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 support a diverse, inclusive, and thriving community of educators and education researchers to improve teaching and learning about the Earth.


Since NAGT was founded in 1938 and established a constitution, the Association has been working towards four main goals: to foster improvements in the teaching and learning about Earth as a system at all levels of formal and informal instruction, to emphasize the societal relevance of geoscience and its cultural significance for all people, to foster and disseminate research in geoscience education, and to promote the professional growth of our members. 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. Other programs and opportunites include:


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.

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:

  • NAGT discussions - open to all, this email list provides a forum for community members to discuss issues and ideas related to geoscience education.
  • Advocacy - this list alerts members to needs for immediate input on policy issues, and provides news and updates on opportunities to participate in national events.
  • Science Literacy - this list provides updates on activity related to development of national science standards, frameworks and literacies.


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

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