OOGEEP Geology Teacher Workshop

Connect Ohio’s Physical Geology Standards to hands-on lessons related to the oil and gas industry.

Designed specifically for middle school and high school geology and earth science teachers, this workshop will connect Ohio’s Physical Geology Standards to interactive hands-on lessons related to the crude oil and natural gas industry. Learn how to connect your students to Ohio’s geology, as well as the wide variety of related careers!

Participating teachers will receive curriculum, geological maps, digital resources, rock and mineral kits and other supplies to bring this content to your classroom. This free teacher workshop includes: overnight accommodations, meals, interactive sessions, an evening social gathering/networking dinner, a geology field trip, CEU credit documentation and optional *Ashland University graduate credits, plus much more!


Schoenbrunn Conference Center, New Philadelphia, Ohio



Differentiation of Earth’s Layers
How did the Earth differentiate into its various layers? Which layers contain the underground reservoirs of hydrocarbons? Use modeling and graphic organizers to teach the composition, scaling and mapping of Earth’s layers.

Active Earth: from Continental Drift to Plate Tectonics
What evidence do we have to support the plate tectonic theory? How has the movement of plates contributed to the production of naturally occurring economic resources like crude oil and natural gas? Use puzzles, “edible models” and maps to understand Wegener’s Theory of Continental Drift, relative plate motion and sea floor spreading.

Mineralogy: the Building Blocks of our Rocks
What is a mineral and what properties distinguish one mineral from another? How do petroleum geologists determine the organic materials in source rocks that produce hydrocarbons? Grow mineral crystals and test for hardness, specific gravity and other properties that distinguish one mineral from another.

Rocks vs. Minerals
What distinguishes a rock from a mineral? What is the composition of source rocks for crude oil and natural gas? Identify and classify rocks using graphic organizers, physics and modeling.

Ohio’s Sedimentary Basins
What processes are responsible for the formation of the bedrock found in Ohio’s sedimentary basin? How are these processes responsible for the Utica and Marcellus shales present in Ohio today? Create a sedimentary basin model, calculate weathering rates, and design graphic organizers to understand how sediments, organisms, structures and rocks vary between depositional environments.

Earth’s Energy Sources
What processes are carbon sinks and sources? What are Ohio’s energy resources? Create a model to track carbon flow, experiment to find out if carbon is stored in rocks and use a graphic organizer assessment to trace pathways of carbon cycles in the environment.


This workshop is free for Ohio teachers, thanks to Ohio’s natural gas and oil producers! Early registration is encouraged because this workshop is limited to only 40 participants and will fill up quickly! No “walk-in” registrations are permitted. In the event you must cancel your registration, please let us know at least 14 days PRIOR to the workshop so that we can promptly fill your position with someone on the wait list.

*An optional Ashland University graduate credit is available. The workshop is worth one graduate credit hour (14.5 contact hours) and the fee must be paid by credit card or check made out to Ashland University at the time of the workshop. This graduate credit will be granted upon completion of all requirements. Additional information will be provided at the workshop.

We are currently planning to hold this workshop in-person. Stay tuned for possible changes to the venue due to COVID-19 requirements.


Presented by: Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program
Funded and sponsored by: Ohio’s Natural Gas and Oil Producers