Help Support NESTA's Professional Development programs at the NSTA Conference in San Antonio!

The National Earth Science Teachers Association welcomes support for our events at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) conference in San Antonio from individuals, programs, organizations, and companies committed to improving K-12 science education and public literacy in the Earth and space sciences. NESTA offers a full suite of events for K-12 science educators at the NSTA national conference each year, reaching over 1200 Earth and space science teachers. With support from interested partner organizations and individuals, we can get closer to covering our costs for this effective professional development strategy while providing an opportunity for programs, organizations, and companies to receive prominent recognition for their sponsorship.

This year's conference will be held in San Antonio, Texas April 10-13, 2013. The information below describes the elements of our program, and opportunities for sponsorship. Please select the sponsorship option of your choice from the list below – providing either general support for all of our events at the level of your choice or sponsorship for specific events. Once you make your selection, scroll to the bottom of the page and click "Submit your choices". This will move you to a page where you can enter your contact and credit card information. Our system will provide you a receipt which you can use for record keeping purposes. Please note that since NESTA is a federally-recognized 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization, your contributions to NESTA in support of our program may be tax deductible.

We will be happy to provide prominent recognition of your support on signage at the conference. We will be back in touch with sponsors to get a high-resolution copy of their logo to include in our promotional materials and signage. Sponsors who sign up to support our events prior to January 5, 2013 (and get their high-resolution logo back to us by this date) will be in time to have their support recognized in our print advertising in the NSTA program, NSTA Reports, and in the Spring 2013 issue of NESTA’s quarterly journal, The Earth Scientist. Please note, also, that sponsorship options for the NESTA Field Trip are available through January 5 only (thereafter, we will need to set the price of tickets for teachers, depending on the level of support received from sponsors).

NESTA San Antonio NSTA Conference Program Sponsors

Provide general support for all of NESTA's programs at the NSTA in San Antonio through these valuable sponsorship opportunities!
  • Diamond Sponsor - $4,000 and up
  • Platinum Sponsor - $2,000 to $3,999
  • Gold Sponsor - $1000 to $1,999
  • Silver Sponsor - $500 to $999
  • Rare-Earth Sponsor - $200 to $499
Yes, I would like to provide general support for NESTA's programs at the San Antonio NSTA in the amount of $

NESTA Event Sponsorship at the San Antonio NSTA Conference

NESTA Field Trip – Wednesday, March 28. This full-day NESTA Field Trip will take Earth and space science teachers to geologically interesting venues within a few hours of San Antonio by bus. Sponsorship will help reduce the cost of the Field Trip to participants ( depending on the level of support), allowing more teachers to be able to afford to attend.  

Costs - Typical costs are ~$1500 for 30 participants, including bus rental fee, Field Guide printing cost, lunch, and water. 

This sponsorship opportunity is available only through January 5 - In order to finalize the ticket price for participants, the opportunity to sponsor this event closes on January 5. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of this event, please respond right away!

Sponsorship Opportunity:
NESTA Field Trip Supporting Sponsorship - 3 available at $500 each

NESTA Share-a-Thons – NESTA offers four "Share-a-Thons" during the NSTA conference in which teachers, education programs, and organizations share information and resources about their programs and classroom activities.  Each of our Share-a-Thons at the national NSTA typically hosts ~30 presenters, and is attended by ~80 to 250 teachers.  Many teachers say that our Share-a-Thons are their favorite events at the NSTA conference!  This year, we are offering Share-a-Thons on the following topics:

Friday, April 12

  • 9:30 – 10:30 am – NESTA Geology Share-a-Thon
  • 11 am – noon – NESTA Oceans and Atmospheres Share-a-thon
  • 12:30 – 1:30 pm – NESTA Earth System Science Share-a-thon

Saturday, April 13

  • 11 am - noon – NESTA Space Science Share-a-thon

Costs - Prorated costs for signage, shipping, and supplies are ~$200 per Share-a-Thon

Sponsorship Opportunities: Sponsor one of NESTA's four Share-a-Thons ($200 each), or provide partial support at the level of your choice through a Share-a-Thon Supporting Sponsorship!

Geology Share-a-Thon Sponsor

Oceans and Atmospheres Share-a-Thon Sponsor

Earth System Science Share-a-Thon Sponsor

Space Science Share-a-Thon Sponsor

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NESTA Share-a-Thon Supporting Sponsorships – show your support for our Share-a-Thons at the level you choose!
Enter amount: $

NESTA Rock and Mineral Raffle – NESTA offers a very popular Rock and Mineral Raffle which provides an opportunity for attendees to win quality rock, mineral, and fossil specimens as well as donated educational kits, books, and posters at very low cost (tickets are 5 for $1 for typical specimens or $1 each for a limited number of particularly high quality specimens).  Almost everything is donated by rock hounds and earth science educators across the country, or by organizations and companies offering quality educational resources relevant to the geosciences. 

Costs - Prorated costs for signage and shipping, as well as audio visual for this event are $600.

Sponsorship Opportunity:
NESTA Rock and Mineral Raffle Sponsorship - one available at $600


NESTA Rock and Mineral Raffle Supporting Sponsorship - two available at $300 each

NESTA VIP Breakfast – NESTA offers an invitation-only breakfast for individuals who have provided exceptional volunteer service to NESTA over the past year through their support, donations, or service at our events across the country.  Participants are given certificates in recognition of their service, as well as a limited number of annual NESTA awards.

Costs - Typical cost is ~$1500 for 30 attendees at ~$50/person, including a sit-down breakfast and audio visual. 

Sponsorship Opportunity:

NESTA VIP Breakfast Supporting Sponsorship - three available at $500 each

NESTA Friends of Earth and Space Science Reception – NESTA offers an evening reception on Friday night at the NSTA conference for the Earth and space science education community.  This popular event offers a great opportunity for educators, education program specialists, and scientists to network, catch up with old friends and make new ones.  With 100-150 attendees, this is one of our most costly events. 

Costs - Typical costs are $6000, including one drink per person and two rounds of light hors d'oeuvres during the evening from 6:30 to 8 pm, and limited AV.

Sponsorship Opportunity:
Friends of Earth and Space Science Reception Sponsorship - six available at $1000 each


Friends of Earth and Space Science Reception Supporting Sponsorship - twelve available at $500 each

NESTA Workshops – NESTA offers several additional workshops at the NSTA national conference on a variety of topics.  This year, NESTA is offering workshops on the following topics:

  • Climate Change Classroom Toolkit
  • Activities Across the Earth System
  • Let's Get Well Grounded!
  • Our Changing Planet
  • Exploring Planetary Science and Astronomy: What Would Galileo Do?
  • Costs - Typical costs are $200 per workshop, including materials, shipping, and prorated signage

    Sponsorship Opportunity:
    Five NESTA Workshop Sponsorships at $200 each for

    Let's Get Well Grounded!

    Climate Change Classroom Toolkit Workshop

    Activities Across the Earth System Workshop

    Exploring Planetary Science and Astronomy: What Would Galileo Do?

    Our Changing Planet Workshop

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    Windows to the Universe, a project of the National Earth Science Teachers Association, is sponsored in part is sponsored in part through grants from federal agencies (NASA and NOAA), and partnerships with affiliated organizations, including the American Geophysical Union, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Earth System Information Partnership, the American Meteorological Society, the National Center for Science Education, and TERC. The American Geophysical Union and the American Geosciences Institute are Windows to the Universe Founding Partners. NESTA welcomes new Institutional Affiliates in support of our ongoing programs, as well as collaborations on new projects. Contact NESTA for more information. NASA ESIP NCSE HHMI AGU AGI AMS NOAA