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  Earth Science Week - October 13-19, 2013 encourages everyone to explore the natural world and learn more about the geosciences.  There is much to explore on the American Geosciences Institute website including links to activities, ideas and events.   (http://www.earthsciweek.org/index.html)
  National Fossil Day - October 16, 2013 is a celebration to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational value. As a part of Earth Science Week, it is a partnership of the National Park Service and the American Geosciences Institute bringing you lots of activities, events, and resources to explore! See the list of California fossil events posted below.   (http://nature.nps.gov/geology/nationalfossilday/events.cfm#CA)
Did you know the California State Fossil is the Sabertoothed Cat? Find out more about our own long-toothed antiquity on our CGS Note page by clicking on the links to Note 13 and Note 51. Also, check out our State Gem, Mineral and Rock Notes as well!
  The Great California ShakeOut – October 17, 2013 at 10:17 AM.  Join millions of people who will Drop, Cover, and Hold On in the 2013 Great California ShakeOut! Learn more about earthquake safety and preparedness. Sign up to participate! And definitely, spread the word!  (http://www.shakeout.org/california/)
  Celebrate Geologic Map Day – October 18, 2013!
As part of the ongoing Earth Science Week 2013 activities, Geologic Map Day 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.
The American Geosciences Institute (AGI), the Association of American State Geologists (AASG), National Park Service (NPS), Geological Society of America (GSA), Esri, and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have united to promote the importance of geologic mapping to society. For ideas, check out the AGI’s Geologic Map Day Resources page: (http://www.earthsciweek.org/geologicmap/)  
  And what better place to explore geologic maps is there than the California Geological Survey (CGS) website?  For a downloadable page or poster size geologic or fault map of California: (http://www.conservation.ca.gov/cgs/information/Pages/EdResCenter.aspx)

Many of CGS’s maps are viewable online with Google map, satellite, or terrain backgrounds. For these and other links to the CGS maps click here: http://www.conservation.ca.gov/cgs/maps/Pages/Maps.aspx

Additional Earth Science Week Ideas

• CGS Kids GeoZone Activities
   http://www.conservation.ca.gov/cgs/information/kids_geozone/Pages/Index.aspx
• CGS California Geotour
   http://www.conservation.ca.gov/cgs/geotour/Pages/Index.aspx
• Earthquakes this week in California and Nevada
   http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqscanv/

 National Fossil Day Events in California
 Fossil Discovery Center of Madera County 
Date & Time: Saturday, October 19th, 9am to 4pm
Location: 19450 Ave 21 1/2 Chowcilla, CA 93610
Celebrating National Fossil Day and our 3 year anniversary. New exhibits including microfossils, plant and insect fossils, atlatl throwing, geology display, free "Mock Dig" for kids, demonstrations of the fossil screen washing machine, and more!
  Dr. John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center
Prehistoric OC
Contact: Cooper Center, 714-647-2100
Date & Time: October 12, 2013, 10am to 3pm
Location: Ralph B. Clark Park, Buena Park, CA
Event Description: Family fun and adventures in Prehistoric OC. Fossils and artifacts on display, activities for all ages, kids events, volcanoes, Jurassic Park exhibit, Native American activities and display booths, food, reed Native American houses and boats on the lake, the Los Coyotes Museum of Paleontology with ancient mammals, giant sharks, and other animals and plants on view. Talks about fossils and Native Americans. We celebrate National Fossil Day and National Archaeology Day at Prehistoric OC!
  Check NPS link for more added events:
        http://nature.nps.gov/geology/nationalfossilday/events.cfm#CA