Earth Science Week will be held from October 9-15
October 6, 2016
Since October 1998, the American Geosciences Institute has organized this national and international event to help the public gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Earth Sciences and to encourage stewardship of the Earth. This year's Earth Science Week will be held from October 9-15, 2016 and will celebrate the theme "Our Shared Geoheritage." Geoheritage is the collection of natural wonders, landforms, and resources that have formed over eons and come to this generation to manage, use, and conserve effectively. Geoheritage locations are valued for many reasons, including scientific, economic, ecological, educational, cultural, aesthetic, artistic, and recreational purposes.
Earth Science Week 2016 learning resources and activities engage young people and others in exploring geoheritage throughout the Earth systems, including the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere. This theme promotes public understanding and stewardship in many areas, including Earth science, energy, paleontology, water quality, conservation, and climate science.
Earth Science Week is happy to annouce special days focusing on specific themes during the week-long celebration, October 9-15, 2016.
Sunday, October 9
International Earthcache Day. Explore the world with this GPS scavenger hunt!
Monday, October 10
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.
Tuesday, October 11
No Child Left Inside Day. NCLI Day encourages students to go outside and research Earth science in the field like a professional geoscientist.
Earth Observation Day. Engage students and teachers in remote sensing as an exciting and powerful educational tool.
Wednesday, October 12
National Fossil Day. The fifth annual National Fossil Day is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of fossils.
Thursday, October 13
Geoscience for Everyone Day. Do your part to help young people from underrepresented communities explore exciting careers in the geosciences.
Friday, October 14
Geologic Map Day. Hosted by the U.S. Geological Survey, Association of American State Geologists, National Park Service, Geological Society of America, and Esri in partnership with AGI, this special event promotes awareness of the study, uses, importance of geologic mapping for education, science, business, and a variety of public policy concerns.
Saturday, October 15
International Archaeology Day. Hosted by the Archaeological Institute of America, this special event is a celebration of archaeology and the thrill of discovery.
- To engage students in discovering the Earth sciences.
- To remind people that Earth science is all around us.
- To encourage Earth stewardship through understanding.
- To motivate geoscientists to share their knowledge and enthusiasm about the Earth.
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