Minnesota Minerals Education Workshop


21st Annual MMEW

June 19-21, 2018

St. Cloud Area

College of Saint Benedict

St. Joseph, MN


Registration Link 

May 14 - Early Registration Deadline - registration fees increase
Deadline for requesting refunds for registration and dorm rooms



General Information
Workshop Schedule
Short Course Offerings
Field Trips
Tuesday Night Event
Certificate of Participation
More Information
Campus Map


General Information:

The MMEW is a three-day workshop for K-12 Earth Science educators and pre-service teachers that offers short courses and field trips focused on the geology and mineral resources of Minnesota. The upcoming 21st annual MMEW will be held June 19-21, 2018 at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota.  On the first day of the workshop, participants may choose between 9 different short course topics taught by professional geologists, academics, government scientists, and K-12 educators.  Many of the courses introduce curriculum ideas for various grade levels. The second and third days of the workshop will involve field trips designed to familiarize participants with the geology and mineral resources in central Minnesota.  


Participants will receive a variety of resource materials including rock and mineral samples, lesson plan ideas, posters, maps, videos, and other useful information.   Upon completion of the workshop, attendees will be provided with a certificate of participation indicating total contact hours. 

Workshop Schedule:

Workshop schedule coming soon....


Registration cost for the workshop is $45. This fee covers all short course and field trip costs, breakfast and lunch for all three days, and a picnic dinner on Tuesday evening at Quarry Park.

Registration will be conducted online. The registration link will be available from the MMEW website beginning March 1st. Early registration ends Monday, May 14th, after which the registration cost will increase to $60. In early June, registrants will be informed of their short course schedule and will be given other information to prepare for the workshop.

Short Course Offering:

We are offering 10 short courses this year including an in-depth plenary session on Earth Science Curriculum Development and panel discussion to give you an opportunity to lend your expertise and field your questions. Course descriptions and information on instructors are available here. Participants are asked to identify their first and second course choices for each session when registering.


Field Trips:

Two days of field trips are designed to familiarize participants with the geology and mineral resources of the St. Cloud area. Field stops on Day 1 (Wed., 6/20) will focus on the Precambrian geology and quarrying operations of granite exposures. The day will include tours of Martin Marietta's crushed granite quarry in Waite Park, Cold Spring's quarry and dimension stone fabrication plant, and the Eagle Park quarry in Rockville. Day 2 (Thurs., 6/21) will focus on the glacial geology and the aggregate operations in the St. Cloud area. Second day stops will include visits to Amcon/Cemstone's Concrete Fabrication Plant, reclamation activities of Hard Drive's aggregate quarry, and gravel mining and asphalt production at Knife River's quarry operation. Transportation by coach bus and box lunches will be provided. Trips will leave from and return to the College of St. Benedict's campus.

Tuesday Night Event:

On Tuesday evening, participants are invited to travel by bus to Quarry Park for a picnic dinner and informal geoscience related talk. The meal and touring activities are free of charge.


Again this year, special donations to the workshop by the Aggregate & Ready Mix Association of Minnesota, the Iron Mining Association, and Mining Minnesota will provide lodging at the College of St. Benedict apartments at discounted rates. Other accommodations are available in the are including hotels, cabins and campgrounds.

Apartments: Accommodate 4 people. The apartments will have 2 bedrooms with two single beds in each room. All apartments have restrooms and showers within the apartment as well as a kitchen, washer and dryer, and living room. Kitchens have a refrigerator/freezer, stove and oven, however, are not stocked with utensils, dishes, etc. The following items are included in all housing accommodations: Sheets, Blanket, Pillow, Bath Towel, Washcloth, Soap, Beverage Cup and Coat Hangers. 


Participate Certificate:

At the end of the workshop, all participants will be given a certificate acknowledging their participation.  The number of contact hours will be listed as 24 for full participation in the short courses and two days of field trips. 

Information regarding graduate credits from the University of Northern Colorado can be found here. Individuals interested in graduate credits can begin the pre-registration process here. Actual registration for graduate credit course will be in April.


The reason that the registration costs for this workshop can be held so low is because of the generous contributions by minerals-related industries, professional associations, and individuals to the Minnesota Center for Minerals Resource Education, which oversees the operation of the MMEW.   Contributors to the 2017 workshop as of March, 1 2017* include:

List of Contributors (Jan 2017)

Conveyor Belt Service

Mars Supply


ArcelorMittal USA, Inc

Rendrag, Inc.

Jasper Engineering & Equipment

Larkin Hoffman

Peder Larson

Thibodeau, Johnson & Feriancek

Marine Tech

*A more complete list of contributors will be distributed at the workshop.

In addition to financial support, many governmental agencies, academic institutions, and companies allow their staffs to contribute time to the planning and production of the workshop and often cover their expenses.  These include:

Finally, we want to thank the private companies and public organizations are providing tours of their facilities for the field trips.



Since its inception in 1997, the MMEW has relied upon individual geoscientists from academia, industry and government to volunteer their time and expertise to what we all believe is an important and valuable endeavor.   Listed below is an incomplete list of volunteers who will contribute to this year’s MMEW and the roles they will play.




Amy Schwarz

Andrea Reed

MN Department of Natural Resources

MN Department of Natural Resources

Workshop Planning

Workshop Planning

Angela Berthold

Brian Allison

Minnesota Geological Survey

Delano Schools, Teacher

Field Trip Leader

Website Maintenance

Carrie Jennings

University of Minnesota


Cheryl Sill

Jim Miller

ISD 742 (St. Cloud), Teacher

University of Minnesota Duluth (retired)


Field Trip Leader, Instructor, Workshop Planning


Deirdre Erbisch

Stanton Township Public Schools (MI), Teacher


Greg Brick

MN Department of Natural Resources


Heather Arends

MN Department of Natural Resources

Field Trip Leader, Workshop Planning

Dean Moosavi


Graduate Credit Instructor, Workshop Planning

Christina Morrison

Tiller Corp.

Field Trip Leader, Workshop Planning

Jean Dunstan

Stanton Township Public Schools (MI), Teacher


Larry Schmelzer

United States Steel (retired)


Lloyd Wescoat

Michigan Technological University


Maggie Upton

University of Minnesota Duluth (graduate student)


Marc Katz

MN Department of Health


Mindy Erickson

U.S. Geological Survey


Scott Alexander

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities


Monica Ramirez

Century College


Terry Boerboom

Minnesota Geological Survey

Field Trip Leader


Andrea Reed (218-231-8460), andrea.d.reed@state.mn.us

Campus Map:

Coming soon....