Earth Science Week is October 13-19, 2019
Join us in celebrating Earth Science Week and gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Earth Sciences. Events celebrate the theme, "Geoscience is for Everyone.” This year's event will emphasize both the inclusive potential and the importance of the geosciences in the lives of all people. Our Governor's proclamation is coming soon!
The coming year's theme is meant to encourage individuals of all backgrounds, ages, and abilities to engage with the geosciences, whether that is as a geoscience professional, a hobbyist, or through civic engagement. Because each person has a role in the areas that geoscientists study – including Earth’s resources, natural hazards, and understanding the wonder of our environment – geoscience truly is for everyone.
Earth science is all around us. Go ahead – be a citizen scientist!
Enter the video, photography, visual arts and essay contests! All submissions are due by 4 p.m. CT, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019 (or postmarked by that date where applicable).
- Sun., Oct. 13
- International Earthcache Day. Explore the world with this GPS scavenger hunt! Visiting an EarthCache site is a great outdoor activity the entire family can enjoy.
- Mon., Oct. 14
- Earth Science Literacy Day. Learn the fundamentals of geosciences with Earth Science: Big Idea, a video series developed to explain why Earth science literacy is important.
- Tues., Oct. 15
- Earth Observation Day. Engage students and teachers in remote sensing as an exciting and powerful educational tool. Learn about remote sensing.
- No Child Left Inside Day. Join other young people and enjoy experiences that make learning fresh and exciting. Venture outside with children so they can explore and conduct Earth science research like a professional geoscientist.
- Wed., Oct. 16
- National Fossil Day. National Fossil Day is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of fossils. AGI is sponsoring an Art Contest this year. National Fossil Day is a great time to visit the Missouri State Museum, located on the first floor of the Capitol where you will see fossils embedded in the building’s limestone walls, floors and stairs. Visitors to the Ed Clark Museum of Missouri Geology, 111 Fairgrounds Road, Rolla, will receive a small Crinoid fossil (official state fossil). See this article about some of the fossils in limestone of the Capitol and this map showing their locations.
- Thurs., Oct. 17
- Geoscience for Everyone Day. We all can make a real difference by opening a young person’s eyes to the exciting world of a career in the geosciences.
- The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut. Join millions of people in practicing how to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” during this important earthquake exercise Thursday, Oct. 17 at 10:17 a.m. Resister your school, business, family and participate. Learn about earthquake potential in Missouri. Watch award-winning videos made by Missouri school children about what to do before, during and after an earthquake.
- Fri., Oct. 18
- Geologic Map Day. Special mapping exhibits will be on display at the Ed Clark Museum of Missouri Geology, 111 Fairgrounds Road in Rolla. Learn about the study, uses, importance of geologic mapping for education, science, business, and a variety of public policy concerns. Download geologic maps.
- Sat., Oct. 19
- International Archaeology Day. Hosted by the Archaeological Institute of America, this special event is a celebration of archaeology and the thrill of discovery.
- Sat. and Sun., Oct. 19 and 20
- Ozark Mountain Gem & Mineral Society's Rock, Gem & Mineral Show. The 52nd annual show will be held at the Expo Center, 635 E. St. Louis Street, Springfield, Missouri, and is sponsored by the Ozark Mountain Gem and Mineral Society.
- Use the start date and end date and select one or more locations for events in U.S. states and territories, and other countries. Learn more at American Geosciences Institute's website.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.