Education and Outreach

Minerals Education

The Nevada Division of Minerals and the Nevada Mining Association have been involved in all aspects of mineral education programs for Nevada schools. These education programs have been very successful and well received by Nevada teachers.

    Earth Science Workshops

    Since August 1984, the Nevada Division of Minerals and the Nevada Mining Association have co-sponsored annual Earth Science Education Workshops for teachers from all over Nevada.

    A summer "State-wide" workshop is held in Reno and a spring workshop is held in Las Vegas, specifically designed for teachers in Southern Nevada.

    Teachers enrolled in the Earth Science Education Workshops can receive Nevada Department of Education recertification for the northern workshop and Professional Development (PDE) credit for the southern workshop.

    Teachers attending the workshops have an opportunity to participate in "hands-on" classroom activities which can be incorporated into existing curriculum. Attendees also get the opportunity to visit geologic sites of interest or operating mines and examine mining and processing procedures. All attendees gain an appreciation for the mineral industry and the importance of minerals to society.

    To date over 6,000 teachers and administrators have participated. The mineral education workshops are nationally recognized, and NDOM/NMA staff have trained teachers and industry representatives from other states (including California, Wyoming, Minnesota, New Mexico, Indiana, and Montana) to develop similar programs. We are currently working with Florida to help develop a program for their teachers. We welcome representatives from other states who would be interested in observing and possibly emulating our program.