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Earth Science Week 2016

Earth Science Day

The WSGS and University of Wyoming Geological Museum partnered to host Earth Science Day Oct. 15 in celebration of Earth Science Week (Oct. 9-15). More than 360 people attended the event, which included a fossil prep-lab tour, a children's scavenger hunt, viewing thin sections under a microscope, creating Wyoming invertebrate fossil identification kits, and using cupcakes to learn how core samples allow geologists to find what rock layers are beneath the earth's surface.

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 2016 was “Our Shared Geoheritage.” According to AGI, geoheritage is defined as locations that are valued for reasons such as scientific, economic, ecological, educational, cultural, aesthetic, artistic, and recreational purposes. Educational material provided by AGI can be found here.

Focus Days

There was 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 9 – Explore the world with this GPS scavenger hunt.

Earth Science Literacy Day October 10 – 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 11 – 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 11 – Engage students and teachers in remote sensing as an existing and powerful educational tool.

National Fossil Day October 12 – A day dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of fossils.

Geoscience for Everyone Day October 13 – Do your part to help young people from underrepresented communities explore exciting careers in the geosciences.

Geologic Map Day – October 14 – 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 15 – 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)

More photos of Earth Science Day as well as Earth Science Week activities held at libraries and schools around Wyoming can be viewed in the slideshow below.