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Save the Date: August 7th - 9th, 2023  

NYESTA Summer Conference 

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Welcome to NYESTA!

2022 Annual Field Conference (Past Event)

Last year's Annual Geologic Field Conference was brought to you by NYESTA, and hosted by SUNY Oneonta and the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.


Our Guide and Host was Dr. James Ebert, Winner of the 2021 Distinguished Service Award from NYESTA, a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, former chair of the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, and former Interim Dean of Science and Social Science at State University of New York (SUNY) Oneonta since 1985. Dr. Ebert's research interests include carbonate sedimentology, stratigraphy, Devonian time scale calibration and geoscience education, particularly the role of dual credit courses in recruiting geoscience majors and the use of models for representing abstract concepts in geoscience.


Astronomy observing at the SUNY Oneonta Observatory, College Camp Tuesday evening and Planetarium visit Thursday morning.

NYESTA Awards:

Distinguished Service Award: Dr. James Ebert - 2021
Distinguished Service Award: Bryce Hand - 2022

Tuesday July 19th

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Registration - Morris Conference Center

4:00 PM -? PM - Dinner on your own. Oneonta has many nice restaurants. The typical fast food options are available as well on Rt. 23 on the south side of Oneonta.

8:30 PM - Weather Permitting - Vans leaving from the front of the Morris Conference Center for Astronomy observing at the College's observatory with Dr. Valerie Rapson

Wednesday July 20th

7:00 AM - Breakfast on your own

7:30 AM - Pick up box lunches for field trip

7:45 AM - Meet at vans

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - All Day Field Trip

“Precambrian to Pleistocene Potpourri.” Opportunity to collect classroom samples. Trip will include a visit to Herkimer Diamond Mines as well as stops of geologic features ranging in age from 1.1 billion years to 10,000 years. Box Lunches provided during field trip.

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Annual Awards Dinner and Banquet @ Morris Conference Center, SUNY Oneonta

Thursday July 21st

7:00 AM - Breakfast on your own

8:00 AM - Group 1: Models Workshop Perna 204 with Dr. Zo Kraeger; Group 2: Planetarium (basement Perna Science) with Dr. Josh Nollenberg

10:00 AM - Group 1: Planetarium (basement Perna Science) with Dr. Josh Nollenberg; Group 2: Models Workshop Perna 204 with Dr. Zo Kraeger

12:00 PM - Lunch is Served 

12:45 PM - Meet at Vans

1:00 - 5:00 PM - Pyrite Collecting, Paleontology, assorted Glacial Features Field Trip

Awards Dinner and Banquet Information


6:00 PM - Arrive and Cocktails

6:30 PM - Dinner is served

7:30 PM - Awards Presentation

8:00 PM - Keynote Speaker: Dr. Charles Ver Straeten, New York State Museum "Bedrock of the Catskills: Terrestrial Lands and Life in the Devonian”

Food Information

Banquet and Lunches are provided by Brooks BBQ and SUNY Oneonta Catering. We will do all we can to meet dietary needs with vegetarian and gluten free offerings.

Please contact us at with any additional dietary concerns. You may consider packing your own meals if necessary.

Banquet Dress

  • Semi-formal


Join us in honoring Dr. James Ebert and Bryce Hand for their contributions to New York Earth Science Education.

Housing (Not Included in Conference Ticket Price)

We have made blocks at three locations for housing.

Quality Inn Oneonta for $198.00 per night (+tax) - Please Call (607)433-2250 - Rooms are reserved under "NYESTA SUNY Oneonta Field Conference" Or you can book here. Cutoff Date for rooms is June 19th, 2022

Clairon Hotel Oneonta for $189.00 per night (+tax) - Please Call (607)432-7500 - Rooms are reserved under "NYESTA SUNY Oneonta Field Conference" Or you can book here. Cutoff Date for rooms is June 19th, 2022

On campus booking - Does not have A/C, does not provide linens. Bring a fan!  Each room can either be used by a single person or as a double, costs would be split.  If you are interested in breakfast, please indicate to the University when booking your room. Please email to set up rooms.

If you are new or would like help in finding a roommate, please email or and we can work to get you connected with another attendee.

Traditional T-Shirt (Included, excluding guest ticket)

As always, you get a T-shirt for your wearing pleasure and for a great group photo.  Please make a size selection while purchasing your ticket.

Notes for Attendees

This event is a Geologic Field Conference. It may include hiking over rough terrain. Please be certain that you have adequate equipment/clothing for such an event. Please bring layers of clothing, bug repellent, sturdy hiking gear, notebooks, and a sense of adventure.  Some locations we will visit will not permit hammers, but please bring along your favorite sledge for collecting samples

Any errors in ticket purchases, help with accommodations, or questions about the conference please contact us ASAP using

For future updates or unlikely changes we will notify you through email or the website.

Thank you for your continued interest in NYESTA, we look forward to seeing you this summer!

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