GeoFest 2019 - Treasuring the Great Lakes!

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The New York Geographic Alliance is pleased to announce that we will be bringing back to GeoFest to Monroe Community College on Saturday October 19, 2019! Our theme this year is "Treasuring the Great Lakes." 


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This is a six-hour conference will feature an opening ceremony, with a continental breakfast at 9:00 AM. This will followed by workshops on a variety of topics related to geography/ social studies or science disciplines. This is a free event!  (If you decide to stay for lunch, we are asking for a $5 donation to cover food costs). Registration for GeoFest 2019 will be available online in September. All teachers, college professors and students, and informal educators are welcome to attend. We especially encourage participation from pre-service teachers. We are very excited about the variety of workshop choices; there is something for everyone. 

The New York Geographic Alliance is also pleased to announce that Jim Kennard, author of Shipwrecks of Lake Ontario, will be our keynote speaker at lunchtime. Mr. Kennard (photo below) has located and studied many wrecks on Lake Ontario. They have many interesting stories relating to the history and geography of our region. He will have books for sale, and he will be glad to autograph one for you!


Some workshops have been confirmed already. They include a class demonstrating how geography can be used with ELA in the elementary grades. It will feature the children's novel, The Birchbark House; a demonstration of National Geographic's Geo-Inquiry Process; Painting with Soil (as was demonstrated at the New York State Fair; Importance of the Great Lakes in the Colonial Wars, Good Geography for the Elementary Classroom, Teaching History with Wood Prints.  When we know more, we will share the information with you. 


Photos Above: Soil Painted Sign of New York, Making Story Maps with ArcGIS Online, Children's Geo-Literature, Old Fort Niagara (where the river meets Lake Ontario, The Birchbark House Geoographic Lesson, New York City’s Second Avenue Subway Line: A Geographical Perspective, Lesson on Crumpled Topography, Japanese Wood Prints, National Geographic Geo-Inquiry Process, Teaching with GeoHistoGrams, Mapping Our World. 

If you have any questions, please contact Timothy McDonnell, Coordinator of the New York Geographic Alliance. 

If you have a paper version of the registration, send it by ground mail to: 

Timothy McDonnell
Adjunct Associate Professor of Geosciences
Department of Chemistry/Geosciences
Monroe Community College
1000 E. Henrietta Road
Rochester, NY 14623

1000 E. Henrietta Road Rochester NY 14623
Event Date: 
Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 5:00am