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As a valued member of NAGT, you will enjoy the following benefits:


Top-Tier Professional Development at Discounted Rates

Events and workshops sponsored by NAGT occur around the country. All of our members receive discounted registration to attend these events. This includes NAGT's celebrated Earth Educators' Rendezvous conference, which brings together researchers and practitioners working in every aspect of undergraduate Earth education, including a mix of college faculty, graduate students, and K-12 teachers from all disciplines who are interested in improving their teaching about the Earth. Member discounts are also available for NAGT's Traveling Workshops Program (TWP), which brings national leaders in environmental, sustainability, and geoscience education to your campus to strengthen your courses and programs.

Immediate Access to Peer-Reviewed Geoscience Education Research

The Journal of Geoscience Education (JGE) is the premier peer-reviewed publication for geoscience education research at the undergraduate and pre-college levels. With NAGT membership, you gain immediate online access to the only international forum for published research concerning the pedagogy, assessment, and philosophy of teaching and learning about the geosciences. NAGT members alone are able to browse an archive of JGE ranging from 1951 to the most recent edition. Print subscriptions to the journal are available for an additional fee.


Resource and Idea Sharing Through a Member-Exclusive Publication

In the Trenches (ITT) is a full color, quarterly print and digital publication specifically for NAGT members. A forum for geoscience education dialogue, ITT provides a distribution platform for contributors to inform NAGT members about teaching ideas, exciting new resources, and special topics relevant to science education that do not lend themselves to more research-focused journals. To supplement the print publication, each issue of ITT has a webpage where links and additional information relating to the theme of the issue is posted. With ITT, NAGT members are provided with a more conversational outlet for ideas and experiences that inform the larger community.

Supportive Communities & Networks

NAGT communities offer support and advocacy among members who do similar work or who are based in the same geographic area. Recent NAGT advocacy activities include addressing the increase in the number of states proposing legislation to weaken the teaching of climate change and supporting educator involvement in initiatives such as the March for Science, for which NAGT was an official endorser.

Community by Shared Geographic Area:

The Sections are the presence of NAGT in local geographic areas, however the Sections offer far more than just a way to organize NAGT members. The numerous opportunities, collaborations, and events happening at the local level in NAGT reach deep into the grassroots of geoscience education in North America, with some Sections running extensive field conferences and others hosting regional meetings where educators gather to share ideas and materials. All Sections have an awards program for educators and students.

  • NAGT Sections, from New England to the Southwest and every region between, offer local-specific newsletters, email lists, networking and field trip opportunities

Community by Shared Interest Area:

In addition to Sections, where NAGT members with a shared geography, NAGT members can also take part in Divisions, consisting of NAGT members with a shared professional interest. This idea developed in response to a call to help isolated geoscience faculty at two-year colleges connect with peers at institutions beyond their local area, and the Divisions expanded from there. Current Divisions include:


A Monthly Newsletter Designed to Support Members

The NAGTNews is distributed by email once a month to all members. These emails highlight news items, deadlines, opportunities, and events of an imminent nature as a complement to the longer-form In the Trenches magazine issues. Members can also access the resource-rich, continually-growing archive of NAGTNews for reference purposes.

Eligibility for Award Nominations

NAGT supports both educators and students through a variety of awards including the Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Awards, the Neil Miner Award, the James Shea Award, scholarships for field study, the Dorothy LaLonde Stout Professional Development Award, and more. These awards provide the NAGT community with the opportunity to recognize colleagues and students in a tangible way that communicates respect for their outstanding efforts and lets them know the work they've put into teaching substantially contributes to the association's mission. The awards also create an opportunity for networking and building stronger relationships within the geoscience community.

Membership at Discounted Rates

In addition to all members receiving discounted registration at events, students, K-12 teachers, and adjunct/part-time/retired faculty receive discounted membership to NAGT.