Initial Publication Date: January 29, 2022

COVID-19 Policies and Information

The National Association of Geoscience Teachers and the Earth Educators' Rendezvous planning committee continue to monitor the state of the COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, we are planning for an in-person conference in the Twin Cities. We are doing what we can to keep all Rendezvous attendees safe and reduce the risk associated with an in-person event. The following policies and requirements are designed to minimize the risk to individuals and our community while also following venue, local, state, and federal health guidelines. By implementing these policies, NAGT and the EER planning committee are asking attendees to protect the community and each other, while continuing to participate in a diverse, inclusive, and thriving community.

Last updated 07/01/2022. University of Minnesota guidance updated 05/11/2022.

Vaccination and Testing Requirements

Vaccination and testing requirements for the 2022 Earth Educators' Rendezvous are dependent on the guidelines of our host institution, the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. The COVID-19 situation is changing rapidly and conditions may warrant modification of these requirements.

Rendezvous attendees will be asked to affirm either that they are vaccinated or will have a 3rd party test 72 hours before event and only attend if negative when registering.

Currently, the University of Minnesota encourages does not require all visitors to be vaccinated and boosted. See the University of Minnesota's COVID-19 Prevention and Wellbeing page for additional details.

Face Coverings

Rendezvous attendees are required to follow the University of Minnesota's masking rules. The University of Minnesota requires all students, staff, faculty, contractors, and visitors to University of Minnesota campuses, offices, and facilities, statewide, wear facial coverings in certain settings:

  • In posted healthcare settings
  • In settings where Personal Protective Equipment is required due to environmental or hazardous material conditions
  • Isolation and quarantine spaces

Masks are not required in any other indoor or outdoor settings at University-owned locations. You may ask colleagues and others to wear a mask, but they aren't required to wear one. Please be respectful of those who choose to wear a mask, as well as those who choose not to wear one.

For more information, view the University's Face Covering Protocol.


Please do not attend events associated with the Rendezvous if you are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • NAGT Code of Conduct

    All participants in NAGT activities – including, but not limited to, attendees, speakers, volunteers, exhibitors, NAGT staff, members of the media, vendors, and service providers – are expected to abide by the NAGT Activities Code of Conduct. This Code of Conduct applies in all venues, including field trips, webinars, ancillary events and social gatherings, and on-line forums and discussions associated with the NAGT.

    As part of this Code of Conduct, all participants are expected to obey the rules and policies of the meeting venue, hotels, NAGT contracted facility, or any other venue where a participant's meeting badge and NAGT affiliation is likely to be displayed.

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