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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:

Past Rockin' Workshops:

  • 2023: Socorro
  • 2022: San Juan Basin
  • 2021: Virtual
  • 2020: Virtual
  • 2019: Socorro
  • 2018: Truth or Consequences
  • 2017: Socorro
  • 2016: Las Vegas
  • 2015: Socorro
  • 2014: Silver City
  • 2013: Socorro
  • 2012: Jemez Springs
  • 2011: Jemez Springs
  • 2010: Socorro

Next Workshop:

Rockin’ Around New Mexico — A Three-day Geology Workshop for K-12 Teachers

Grants New Mexico, July 10-12, 2024
(with an optional Masters of Science for Teachers graduate credit through the EDU-5810 course)

Rockin 2024
[PDF flyer available ]

Register Now

Rockin’ is a workshop for certified, NM K–12 teachers who are interested in augmenting their understanding of geoscience. This workshop can be taken for professional development or for New Mexico Tech Master's in Science Teaching graduate credit. This year, we will be based out of Grants, NM and our workshop will explore the importance of critical minerals, the eruptive center of the Zuni Mountains, the New Mexico volcanic hazard assessment, earthquakes— and preparation for geology-related hazards.

No previous geologic experience is necessary, but teachers should be able to walk one mile in arid conditions.

Graduate & Professional Development Credit

For information about taking EDU-5810 Rockin’ Around New Mexico as part of the Master of Science for Teachers program at New Mexico Tech, contact MST Coordinator Leslie Clark at (575) 838-3096 or email

To register as professional development please fill out this form: If you have questions contact: Cynthia Connolly at (575) 835-5264,

Reimbursement is available to New Mexico teachers for travel and lodging.

Valle Grande
At the Valles Caldera Overlook, geologists present the eruptive history of the caldera in 2012. Photo courtesy of Linda Brown.