GEOFEST Minnesota

This workshop is considered the premier professional development event in Minnesota for K-12 Geography educators. We hope you will consider joining us!

PROGRAM (with Abstracts)


SCHEDULE – MATRIX (with links to presentation handouts)

This program features a streamlined set of breakout sessions:

    • Implementing the New Minnesota State Geography Standards
    • Elementary Geography
    • Middle School Geography
    • High School Geography
    • Pre-Service Teachers
    • AP Human Geography
    • Geotechnology: GIS, GPS, Google Earth, iPads, Apps and more!

FEATURE: Jeni Henrickson, Ph.D., Keynote Speaker
Journeying Off the Beaten Path: On way-finding, risk-taking, and change-making
We are sometimes offered opportunities – as individuals, colleagues, parents, educators – to undertake risk-filled journeys that lead to unknown or unfamiliar destinations. Join Dr. Jeni Henrickson, Creative Director at the LT Media Lab at the University of Minnesota, as she shares tales of adventure from points far off the beaten path, and how geography and the great outdoors offer kids (and adults too) a fantastic springboard into lifelong learning.

GEOFEST is sponsored by the Minnesota Alliance for Geographic Education (MAGE).


Conference Details

GEOFEST online registration is now CLOSED.  Only same day registration is available for a fee of $75.00; checks only (payable to Minnesota Alliance for Geographic Education).

Date: Saturday, October 14, 2017

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. (check-in);
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (sessions)

Location: Washington Technology Magnet
1495 Rice Street, St. Paul, MN 55117


Check-in: Main Entrance (Lobby), 8:30 a.m. (sessions begin at 9:00 a.m.)

Registration Fees

K-12 Teachers, College Faculty & Administrators
$50.00 (through Oct. 6); $75.00 (after Oct. 6)

Pre-Service Teachers, College Students & Retired Teachers
$25.00 (through Oct. 6); $75.00 (after Oct. 6)

2017 GeoTechnologies Summer Institute Participants (Intro & Advanced)

FEE WAIVED (through Oct. 6); $75.00 (after Oct. 6)

2017 GEOFEST Presenters (pre-approved)

The registration fee includes a full day’s attendance, 6 CEUs, and lunch.

Note: Registration fees are NON-REFUNDABLE.

Conference Organizers

Michele Melius, GEOFEST Coordinator

Michelle Leba, GEOFEST Site Host

Eric Gunderson, IT Coordinator

David A. Lanegran, MAGE Coordinator

Laura Kigin, MAGE Program Assistant