Earth Science Week Update May 2013

American Geosciences Institute
Vol. 11, No. 5: May 2013


Earth Science Week 2013
Toolkit: Pre-Order Today!

Earth Science Week 2013 Toolkits are available for advance orders now! The kit contains everything you need to prepare for Earth Science Week (October 13-19, 2013), which celebrates the theme “Mapping Our World.”

To ensure that you are among the first to receive these exciting educational resources, order yours today. The Earth Science Week 2013 Toolkit includes:

* A 12-month school-year activity calendar, suitable for hanging
* The new Earth Science Week poster, including a learning activity
* National Park Service items on geologic maps of national parks
* NASA education materials on map technologies and resources
* A poster on careers in mapping and GIS from Esri
* A DVD of the Switch Energy Project documentary on energy
* A genuine field notebook from Rite in the Rain
* A poster on how GPS works from NOAA
* Educational material from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
* Energy4Me material on energy science
* A poster on minerals that make up our world
* A soil science poster from Soil Science Society of America
* A dinosaurs flyer from Bureau of Land Management
* Brochures, bookmarks, fact sheets, postcards, and more

The Toolkit will ship beginning in August 2013. Bulk discounts are available for orders of 10 or more. For ordering, special shipping, bulk orders, and more information, visit or phone AGI Publications at 703-379-2480.

Make Connections With
Earth Science Organizations

Want to organize a field trip or a classroom presentation led by a professional geoscientist for Earth Science Week? Start preparing by networking with local scientists, professors, employers, nonprofit representatives, environmental educators, and government leaders in the geosciences!

To facilitate partnerships between educators and others in the Earth science community, AGI has launched the Earth Science Organizations (ESO) database. ESO’s national map pinpoints local contacts for AGI member societies, state geological surveys, agencies such as USGS and NASA, universities offering geology programs, parks, museums, and other Earth science groups.

Don’t wait until autumn. Now is the time to reach out to potential partners and invite them to collaborate during Earth Science Week 2013 (October 13-19). Use this online tool ( to identify potential geoscience partners near you, access relevant information, and network with colleagues. To recommend an organization (or have one removed), contact AGI’s Filla Baliwag (

Chart a Course for
National Fossil Day 2013

Time travel is in your future! The National Park Service and AGI are collaborating to kick off the fourth annual National Fossil Day during Earth Science Week 2013. On Wednesday, October 16, you and your students can participate in events and activities taking place across the country at parks, in classrooms, and online.

Ever look at a fossil and see into the past? Understand why paleontologists protect the locations where fossils are found? Know what fossils can tell you about climate change? National Fossil Day resources and activities help you answer these questions, celebrating the scientific and educational value of fossils, paleontology, and the importance of preserving fossils for future generations.

Look for fossil-themed activities and materials in the Earth Science Week 2013 Toolkit. And stay up to date on emerging resources and events through the National Fossil Day web site at

Ponder Paleontology
Through PRI’s Resources

The Paleontological Research Institution (PRI), an AGI member society, isn’t just a natural history museum based in Ithaca, New York. PRI offers many education materials and opportunities for science teachers and students at all grade levels.

The online “Teacher Friendly Guide” gives brief geologic histories of every region of the United States. Also available online are photos and descriptions of the museum’s fossil collections. Since 2003, PRI has offered the Museum of the Earth, which focuses on all of Earth’s history and its life forms, with particular focus on the Northeastern United States.

Additionally, PRI has programs in research, publications, collections, and public outreach. Its paleontological research journal, “Bulletins of American Paleontology,” first published in 1895, is the oldest in the Western Hemisphere. For more information, email The museum’s web site is a great place to learn about paleontology, geology, and the Earth. Check it out (

New Video Series:

What’s new for teachers from the American Geophysical Union (AGU)? The Earth Science Week partner has launched a video series entitled “Live Education Activity Resource Network (LEARN) With AGU.”

This series of short Earth and space science-related videos for K-12 educators gives you the tools you need to try new hands-on activities with your students, complete with teacher guides and other resources.

The five videos currently on the site were recorded at the Geophysical Information For Teachers (GIFT) workshop at the AGU 2012 Fall Meeting. See LEARN With AGU online (

AGI Survey Gauges
Impact of Sequester

On March 1 the federal government’s discretionary spending accounts were cut by $85 billion through the rest of the fiscal year. These across-the-board spending reductions, known as “the sequester,” were first proposed in 2011 as a penalty so severe they would force Congress to work together to solve the nation’s deficit woes. But no agreement on replacement cuts or additional revenue was made in time to avoid the sequester.

To assess the sequester’s effects on the geosciences, AGI is administering weekly surveys on professionals’ experiences with the sequester. Your responses can help provide valuable insights and real-life reports about how the sequester is - or is not - affecting geoscientists’ ability to address the nation’s critical needs. To participate in the survey, please visit

Reaching Out to
Spanish-Speaking Students

Many geoscience educators have distributed AGI’s “Why Earth Science?” brochure to promote awareness of the importance of Earth science in K-12 education over the years. To ensure that this vital message reaches the widest possible audience, AGI has translated the publication into Spanish.

The geoscience community encourages minority participation. America’s more than 40 million Hispanics comprise the nation’s largest race or ethnic minority, a population that is rapidly growing. What’s more, most Hispanics ages five and up speak Spanish at home, says the U.S. Census Bureau.

“Why Earth Science?” explains the importance of Earth science education for success in school, careers, informed decision-making, and civic engagement. English and Spanish versions of the brochure also are available online as downloadable files at

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Become a Proud Sponsor
Of Earth Science Week

Would your organization like to join longstanding sponsors such as the U.S. Geological Survey, NASA, the National Park Service, the AAPG Foundation, the American Geophysical Union, and Esri in supporting Earth Science Week? If so, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to this year’s campaign as a program sponsor.

A number of leading geoscience organizations recently have joined the ranks of Earth Science Week sponsors, including National Geographic; the Geological Society of America; the Association of American State Geologists; and the Society of Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration.

Reaching more than 50 million people a year, Earth Science Week is the geoscience community’s premier outreach campaign, promoting awareness of Earth science among audiences such as science educators, students, and professionals. Program Sponsors receive visibility through recognition on Earth Science Week’s web site, poster, kit, and other materials. To learn more, please visit

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Visit Your Nearby
National Wildlife Refuge

Overlapping Earth Science Week this year, National Wildlife Refuge Week also is being held October 13-19, 2013. The event celebrates the richness of the 550 units that make up America’s National Wildlife Refuge System.

Whether you prefer to study Earth science firsthand, admire the fall colors, thrill to a sky full of migratory birds, explore a mountain trail, or learn about the cultural resources that are part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s conservation mission, you can find what you like at a National Wildlife Refuge.

Sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, an Earth Science Week partner, this week focuses on lands and waters where wildlife and habitats are under federal protection. For information and educational resources, see online. Got to the National Wildlife Refuge Locator’s map at to find refuges near you.

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Map Your Path to an
Earth Science Career

Earth Science Week can help you explore career opportunities in the geosciences. If you became an Earth scientist, for example, what would you actually do? What funds are available to help pay for your studies? How could you get real-world work experience while still a student?

For the answers to questions like these, look no further than “Geoscience Career, Scholarship, and Internship Resources.” This recent addition to the Earth Science Week web site can help you learn how to build a geoscience career - in fields such as oceanography, paleontology, seismology, mineralogy, meteorology, geophysics, petroleum geology, environmental science, and space science.

The site includes dozens of links to online resources offered by AGI member societies, program partners, and other governmental, corporate, and nonprofit organizations in the geoscience community. To learn more, visit

The American Geosciences Institute is a nonprofit federation of 50 geoscientific and professional associations that represents more than 250,000 geologists, geophysicists and other earth scientists. Founded in 1948, AGI provides information services to geoscientists, serves as a voice of shared interests in the profession, plays a major role in strengthening geoscience education, and strives to increase public awareness of the vital role the geosciences play in society’s use of resources, resiliency to natural hazards, and interaction with the environment. For contact information, please visit

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