About NAGT

The National Association of Geoscience Teachers works to raise the quality of and emphasis on teaching the geosciences at all levels. We count among our members K-12 teachers and college and university faculty as well as educators working with the general public through outlets such as museums and science centers. NAGT's purpose is to foster improvement in the teaching of the Earth sciences at all levels of formal and informal instruction, to emphasize the cultural significance of the Earth sciences, and to disseminate knowledge in this field to the general public.

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NAGT is, for the most part, a volunteer organization. It is run by the Executive Committee that includes both elected and appointed officers. The Executive Committee is advised by the NAGT Council, which includes representatives from each of the ten geographic Sections, three active special interest Divisions, committee Chairs, and representatives from other geoscience organizations.

The Office of the Executive Director is located at Carleton College. Complete contact information for the Executive office, including contacts for publications and membership inquiries can be found on the Contact Us page.


Since NAGT was founded in 1938 and established a constitution, the Association has been working towards three main goals: to improve geoscience education, to emphasize the relevance and cultural significance of the earth sciences, and to disseminate knowledge to educators and the general public. Learn more about the history of NAGT

In support of its mission, NAGT organizes the technical program in geoscience education at every Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, and in this context also sponsors numerous technical sessions, workshops, and field trips. NAGT also publishes the Journal of Geoscience Education, which has become a definitive source for high quality research about teaching and learning in the geosciences, and In the Trenches, the quarterly members' magazine. In addition, the organization fosters advances in education by means of scholarships for students attending field camp, and its professional development opportunities for geoscience faculty, including workshops, field experiences and more..

Get Involved

The easiest and best way to get involved is to become a member! You can also make a tax-deductible donation to NAGT, or join one of the open email lists:


Looking for NAGT's graphic standards or a copy of the bylaws? Find everything you need right here.

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