Month: October 2017

Tony Meunier Awarded Eastern Section 2017 Digman Award

Tony Meunier Awarded Eastern Section 2017 Digman Award

Recognizing amazing Earth science educators with 2016 NAGT-Eastern Section Awards

2017 NAGT Eastern Section award winners by Steve Lindberg University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown


The Digman Award was established to recognize a non-teacher that brings Geoscience experiences and instruction to the general public. This year the Digman Award was presented to an individual who’s efforts over the past 6 decades qualify him to not only be recognized for his contributions, but perhaps as a lifelong achievement award for continuous support for science education. Tony’s first participation in NAGT meetings began in the late 1960’s as a Geology and Geography student while at SUNY Buffalo and SUNY Geneseo, N.Y. In the 1970’s, while a graduate student at SUNY Brockport, he studied under the tutelage of some legendary NAGT members including Dick Liebe, Bob Cassie, Ira Geer, Bob Adams, John Hubbard and Victor Schmidt. While at Brockport, Tony began a real association with NAGT on a regular basis.

In May 1972 Tony began his professional career with the USGS, first as a Cartographer and then as a Physical Scientist retiring in 2010 to become a USGS Emeritus Senior Scientist. In the late 1970’s and early 1980’s while with the USGS Earth Science Application Office he ran a very successful Educational Outreach program coined Quantum Leap. Quantum Leap developed programs in coordination with the larger than life NAGT legend James O’Connor to stress Earth Science Education in elementary, middle and high school curriculum. A traveling exhibit was designed and funded through Tony’s program that also included the wide distribution of free educational pamphlets at NAGT

From Lindberg, Stephen, 2017, Recognizing amazing Earth science educators with 2016 NAGT-Eastern Section Awards in National Association of Geoscience Teachers, Eastern Section Bulletin, edited by Callan Bentley: Norther Virginia Community College, Annandale, VA, v.67, #2 Summer 2017, p.16. Summer 2017 NAGT-ES Bulletin CB.pdf

Exploration Fields On ECWG Name Tags

Exploration Fields On ECWG Name Tags

As a networking aid when planning expeditions, or simply as a conversation starter, ECWG is in the process of adding exploration fields to ECWG members’ name tags.

If you wish to have an exploration field included on your name tag, please choose ONE of the following that best describes your exploration interests or involvement, and contact Arnella Trent at with your choice. Your name tag will be updated.

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Aviation
  • Biological Sciences
  • Conservation
  • Cosmology
  • Cultural
  • Earth & Space Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Geographical Science
  • Geology
  • Historic Preservation
  • Marine Science
  • Medicine
  • Meteorology
  • Mountaineering
  • Paleontology
  • Planetary Science
  • Polar
  • Undersea
ECWG Bombash 2017 Report

ECWG Bombash 2017 Report

The 2017 Explorers Club Washington Group Bombash took place in Philadelphia from 29 September to 1 October 2017. Organized by Arnella Trent MN10 as a joint program with the Philadelphia Chapter, forty-two members and guests joined for a remarkable weekend of history and camaraderie centered around Independence Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Members from the George Rogers Clark, St. Louis and NY Chapters joined for the events. The weekend began with an informal dinner in Little Italy on Friday evening, followed on Saturday by a guided walking tour of Independence National Park, lunch at City Tavern, and a tour of the Museum of the American Revolution. The day’s activities concluded at Union League with a reception and lecture by Senior Fellow and Historian at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Robert Peck FN83: A Glorious Enterprise: Two Hundred Years of Exploration and Discovery at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. As we left, all agreed that the weekend was a total success – and that we should get together with our Philadelphia colleagues again soon!

Awarding of Certificate of Appreciation: Lonnie Schorer (Chair, ECWG), Robert Peck (Philadelphia Chapter/Speaker), AJ Obara (Chair, Philadelphia Chapter)


Independence Square guide with Betsy Stewart and Chester Schmidt
Philadelphia Chapter Board members: AJ Obara, Doug Soroka, Arnella Trent (ECWG), Robert Griffith, Robert Peck (Speaker), James Robinson, Benjamin Hulsey (ECWG/St. Louis Chapter)


ECWG Board members:
Betsy Stewart, Arnella Trent, Lonnie Schorer, Marilyn Livingood, Jay Kaplan, Debbie Bell, Bruce Blanchard