Illinois Teachers Workshop

Rocks, Minerals & Mining in Today’s Society

July 16-18, 2018

Western Illinois University - Macomb, Illinois

The IAAP Illinois Teachers Workshop is a three-day event designed to inform Illinois educators about the importance of rocks, minerals, and mining in everyday life.  This goal is accomplished by allowing thirty-five teachers each year to tour active mining operations and by providing information, tools, and activities they can take back to their classrooms.  The fee to attend is $60; meals and lodging are included at no additional cost to you. 

Registration for the 2018 workshop will open in November.  If you would like to be placed on a registration notification list, please contact the IAAP with your name and email address. 

2017 Workshop Schedule

Graduate Credit Syllabus and Assignment (2017)

Participants' video from 2016 workshop

2017 Workshop Pictures

Sponsorship/Donation Form for IAAP Member Company

Full-color Informational Brochure (pdf)

Romeoville Quarry Blast Video

Anna Quarry Blast 2015

The workshop focuses on Illinois geology, Earth’s processes, mining rocks & minerals, connections to end products made from rocks & minerals, land reclamation, sustainability, and environmental issues. Concerns and misconceptions about the aggregates industry are also explored. Teachers will learn about, and actively participate in, various hands-on educational activities suitable for teaching earth science in the classroom. The information presented in workshop lectures is then brought to life during field trips to unique geological formations, historical sites, active mining operations and land reclamation sites.

IAAP has partnered with the Illinois Science Teachers’ Association to enhance the program making it better than ever. ISTA will grant Professional Development credits or participants will have the opportunity to obtain two graduate credit hours from Illinois State University (course number 439.07 - Geology of Illinois: Teaching Rocks, Minerals and Mining in the Classroom).  At the conclusion, each teacher receives numerous educational materials such as mineral kits, rock & mineral samples, fossil kit, videos, posters, lesson plans, learning activities, and other teaching aids provided by the IAAP and its members. And you will join a learning community of teachers who have participated through the years.

The IAAP will match every teacher with an industry member sponsor whose financial contribution to this workshop provides for the facilities rental, educational materials and lodging accommodations for Monday and Tuesday nights of the workshop.  Participating teachers will be responsible for the registration fee, cost for graduate level credit if you so choose, and incidentals such as room service or telephone calls.  The costs for graduate level credit and registration to attend this workshop are detailed on the Teacher Registration form you may download from this page. 

IAAP members wishing to sponsor a teacher or contribute to this event should download the Sponsorship/Donation Form and return it to the IAAP with their contribution.

Don't miss this great opportunity to learn, have fun, and make valuable contacts with other teachers and individuals in the mining industry!

Teacher's comments about the workshop: 

"I came away with a wealth of information, ideas, activities, and materials that I am very excited to incorporate within the classroom."

            B.C., Lisbon Grade School 

"I really appreciate the opportunity to mix with "real" scientists and people in the field.  All were willing to answer questions.  I like having folks I can call if I have questions."

            A.R., Old Orchard Junior High 

"Wow!  This workshop was amazing.  All of the presenters were very knowledgeable in their area.  I didn't realize how important the [aggregates] industry is in today's society."

            T.C., West Oak Middle School

Links to Websites for Additional Information and Educational Resources

Rocks and Minerals in Today's World (PowerPoint presentation)

Illinois Department of Natural Resources – Office of Mines and Minerals

IDNR Rock Box traveling exhibit

Illinois State Geological Survey

U.S. Geological Survey education resources

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) - U.S. Department of Labor

RockSmart education materials (Vulcan Materials Company)

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History: Geology, Gems and Minerals

NSTA - National Science Teachers Association

Mineral Information Institute - Free K-12 teachers resources, lesson plans, geology & minerals

National Energy Foundation: Energy, Education, Conservation, Awareness, Efficiency

National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association

Women in Mining Free downloadable hands-on minerals activities suitable for use in the classroom, at home, or as illustrative demonstrations at community events (National Standards Included!).

Construction Industry Career Information at

Construction Challenge - International competition for high school students interested in a career in the construction industry

Discover How Rocks Are Formed:

Earth Science Resources:

Educational Resources for K-16 (Kentucky Geological Survey): 

Free downloadable hands on minerals activities National Standards Included:

Free Educational Materials from the IDNR:

Free Teaching and Learning Resources from Federal Agencies:

Fryxell Geology Museum at Augustana College:

Geology, Gems and Minerals @ National Museum of Natural History: 

GSA Free Teacher Resources:

Illinois Fossil Trunk - borrow from the IDNR:

Illinois State Museum Education Resources: - The Mineral and Locality Database:

Mineral Information Finder

Minerals Education Coalition lesson plans and more

OneGeology - Making Geological Map Data for the Earth Accessible

People and Animals from Illinois’ Past Trunk - borrow from the IDNR

The Dynamic Earth @ National Museum of Natural History

USGS Educational Resources

USGS virtual tours and 3-D images 

ISGS Publications including Geology of Illinois textbook

Free K-12 teachers resources, lesson plans, geology & minerals

Websites Containing Educational Materials Related to Geology, Minerals, and Environmental Facts

Use Google Earth to view Illinois bedrock geology and faults by creating a KMZ file:

If you want to have the ability to see the individual layers try this link:
Select the Faults and Bedrock then click vector layers as vectors and raster layers as images. This will download a KMZ file to your computer which can be opened in Google Earth.

ALL ABOUT MINING : A Total Concept of the Mining Industry is an in-depth course designed for K–12 teachers, school administrators, counselors, librarians and other educators.