EdGEO, initiated in the early 1970s, supports local workshops on earth science for Canadian teachers. It is coordinated by the Canadian Geoscience Education Network of the Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences (CFES).
EdGEO workshops provide teachers with
classroom resources and
Workshops are organized by local geoscientists and teachers. Grants of up
to $3000 per workshop are available from the National EdGEO
Statement of Purpose:
By providing educational opportunities for today's teachers and, through
them, their students, EdGEO seeks to cultivate a heightened awareness and
appreciation of our planet. The expected result is an improved capacity on
the part of Canadians to understand the Earth and to make wise decisions,
especially with regard to the use of its mineral and energy resources, the
maintenance and remediation of the environment, and response to geological
Here is what teachers are saying about EdGEO
"Handouts, visuals and discussions have equipped me with the
knowledge needed to engage students in the exploration of rocks
"The single best in-service I have ever attended",
"Best bang for the buck around", "Wow! Can't wait to
play with my resource materials and use them in the classroom"
—Halifax, Nova Scotia
"I enjoyed the 'hands-on approach of viewing formations up
close on the fieldtrip rather than in pictures", "I have a
much more holistic picture of Earth Science and this will allow me to
connect all of the 'topics' in my curriculum", "I was blown away!
The timing was fantastic as was the knowledge base of the experts.
The resource package was the best I have received…"
—Field, British Columbia
"An inspiration to the upcoming teacher year",
"It was just a top notch workshop with so much to take home to
our students", "The sponsors are to be thanked for this
opportunity to educate educators"
"Hands-on simple explanations followed by 'hands-on'
examples. Lots of experienced people to answer all questions. Rock
samples with explanations will be great for educational purposes when
teaching in the future"
"Excellent demonstration ideas that have been classroom tested. Hands-on
practice made content relevant. Wonderful 'goody-bag' that is immediately
applicable", "Passionate speakers! Contagious", "Please keep offering these
types of workshop for teachers", "Good lesson ideas—usable and efficient—
also cost effective (classrooms are expensive places)"
—Vancouver, British Columbia
"I enjoyed the workshop, especially all the hands-on
practical ideas. Well done" "Looking forward to trying these
activities with my students, great hands-on for kids of all
ages", "Very good approach to the presentation. I liked the
use of activities to demonstrate how to reach outcomes"
"Very exciting and interactive. Presenters did a fantastic
—Iqaluit , Nunavut
"The package of resources will be well used",
"Many possible lessons can be created from the information passed
onto us ... very good treatment and atmosphere"
—Cambridge Bay, Nunavut
"This course gave me some really great ideas and things to
do since I have no science background. Thank you", "The
take-home info is great", "My thanks for encapsulating the
unit. I feel I have a picture of the whole. Will be able to bring to
students an enlightened overview: show how it all fits into their
learning: why it is important to learn about the earth and how they
can have fun learning", "Lots of useful information. Some
wonderful experiments and hands-on activities. Thank you"