Minnesota Minerals Education Workshop


22nd Annual MMEW

June 18-20, 2019

Itasca Community College

Grand Rapids, MN


Registration Link

March 1st - Registration Opens
May 13th - 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
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 22nd annual MMEW will be held June 18-20, 2019 at Itasca Community College in Grand Rapids, MN.  On the first day of the workshop, participants may choose among 12 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 provide direct experiences 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. 

Graduate Credits:

This year, in collaboration with the University of Northern Colorado, attendees have the option to earn 2 graduate credits.  Information and the course syllabus regarding graduate credits can be found here.  To register for the course, follow this link.

Workshop Schedule:

To be announced 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.

Registration will be conducted online.  The registration link will be available from the MMEW website beginning March 1st.  Early registration ends Monday, May 13th, 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 Offerings:

Teachers can view short course descriptions in a pdf file here.

Field Trips:

Two days of field trips are designed to familiarize participants with the geology and mineral resources of the Grand Rapids area.  Field stops on Day 1 (Wed., 6/19) will focus on the geomorphology of bogs and their development, with field stops to observe peat harvesting, operations, restoration, and more!  Day 2 (Thurs., 6/20) will cover Precambrian geology along the Mesabi Range with a focus on Minnesota's taconite industry.  Transportation by coach bus and box lunches will be provided.  Trips will will from and return to the Itasca Community College campus.

Tuesday Night Special Event:

Enjoy dinner at Itasca Community College and a talk by Ron Hein, a representative of the Erie Mining History Project and retiree of LTV Mining, the former Erie Mining Co. Mr. Heim will provide a historical perspective of the Erie Mine, which laid the groundwork for commercial production of taconite and impacted the entire American iron ore and steel industry. Following dinner will be an evening excursion to the reclaimed Lind Greenway Tailings Basin to learn about historic and current uses of the basin and enjoy a leisurely stroll on the walking trails.


The MMEW lodging option at the Super 8 Grand Rapids is now closed. However, you can contact Sara Welna (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for questions or to inquire on other lodging options in the area.


Participation Certificate:

At the end of the workshop, all participants will be given a certificate acknowledging their participation for full participation in the short courses and two days of field trips. 


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 2019 workshop as of March, 1 2019* include:


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

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

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:




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:


*Full list will be distributed at the workshop:



Sara Welna (612.723.8302), This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Campus Map:

Information coming soon...