GeoFest 2017 - Celebrating the Empire State


PLEASE NOTE: We were having problems with the online registration for GeoFest. If you tried to register and nothing came up, please try again.  CLICK HERE! 

If nothing shows up, please email Tim McDonnell, and we will register you ourselves, free of charge!


The New York Geographic Alliance is pleased to announce that GeoFest 2017 will be held at Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York on Saturday, November 11, 2017.Our overall theme is "Celebrating the Empire State."

The Official Program of GeoFest 2017 is now available. Click here to download your own copy. 

GeoFest will consist of a welcoming ceremony with refreshments starting at 8:30 AM, followed by three workshop sessions on a variety of topics. Many will be centered on the Bicentennial of the Erie Canal and on the Geography Awareness Week Theme of Civil Rights. We hope to have representatives of several museums and national parks in attendance as exhibitors or workshop presenters. There will be an optional afternoon activity with lunch included. We are still firming up our schedule, but here are some of the choices we will be offering for workshops:

Teaching About Climate Change

Teaching with Digital Maps

Joining the National Geographic Bee

Geography of the Civil Rights Era

Literature and Geography K-12

Using the GIANT Map of New York to Teach the American Revolution

Geo-Inquiries for Middle School Students

Interactive Geography for the Elementary Grades

Historic Palmyra: Queen of Canal Towns

GIS Mapping in a Community

We also will have a strand for Teaching About East Asia. It will include GeoHistoGrams, Using Maps to Learn about China, and Korea Today. 

OPTIONAL PM ACTIVITY! After the third workshop, we are offering a great activity for the afternoon. Prof. Michael Boester will be leading interested GeoFest participants on a tour of Mt. Hope Cemetery. A lunch is included. We are asking for a $10 donation to help defer the expense of this optional activity. When you register, please indicate that you are interested in joining us in this historic cemetery where Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass, and many other prominent citizens are buried. 

Registration is now active.  CLICK HERE!

If you are interested in presenting a workshop, please let us know by emailing Tim McDonnell


If you would like a flyer for GeoFest, you can download it here. It has a paper registration form on the back side. 

1000 E. Henrietta Road Rochester NY 14623
Event Date: 
Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 4:00am