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Earth Science Week 2018

Earth Science Week has been held every October since 1998 and organized by the American Geosciences Institute (AGI). This year's event is Oct. 14–20, and the theme is "Earth as Inspiration," which AGI says emphasizes artistic expressions as a unique, powerful opportunity for geoscience education and understanding in the 21st century.

Wyoming ROCKS! The Art of our Geology

"Wyoming ROCKS! The Art of our Geology"

The Wyoming State Geological Survey and University of Wyoming Geological Museum are partnering to host "Wyoming ROCKS! The Art of our Geology" on Oct. 13 to kick off the weeklong tribute to earth sciences. The event is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the geological museum on the UW campus in Laramie, Wyoming.

Last year, more than 250 people attended and participated in activities ranging from rock ID kits with Wyoming "moon rocks" to a scavenger hunt. At the WSGS booth, participants learned about geologic time periods, using a Wyoming geologic map, and the various types of rocks that formed at those times.

Focus Days

There is 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 14 – Explore the world with this GPS scavenger hunt.

Earth Science Literacy Day October 15 – 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 16 – 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 16 – Engage students and teachers in remote sensing as an existing and powerful educational tool.

National Fossil Day October 17 – A day dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of fossils.

Geoscience for Everyone Day October 18 – Do your part to help young people from underrepresented communities explore exciting careers in the geosciences.

Geologic Map Day October 19 – 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 20 – Hosted by the Archaeological Institute of America, this special event is a celebration of archaeology and the thrill of discovery.

Photos of Earth Science Week 2016 activities held at libraries and schools around Wyoming can be viewed in the slideshow below.

Christina George (307) 766-2286 Ext. 231