October 16, 2018

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It's Earth Science Week - October 14-20

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, OCT. 15, 2018 - Join the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in celebrating Earth Science Week and gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Earth Sciences.

Events scheduled nationwide, for October 14-20 will celebrate the theme, "Earth as Inspiration.” 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.

Students are encouraged to enter Earth Science Week contests by 4 p.m. CT, Friday. Oct. 19. Categories include photography, visual arts and essay. Learn more online at

Earth Science events are listed below:

Oct. 15 – Earth Science Literacy Day

Oct. 16 – Earth Observation Day and No Child Left Inside Day

Oct. 17 – National Fossil Day – Missouri’s state fossil is the Crinoid

Oct. 18 – The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut and Geoscience for Everyone Day

Oct. 19 – Geologic Map Day

Oct. 20 – International Archaeology Day

Oct. 20 and 21 – Ozark Mountain Gem & Mineral Society’s Rock, Gem and Mineral Show

Enjoy a self-guided tour of the department’s Ed Clark Museum of Missouri Geology, 111 Fairgrounds Road, Rolla. Open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Read Governor Parson’s proclamation and learn more about events and contests online at