Earth Science Week 2018
Join us in celebrating the 21st annual Earth Science Week and gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Earth Sciences. Events scheduled for October 14-20 will celebrate the theme, "Earth as Inspiration.” This year's celebration emphasizes artistic expression as a unique, powerful opportunity for geoscience education and understanding in the 21st century. Our Governor's proclamation is coming soon!
Earth Science Week activities will engage young people and others in exploring the relationship between the arts and the Earth systems by promoting public understanding and stewardship of the planet, especially in terms of the ways art relates to geoscience principles and issues as diverse as energy, climate change, the environment, natural disasters, technology, industry, agriculture, recreation, and the economy.
Earth science is all around us. Go ahead – be a citizen scientist!
Check out the online Earth Science Week Toolkit. Don't miss the 2018-2019 School Year Earth As Inspiration Calendar. It has numerous activities and experiments, and you can print monthly calendars or the entire publication?
Enter the video, photography, visual arts and essay contests! All submissions are due by 4 p.m. CT, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018.
- Sun., Oct. 14
- International Earthcache Day. Explore the world with this GPS scavenger hunt! Participate in a GPS scavenger hunt! Visiting an EarthCache site is a great outdoor activity the entire family can enjoy.
- Mon., Oct. 15
- 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. 16
- Earth Observation Day. Engage students and teachers in remote sensing as an exciting and powerful educational tool. Learn about remote sensing. Celebrate the Landsat program – provider of a continuous space-based record of the Earth’s surface since 1972. Get this year’s cool poster!
- 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. 17
- National Fossil Day. The ninth annual 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. Also, on National Fossil Day, 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. 18
- 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 Earth science.
- 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. 18 at 10:18 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. 19
- 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. 20
- 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. 20 and 21
- Ozark Mountain Rock, Gem & Mineral Society's Rock, Gem & Mineral Show. The 51st 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.