School Programs - Teachers

NEW 2016 groundWORK

The 2016 groundWORK newsletter for educators is now available! French version coming soon.

Cover Photo of groundWORK 2016

WHERE Challenge

Encourage your students to step up and take the WHERE Challenge! Now in its 9th year, this national contest asks students ages 9 to 14 years to discover the answers to these questions: What on Earth is in your stuff and WHERE on Earth does it come from? They can enter as individuals, in a group, or with their school and could win cash prizes!

WHERE Challenge Judges!

Teachers, demonstrate your commitment to minerals education by joining the 2016-2017 WHERE Challenge judges panel. Active and/or retired teachers, CGEN members, as well as educators working in Earth science outreach are welcome. Volunteering as a judge requires just a few hours, but the experience lasts a lifetime. To register click here.

Welcome to the Mining Matters  Teacher's page. In this section you will find various opportunities for both you and your students. One of the goals of Mining Matters is to provide teachers with curriculum-linked classroom resources and professional development training to effectively teach curriculum related  to mineral resources, exploration, mining and Earth science.

Browse are our site to see some of the opportunities in your area. Still can't find what your looking for? Send us an email at and we would be more than happy to assist you!

Professional Development and Resource Kits

Looking for Earth science learning opportunities that bring Earth science alive for your students? Mining Matters offers teacher workshops and partners with industry and educational organizations to offer other possibilities. Since 1994, Mining Matters has reached more than 550,000 teachers and students through resources that promote the importance of rocks, metals, minerals, mining, and Canada’s geology. 

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Mining Matters teaching resources for classrooms, developed by teachers for teachers, meet provincial Earth science and Geography curriculum mandates and guidelines. Three resource kits are available:

Junior/Elementary: Deeper and Deeper: Discovering Rocks and Minerals
Intermediate/Middle: The Earth's Crust (Manitoba ONLY)
Senior/Secondary: Discovering Diamonds

Resource kits are available in English or French through a prerequisite in-service workshop. Workshops can be arranged for between 10 and 24 teachers, anywhere in Canada, with four weeks prior notice. 

Student Geoscience Workshops

Mining Matters is now offering in-school student workshops! Student workshops are available at a cost of $3.00 per student. The total fee is non-taxable and there are no additional fees for travel or Teacher-Facilitator services. These are complimentary. Browse through some of the topic ideas presented and consider applying today.

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Field Trip Subsidy Program

Field trips provide a way for teachers to approach knowledge in a completely new way and for kids to have fun while learning! With this idea in mind, each September at the start of the school year Mining Matters provides a Field Trip Subsidy to teachers. The subsidies help offset the cost of transportation and entrance fees to stone, sand and gravel, mining, and geoscience venues. Applications are considered on a first come first-served basis.  

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Mining Matters thanks Canadian Securities Exchange, our Field Trip Subsidy Sponsor, for their generous support in making these educational experiences available.

Save the Date! Teacher's Day 2017 at the PDAC Convention

10th Annual Teacher's Day

Sunday, March 5, 2017
9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario

The world renowned PDAC Convention offers teachers a unique opportunity to network with industry professionals from all over the world.  Here you will learn about Canada’s mineral wealth and mineral exploration industries. Tour the outstanding exhibits on the trade show floor. See the technologies used in resource exploration, career opportunities and the industry’s social responsibilities to the environment and communities.

The March 2016 theme, "Mining our Businesswas a great success and the education team is looking forward to doing it all again next March!  Here's what some of our teachers had to say about the experience:

"Thanks for another excellent Mining Matters Teachers Day at PDAC!" - S. Warburton, Teacher

"I just wanted to take the time to thank you for the amazing day at PDAC yesterday.  The "Mining Matters" program is outstanding..." - J. Doucet, Teacher

Be sure to save the date, Sunday March 5, 2017! Early bird registration will open in mid-November 2017. 


Mining Matters Teacher's Day program is generously sponsored by IBK Capital Corporation.