The Iowa Geoscience Education Information Network

Explore Iowa Geology


Never regard your study as a duty, but as the enviable opportunity to learn to know the liberating influence of beauty in the realm of the sprit for your own personal joy and to profit of the community to which your latter work belongs. - Albert Einstein

Discovering Iowa's diverse geologic landscapes

Do you have a geology lesson or activity that is fun and helps people learn? Are you looking for one? One of the primary IGEIN goals is to provide Iowa’s teachers, parents, and naturalists with engaging geology lessons and activities.  A secondary goal is develop lessons and activities that are specifically linked Iowa’s parks, playgrounds, backyards (landscapes)!  If you have something to share or would like some feedback on a lesson that you have been developing? Please contact

University of Northern Iowa (Dr. Heinzel)

Spring 2019

Introduction to Geology


Natural Resources and Civilizations (PrepCourse for Capstone in Southern Italy)


In the hole


Applied Geochemistry


Geoscience Education

Geologic Resources of Iowa for Teachers (Iowa Limestone Producers Assocation)

Inquiry into Earth and Space Science

Techniques for Science Teachers - Using GIS in science classrooms and activities


K-12 grade specific activities



Iowa K-12 GIS Data Storage


UNI Earth Science/Geology (Professional Development) Opportunites

Geology of Iowa for Teachers (Sponsored by the Iowa Limestone Producers)

Course Work Samples (2001-2011)


UNI Earth Science Update Conferences (Sponsored by the Iowa Limestone Producers)

2013 The Earth Sciences, Natural Resources and Society

2012 Limestone and its importance to Iowa's Economy

2011 Earthquakes, Tsunami, and natural hazards


Tools & Ideas

Using Google Earth to help your student's learn about the Geology of Iowa (Super cool!)

Digital teaching resources

The Science Education Resource Center @ Carleton College, MN (Teaching activities)

Links for Environmental Sustainability in Education


Interesting reading

Forget what you know about good study habits (NY Times - Benedict Carey)


Classroom techniques

Gallery Walks


Pyramid testing

Geologic Jeopardy


Quick Links

Virtual Field Trips

Understanding Science (UC Berkeley)

Iowa Flood Center

Science Education Resource Center (Carleton College)

National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA)