Teacher Education Seminar

The North Dakota Petroleum Foundation hosts this seminar for educators to learn about the oil industry and take projects, lessons, and ideas back to the classroom. The seminar also helps educators translate to their students how geography, math, chemistry, geometry, etc. tie into the oil and gas industry and careers.

Who’s eligible:  Teachers and guidance counselors who are currently practicing full time in a North Dakota public or private school. Teachers from South Dakota and Montana who are near oil and gas development may also apply.

The Seminar is held in June of each year. The 2020 event has been canceled due to uncertainties surrounding COVID-19, but we intend to host the seminar in 2021.

Why Teachers Should Attend

Earn Credits

Participants will be eligible for two professional development credits from MSU, NDSU or UND. These credits may be used for general teacher license renewals. The university will charge a fee to participants wanting the optional credit. Please note this is a repeat course and past participants are not eligible for repeat credit.


Delve deep into the oil and gas industry from its prehistoric beginnings to the skills, technology and education it takes to recover it and the ways it is important to you. Topics include:

– Petroleum geology – Why is petroleum found in the rocks of western North Dakota?

– Drilling, producing and refining oil and gas and why is it important to me?

– Career exploration in the energy industry.

– History of oil and gas in North Dakota.

– Paleontology of the Williston Basin.

– Oil and the environment – Can they coexist?

Plus, attendees get a rare opportunity to tour a drilling rig, production site, and more.

Cost and Details to Register

COST IS FREE to attend and includes:

– All course materials;

– Three nights lodging on the BSC campus; and,

– Most meals in conjunction with seminar

A $25 deposit, which is returned upon registration check-in, is required to reserve your spot for the seminar. Attendees are responsible for the cost of the optional professional development credit from MSU, NDSU and UND.

The application deadline is May 1, 2021, but space is limited to 50 primary and secondary educators on a first-come, first-served basis.  Complete the Teacher Education Seminar brochure and mail with a $25 check made payable to the North Dakota Petroleum Foundation by May 1, 2021. Applications may be sent to:

North Dakota Petroleum Foundation

P.O. Box 7233

Bismarck, ND 58507