downloaded at http://www.mtu.edu/cls/education/pdfs/geology-utah-2013.pdf .