The California Geological Survey invites you to participate in a week full of Earth Science, fossils, geologic maps
and the Great ShakeOut earthquake drill!

Earth Science Week Events  

  Earth Science Week - October 12-18, 2014 – Take part in Earth Science Week 2014! “Earth's Connected Systems,” the theme of ESW 2014, engages young people and others in processes. By deepening our understanding of interactions of Earth systems -- geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere -- Earth science helps us manage our greatest challenges and make the most of vital opportunities. The American Geosciences Institute has a website packed full of information and online resources.
Download a calendar of earth science activities and historical events!
Lots of classroom activities listed by grade and topic:
Also see additional learning activities from the calendar on caves, earthquakes, and fossils:
  National Fossil Day - October 15, 2014 is a celebration 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!
The website below contains partner sponsored events, but there are many other local, unaffiliated, or guided fossil events that can be discovered elsewhere on the internet. Check the websites of your local community calendar, college, university, museum, or geologic society to see what they may be offering.
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 16, 2014 at 10:16 AM.  Join 9+ million Californians who will Drop, Cover, and Hold On in the 2014 Great California ShakeOut! Learn more about earthquake safety and preparedness. Sign up to participate! And definitely, spread the word!  (
Learn more about California earthquakes here:
  Celebrate Geologic Map Day – October 17, 2014!
As part of the ongoing Earth Science Week 2014 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: (

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:


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:

Additional Earth Science Week Ideas