NESTA Field Trips

Most years at the spring NSTA National Conference on Science Education, NESTA hosts an earth science related field trip that explores local geology and/or local places of interest related to the earth sciences. This all day field trip usually takes place the day before the NSTA conference begins. For details on the next field trip including itinerary and costs, check information about our current field trips closer to the date of the conference or contact a NESTA Executive Board Member.

This year at NSTA Chicago, NESTA will not operate our own field trip, but we do recommend that NESTA members may wish to register for one of the conference field trips, specifically:

T-2: A Guided Tour of the History and Features of Burnham Park, Chicago

Thursday, March 12 1:00 PM - 5:15 PM

Ticketed Event: $8 advance; $14 on-site
Purchase tickets when you register online or on the Chicago Advance Registration Form.

A short distance from McCormick Place, Burnham Park is located on the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline. Join the Illinois State Geological Survey and the Chicago Park District as we explore the park and the natural beach processes of Lake Michigan. As the weather in March may be cool, participants will be bused through the park and features of the park will be explored on foot as weather permits. While visiting the Northerly Island Visitor Center, participants will see how the Chicago Park District inspires families to get outdoors and appreciate nature. Learn about fossils and mineral resources of Illinois as well as listen as historians and archaeologist describe historic park events, such as the 1933 World’s Fair. This educational trip is funded, in part, by an Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Coastal Management Grant with funds from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Note: Remember to dress for the weather.

Please meet the trip leader at Gate 41 of McCormick Place (level 1, West Bldg.), 2301 S. Indiana Ave., on the corner of Indiana and Cermak (E. 22nd St.) 15 minutes before departure time.


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