Summer 2017 Workshops

The NDGA is pleased to announce our summer 2018 teacher workshop opportunities.

JUNE 5, 6, 7 - 2018 Summer Institute. “Geographic Inquiry in Historic Medora”

Our annual summer geography education workshop. The 2018 class will focus on Geo-Inquiry. This 3-day 2 credit class will take place in Medora. This class will focus on the unique heritage of the North Dakota Badlands and the people who live there, with an emphasis on field trips and outdoor activities. It will also include hands-on instruction in data collection methods, including a session on how to get started collecting and integrating Geo-Inquiry into classroom lessons. Another area covered will be the new and easy-to-use GIS tools available to enhance learning in social science courses. Priority for this class will be given to teams of 2 or 3 middle school teachers from the same schools.  However, the class is open to all curriculum areas and grade levels. (Lodging and some meals will be covered by NDGA.) Tuition fee for 2 credits is $100, no class fee.

June 12-13 - 2018 Ag in the Classroom Farm Tour.  “When West Meets East.”

The 2018 farm tour is going to the eastern part of the state.  Join us as we visit the Red River Valley area to learn about how farming in eastern North Dakota is different from that in the west.  This tour will depart from Minot.  We will visit agriculture related businesses from Devils Lake to Grand Forks. The tour will visit beet and potatoes fields and processing plants.  We will visit the North Dakota State Mill and Elevator to learn about the nation’s only state-owned flour plant.  We will spend one night in Grand Forks.  This class will feature both one and two credit options.  Participants will be allowed to join us in Devils Lake if that is more convenient.  (Lodging and some meals will be covered by NDGA.) Tuition fee for one credit is $50, two credits $100, and $50 class fee.

June 20-22 - 2018 North Dakota Teachers Resource Coalition. “World War 1 and North Dakota.”

For more information or to register, contact: Erik Holland at 701-328-2792,

July 31-Aug 2 - 2018 GeoFIT “The Environment: Our Essential Resource.”

The 2018 GeoFIT classroom on wheels will focus on the Missouri River as it winds through north central North Dakota. We will look at the historic, energy, environmental, and economic impact this river has had on our state. This 3 day-two credit class will start at Stanton at the Coal Country Inn. Expert presenters from the Garrison Dam, National Fish Hatchery, Audubon Wildlife Refuge and LEED Center, Knife River Indian Villages, Lewis and Clark Center, Fort Mandan, Cross Ranch State Park, Great River Energy Plant, and State Historical Society of ND will also provide resources. (Two nights of lodging and two noon and two evening meals will be covered by NDGA.) Tuition for 2 credits is $100, and $100 class fee.

Reserve a Nat Geo Giant North Dakota Traveling Map

The NDGA has a Giant Map of North Dakota available for use in your classroom. This map is 20 by 25. It is best used with 3-4th grade geograhy classes. If you are interested check out the Facebook page North Dakota Giant Map. or call Jeffrey Beck at 701-240-9231

Register for Nat Geo Giant Traveling Map

Teaching Geography is Fundamental in North Dakota

Geography knowledge and geospatial skills are vital for North Dakota's K-12 students. Emergency response and recovery from flooding, rising energy costs, and the management of natural resources are just a few of the issues facing the state that require high school graduates to have a solid foundation in geography. In addition, the defense and security industries in North Dakota are currently looking for employees with geospatial technology skills.

The NDGA Board of Directors represents a broad interest in geography education in North Dakota. Along with educators and administrators,members include representatives from the Sheyenne River Valley National Scenic Byway, Valley City State University's Prairie Waters Education & Research Center, Corporate Adventures, Flood Protection Task Force, as well as a well known Author, Graduate Director of the Department of Geography at University of North Dakota, Assistant Professor of GIS and GIS Program Coordinator at Bismarck State College and Geography Professor at Minot State University.

The NDGA & Public Engagement

Supporting geo-literacy for all North Dakotans

  • The Giant Map of North America was hosted at Minot State University
    for college students, pre-service teachers, professors and the local
    community. The map also traveled to Minot and area schools that involved approximately 80 educators.

  • NDGA had a booth at the State Library for Summer Reading Kick-off.

  • NDGA honored a Friend of Geography and Geography Teacher of the
    Year. The awards are given for outstanding participation and support
    of geography education.

  • The Alliance disseminated materials, information about upcoming
    events, and news and current trends in geography education via a listserv
    and the Alliance's Facebook page to more than 350 educators and
    other individuals interested in geography education.

The NDGA & Teacher Professional Development

Building skills for the modern geography classroom

  • NDGA co-hosts the Teacher Resource Coalition Workshops to train K-12 educators in various science, math, geography, art and technology teaching methods. We join five state agencies for this annual event.

  • NDGA hosts an Alliance Summer Geography Institute that provides teachers with classroom resources and field experiences in 'doing' geography. They attend lectures given by state and local experts on regional and statewide issues as well as present and future plans related to urban growth, energy, the environment and water resources. Institutes regionally rotate and have been held in Bismarck, Fargo, Langdon, and Williston.

  • The Ag Tour is an annual Minot-based event that tours the Souris River Basin to observe production, processing and marketing in the agricultural industry. By integrating physical geography concepts with human needs, the scope and impact of geography is made more apparent. Teachers are given an experience they can transfer to the classroom setting in a variety of ways.

  • NDGA hosts a four-day adventure entitled GeoFIT (Forestry Institute for Teachers). The "classroom on wheels" takes teachers on an intensive and interactive learning experience that rotates in the four regions of ND.

The NDGA & Public Policy

Transforming state education

  • An alliance member serves on the Advisory Board of the ND Teacher Center Network, which provides an educational link between educators, schools, universities, and others.

  • A state representative attended a NDGA Strategic Planning meeting.

  • NDGA consults with the ND Department of Public Instruction regarding geography education at all levels.

  • NDGA spoke to the ND Department of Public Instruction State
    Superintendent of Schools and the Standards and Achievement Director
    to express a desire to include geography