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Rockin' Around New Mexico
An Annual Geologic Workshop for K-12 Teachers

Each summer, the New Mexico Bureau of Geology conducts a 3-day geology workshop for teachers. The workshop is based at a new location each year and includes hands-on sessions along with field trips to explore local geology. Topics include mineral resources and mining, environmental geology, paleontology, seismic hazards and mitigation, and school earthquake safety. An optional one-hour graduate credit through the Master of Science for Teachers program at New Mexico Tech is available. Enrollment fee for the workshop is $40. Curriculum materials and a few meals will be provided. Travel and lodging are paid up front by participants, with possible reimbursement through a yearly grant. Mark your calendar and join us this summer (teachers only, please!)

Silver Creek
Silver Creek's fascinating sequence of upturned beds on the Sevilleta National Wildlife Preserve presented a mystery for the teachers at the 2013 Rockin' session based in Socorro. Photo courtesy of Linda Brown.

Regular sponsors for Rockin’ Around New Mexico include the New Mexico Bureau of Geology, New Mexico Tech, New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, New Mexico Mining Association, and the New Mexico Geological Society. Locations for some recent sessions are as follows:

Recent Rockin' Workshops:

  • 2010: Socorro
  • 2011: Jemez Springs
  • 2012: Jemez Springs
  • 2013: Socorro
  • 2014: Silver City

Next Rockin' Workshop

Science Educators: Registration opens soon for the 2015 session!

Rockin’ Around New Mexico
July 8-10, 2015
Socorro, New Mexico

This summer our annual teacher workshop, Rockin’ Around New Mexico, will be located in Socorro, New Mexico. Several geologic topics will be explored with in-class activities and local field trips, including hydrology and structural features of the Rio Grande Rift that relate to its seismic history. The workshop will conclude with instruction on seismic hazards and school safety in New Mexico. The 3-day workshop is for active K–12 classroom teachers or pre-service teachers. A one-hour graduate credit is available through the Master of Science for Teachers (MST) at New Mexico Tech. Interested teachers should contact Susie Welch at 575-835-5112, or

For information on next year's trip contact:

Susie Welch (phone: (575) 835-5112,

or write to:

Susie Welch - Rockin' Around New Mexico
New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources
New Mexico Tech
801 Leroy Place
Socorro NM 87801 
Valle Grande
At the Valles Caldera Overlook, geologists present the eruptive history of the caldera in 2012. Photo courtesy of Linda Brown.