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Earth Science Week 2017

This year marks the 20th annual Earth Science Week (Oct. 8-14). Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead proclaimed the second week of October as Wyoming Earth Science Week. The week-long celebration is in conjunction with the national and international event that has been held by the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) since 1998. The theme of Earth Science Week 2017 is "Earth and Human Activity," which AGI says promotes awareness of what geoscience tells us about human interaction with the planet's natural systems and processes.

Wyoming Rocks! To the Moon and Back

"Wyoming ROCKS! To the Moon and Back" Event

The WSGS and University of Wyoming Geological Museum partnered to host "Wyoming ROCKS! To the Moon and Back" on Oct. 14 in celebration of Earth Science Week. More than 250 people attended and participated in activities ranging from rock ID kits with Wyoming "moon rocks" to a scavenger hunt. At the WSGS booth, participants learned about geologic time periods, using a Wyoming map, and the various types of rocks that formed at those times.


As in previous years, the Wyoming State Geological Survey will provide 50 complimentary Earth Science Week toolkits to junior high classrooms across Wyoming. The toolkits are provided by AGI and are available to school teachers on a first come, first serve basis. Each toolkit contains material to help prepare for Earth Science Week and teach earth science throughout the year. Toolkits include:

  • 12-month school-year activity calendar, suitable for hanging
  • New Earth Science Week poster, including a learning activity
  • NASA materials on Earth science and LandSat images
  • National Park Service posters on glaciers, fossils and clean air
  • Geologic Map Day poster dealing with karst and sinkholes
  • Mineral Education Coalition's "What's In My Toothpaste" game
  • Association of American Geographers GeoMentors flyer
  • Bureau of Land Management dinosaur coloring page
  • CZO-sponsored The Earth Scientist newsletter
  • AmericaView board game using satellite imagery
  • Soil Science Society of America magnetic bookmark
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute posters on the biosphere
  • UNAVCO Tectonic Motions of Alaska poster
  • Switch Energy Project information on video resources
  • National Wildlife Federation Eco-Schools USA postcard
  • Material on GSA's EarthCache in Education program
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service information on soils
  • CLEAN, AIPG, IRIS, NCKRI, Flyover Country information
  • Brochures, bookmarks, fact sheets, postcards and more

To request a toolkit, contact Christina George, WSGS outreach and publications manager, at christina.george@wyo.gov or at 307-766-2286.

Focus Days

There is a specific theme celebrated each day of Earth Science Week. The following are links to lessons, activities, and resources connected to each Focus Day.

International Earthcache Day October 8 – Explore the world with this GPS scavenger hunt.

Earth Science Literacy Day October 9 – Learn the fundamentals of geosciences with “Earth Science: Big Idea,” a video series developed to explain why earth science literacy is important.

No Child Left Inside Day October 10 – This day encourages students to go outside and research earth science in the field like a professional geoscientist. This is a guide for organizing an outdoor earth science event.

Earth Observation Day October 10 – Engage students and teachers in remote sensing as an existing and powerful educational tool.

National Fossil Day October 11 – A day dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of fossils.

Geoscience for Everyone Day October 12 – Do your part to help young people from underrepresented communities explore exciting careers in the geosciences.

Geologic Map Day – October 13 – There are many activities and resources for this focus day, which is an extension of the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program that focuses the attention of students, teachers, and the general public on the study, uses, and significance of geologic maps for education, science, business, and a variety of public policy concerns.

International Archaeology Day October 14 – Hosted by the Archaeological Institute of America, this special event is a celebration of archaeology and the thrill of discovery.

Additinal resources:

Earth Science Lessons and Activities (Grades 4-12)

Map Lessons - Visualizing Earth (Grades 4-12)

Photos of Earth Science Week 2016 activities held at libraries and schools around Wyoming can be viewed in the slideshow below.

Christina George (307) 766-2286 Ext. 231