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!

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!

KEYNOTE: “It’s ALIVE! ALIVE, I tell you!”
SPEAKER: Charlie Fitzpatrick, K12 Education Manager at ESRI
Online maps are opening up business, government, and nonprofits around the world. Mapping and analyzing data with GIS (geographic information system) technology is doable on computer, tablet, and smartphone, and crucial for an organization’s work. See how the world is embracing geography, and how students can prepare (even from earliest ages) for college, career, and civic life with live maps.

GEOFEST is sponsored by the Minnesota Alliance for Geographic Education (MAGE) and the Associate Colleges of the Twin Cities (ACTC)




Conference Details


Date: Saturday, October 10, 2015

Time: 8:15 am – 8:50 (check-in);
9:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. (sessions)

Location: Macalester College
Campus Map/Driving Directions
Parking is available in any of the campus lots or the surrounding neighborhood streets.

Check-in: Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center (lower level), 8:30 a.m. Sessions begin at 9:00 a.m.

Teachers or Administrators
$50.00 (through Oct. 1); $75.00 (after Oct. 1)

ACTC Students or Faculty
Free** (through Oct. 1); $75.00 (after Oct. 1)

Pre-service Teachers/Non-ACTC College Students or Faculty
$25.00 (through Oct. 1); $75.00 (after Oct. 1)

2015 GeoTechnologies Summer Institute (Intro/Advanced) Participants
Free** (through Oct. 1); $75.00 (after Oct. 1)

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

NOTE: Registration fees are NON-REFUNDABLE.

**Pre-registration prior to October 2nd is required. Fee is waived for ACTC students and faculty due to a grant from the Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities.

** The fee is waived for ACTC Students & Faculty who pre-register prior to October 2nd due to a grant from Macalester College. The fee is waived for GeoTechnologies participants due to a grant from the Minnesota Department of Higher Education.

Conference Organizers

Michele Melius, GEOFEST Coordinator

David A. Lanegran, MAGE Coordinator

Laura Kigin, MAGE Program Assistant

Ashley Nepp, IT Coordinator