Earth Science Week is October 11-17, 2020

Mark your calendars!

Join us in celebrating Earth Science Week and gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Earth Sciences and engage in responsible stewardship of the Earth.

Events scheduled nationwide for Oct.11-17 will celebrate the theme "Earth Materials in Our Lives." This year's event will focus on the ways Earth materials impact humans – and the ways human activity impacts these materials – in the 21st century. Individuals of all backgrounds, ages and abilities are encouraged to engage with the geosciences, whether as a geoscience professional, a hobbyist or through civic engagement. Earth science is all around us. Go ahead – be a citizen scientist! Check out the focus days and learn more at American Geosciences Institute's website.

Read Missouri Governor Michael L. Parson's Earth Science Week proclamation.

Focus Days Include:

Oct. 11 – International Earthcache Day
Oct. 12 – Minerals Day
Oct. 13 – Earth Observation Day and No Child Left Inside Day
Oct. 14 – National Fossil Day
Oct. 15 – The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut and Geoscience for Everyone Day
Oct. 16 – Geologic Map Day
Oct. 17 – International Archaeology Day


Earth Science Week contests are underway. Categories include photography, video, visual arts and essay.

Enter today!
Check out the 2019 video, photography, visual arts and essay contest winners!

Do you Have Questions about Missouri Geology? We have answers!

Send email for answers to your questions about Missouri geology.Do you have a question about Missouri geology, or do you have a rock you would like to have identified? If so, send a photo of the rock and information about where you found the rock and one of our geologists will reply. Contact us at Please note: Our museum and offices will be closed Oct. 12, in observance of Columbus Day.