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Geosciences Congressional Visit Days
The American Geosciences Institute (AGI), in collaboration with many other geoscience societies, invites geoscientists to come to Washington D.C. for the annual Geosciences Congressional Visits Days (GEO-CVD) on September 12-13, 2017. Decision makers need to hear from geoscientists. Join us and many of your colleagues for this two-day event uniting geoscience researchers, professionals, students, educators, engineers, and executives in Washington D.C. to raise visibility and support for the geosciences!
 
Geoscience students present family-friendly activities: the OmniGlobe, a fossil "dig", full size dinosaur skeleton, Earthquake safety, EmRiver stream simulator and Augmented Reality Sandbox. Beautiful mineral specimens for sale appropriate for gifts, teachers, kids, and serious collectors. Family Weekend visitors please join us! Free Parking nearby.
Saturday Oct 7, 2017
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
2062 Derring Hall, 926 West Campus Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24061
 
The eighth 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,  in Rolla, Mo., 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. http://dnr.mo.gov/pubs/pub2488.pdf
 
National Park Service
Celebrate National Fossil Day with the National Park Service. Click here to find National Fossil Day events near you.
 
The DMME Division of Geology and Mineral Resources is hosting two events this year at our Charlottesville office during Earth Science Week.  On Tuesday, October 10 at 12pm, David Spears will be giving a talk about recent geologic discoveries in Virginia.  On Thursday, October 12 at 2 pm, we’ll be screening the NOVA series episode “Making North America: Human” with follow-up discussion. 
 
Our mineral and rock displays (including a display featuring samples from the collection of Nancy Swygert) will also be open for viewing on both days.
See the attached files formore details: earthscienceweek2017pdf & earthscienceweekmovieposterpdf
We hope to see you all there!
 
Join us  for National Fossil Day, held during Earth Science Week, and enjoy a Statehouse Fossils Tour—a geology tour of the Statehouse with special guest Dale M. Gnidovic, Curator of the OSU Orton Geological Museum. Experts will discuss the "Building Stones of Capitol Square." To reserve a free spot, call 614-728-2130 or lstedke@csrab.state.oh.us                               
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Ohio Statehouse Map Room, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Downtown Columbus
 
For the contests, entries may be submitted any time up to the Friday of Earth Science Week, October 13, 2017. These contests allow both students and the general public to participate in the celebration, learn about Earth science, and compete for prizes. To learn more about these contests, including how to enter, visit online.
 
Learn about the study, uses, importance of geologic mapping for education, science, business, and a variety of public policy concerns. Special mapping exhibits will be on display at the Ed Clark Museum of Missouri Geology, 111 Fairgrounds Road in Rolla, Mo. Learn more about and download geologic maps.
 
Cleveland Museum of Natural History's 2017 Earth Science/Archaeology Day
Celebrate International Archaeology Day, Ohio Archaeology Month and National Earth Science Week with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. On Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 10 am-4 pm dig into archaeology, geology, mineralogy and more! Click here for more information.
 
Visit with our staff geologist at our educational booth at the Rock, Gem and Mineral Show held at the Expo Center, 635 E. St. Louis Street, Springfield, MO., sponsored by the Ozark Mountain Gem and Mineral Society.
 
This hike, led by USGS geologist Pete Modreski, will be jointly held for members of the Florissant Scientific Society (FSS) and anyone from the public who wants to join us.  The FSS is an informal group that holds monthly meetings or field trips, at varied locations anywhere in the Front Range area.
 
On this date, they will be meeting at the Dinosaur Ridge Visitors Center, 16831 W. Alameda Parkway, between Morrison, Golden, and Lakewood.  The group will meet first at 12 noon for a shared potluck lunch (anyone is welcome to join us for this)—meeting in the upstairs level of the “barn” at the Visitors Center.  After finishing lunch at about 1 p.m., we will say a few words about local geology, then drive to the Hayden Green Mountain Park trailhead on W. Alameda Parkway (opposite W. Florida Drive, about 2.5 miles east of the Visitors Center).  We'll hike up the trails to the top of Green Mountain, ultimately going to see some large petrified logs.The total (round trip) hiking distance will be a little less than 5 miles (it’s about 2.3 miles each way); if we begin the hike at about 1:30 p.m., we should be back by about 5:30.
 
We will not leave cars at Dinosaur Ridge, because the Visitors Center and parking lot close and are locked up at 5:00 p.m. For the final part of the hike to reach the petrified logs, we have a permit from Lakewood Parks & Recreation to follow a normally blocked-off "social trail" along a ridge top and to walk off the established trails. The trail climbs about 600 feet in elevation from the trailhead to the highest point we'll reach, by the radio tower. We'll then be descending about 250 feet to reach the sites of the petrified logs--so, counting the return trip, the total elevation climb will be about 850 feet.  On the way to Green Mountain, we'll look at the location of some of the geologic contacts we pass between the Visitors Center and the trailhead, including the approximate location of the K-T boundary.
 
Please note, if the trails on Green Mountain remain excessively muddy due to the snow that we had we will NOT do this hike; instead, we'll look at some of the newly observed fossil features along the road on Dinosaur Ridge.  However, the forecast for the rest of the week and weekend is sunny and dry, so it looks like the trails should be OK for our hike.
 
All who wish to come on this hike are welcome to join us. It is not necessary to register in advance, but for questions or directions or uncertainty about the weather conditions on the 15th, please call or email Pete Modreski, cell 720-205-2553, email pmodreski@usgs.gov (weekdays) or  pmodreski@aol.com (weekend).
 
In celebration of Maine Earth Science Day, the Maine State Museum is presenting a series of exhibits and demonstrations focusing on Maine’s geology and the products of the earth that contribute to our economy, education, and enjoyment. Scientists, industry professionals, artists, and educators from around the state will demonstrate new and exciting ways that earth science can help future generations meet the challenges of tomorrow.
Maine Earth Science Day is here for one day only, don’t miss out! Free Admission All Day! For a sampling of exhibitors, topics, and presenters, click here. To visit the Maine State Museum Website visit: http://www.mainestatemuseum.org/
Tuesday October 17, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
 
Millions of people will practice how to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” earthquake drill Thursday, Oct. 19 at 10:19 a.m. during this important earthquake drill. 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.
 
Missouri’s unique geological makeup and geographical landscape are featured at an exhibit along with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service’s "Earth from Space" exhibit. Geologic and topographic maps, aerial photography, and LiDAR and satellite imagery are on display. Stop by to see fascinating features of the Earth’s surface. Also on display are moon rocks from Apollo missions 11 and 17 that were given to the citizens of Missouri; the Lanton Meteorite, an iron meteorite found near the town of Lanton in Howell County; and more. 
The Elizabeth Rozier Gallery is inside the Union Hotel, located at 101 Jefferson Street in Jefferson City, Mo. The exhibits are on display through December 2, 2017. Visit this site for hours of operation: https://mostateparks.com/page/55183/elizabeth-rozier-gallery

 

USA Science & Engineering Festival
Past Expo Date:  April 16 & 17, 2016
Next Expo Date: April 7 & 8, 2018                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The fifth USA Science & Engineering Festival will inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers with school programs and nationwide contests throughout the 2017/2018 school year and a finale Expo in Washington DC on April 7 & 8, 2018. Explore 3,000 hands-on exhibits from the world’s leading scientific and engineering societies, universities, government agencies, high-tech corporations and STEM organizations. For more information on all Festival events and how you can get involved, visit: http://usasciencefestival.org/

State Events
 
Each state geological survey may also be sponsoring events. Check their web sites for the latest information.

Is your organization participating in or supporting Earth Science Week? We would love to know what you are doing. Please contact us so that we may update our list.