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


Earth Science Events

Earth Science Week - October 14-20, 2012 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. (





National Fossil Day - October 17, 2012 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. (

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 18 at 10:18 AM. Join millions of people who will Drop, Cover, and Hold On in the 2012 Great California ShakeOut! Learn more about earthquake safety and preparedness. Sign up and check out who else is participating! And definitely, spread the word! (


Celebrate the first annual Geologic Map Day – October 19, 2012!
( As part of the ongoing Earth Science Week 2012 activities, the American Geosciences Institute (AGI), the Association of American State Geologists (AASG), 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, click here (

The following CGS’s maps are viewable online with Google map, satellite, or terrain backgrounds: State Geologic Map, Fault Activity Map, and Tsunami Inundation. Links to all other CGS geologic maps are also available.


Additional Earth Science Week Ideas



National Fossil Day Events in California

The Paleontology Society of the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park®

"Anza-Borrego and the Great American Biotic Interchange"
October 27 from 1-4pm and October 28 from 9-noon
Meet at the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Visitors Center for a short guided walk to the Stout Research Center

Celebrate National Fossil Day at our Open House, "Anza-Borrego and the Great American Biotic Interchange". Why do we find the same shells in the Caribbean and the Anza-Borrego Desert? How did the giant ground sloth get this far north? What does the fossil record tell us? Could plate tectonics or climate change, play a role? Clues to the Great American Biotic Interchange (GABI) from our fossil collection will be on special exhibit. The sediments at Anza-Borrego span the entire length of time during which GABI occurred and our fossil collection records the history of that event. Tour our working paleontology preparation laboratory and Research Center's paleontology collection hall with Paleontology Society volunteers.
For more information about the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park® paleontology and geology, visit us at

Fossil Discovery Center of Madera County

Second Annual Fossil Day - San Joaquin Valley Paleontological Society
October 20

Our event will include guided tours of the Museum, a display of hominid replica skulls, California native animals from Chaffee Zoo, and a petrified wood display. We will also have an atlatl competition and primitive skills demonstrations.

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Dr. John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center

The Cooper Center presents: Prehistoric OC
Date & Time: Saturday, October 13, 2012 - 11:00am - 3:00pm
Location: 8800 Rosecrans ave. Buena Park, CA 90621

Event Description: Prehistoric OC is a FREE event dedicated to Orange County's rich history, prehistory and Native American culture, as shown by actual fossils and artifacts. This inaugural event will be fun for both young and old and will foster a sense of pride and respect for Orange County's natural and cultural resources.There will be a number of activities for all ages including archaeological and paleontological demonstrations and exhibits, a free photo booth, as well as fun, educational crafts and hands-on activities. Attendees will also be able to interact with many of the actual Cooper Center and CSUF scientists that work on the collection and around Orange County. The Clark Park Paleontology Museum will host guided tours to showcase its extensive fossil collection from Orange County. The fossil prep lab will also be open so visitors can see paleontologists in action! Jurassic Con will also be on hand exhibiting many of the actual props from the Jurassic Park films! For more information, please check out our Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages.

The Page Museum and La Brea Tar Pits

National Fossil Day at the Page Museum
Oct 13, 2012, 10:30 am - 3:30 pm

Fossils preserve evidence of ancient life and our paleontologists are working hard to preserve these treasures for future generations. Join us to meet our scientists who work with fossils and see some of the best preserved specimens from our collections. We're also inviting guests to bring their mystery fossils and have them identified by one of our scientists. More info on our National Fossil Day:

Junior Scientist: National Fossil Day
Saturday, October 13, 2012; 10:30 am and 1:30 pm

Page Museum (Check-in near Admissions Desk)
Fossils preserve evidence of ancient life, and the paleontologists at the Natural History Museum and Page Museum are working hard to preserve these treasures for future generations. Join us at National Fossil Day to learn about the fossils we unearth right here in Los Angeles and become a Junior Paleontologist! More info on Junior Scientist:

Santa Ana Zoo

Prehistoric Day @ the Santa Ana Zoo
Sponsored by The Dr. John D. Cooper Archaeological & Paleontological Center & the Santa Ana Zoo
Sunday, October 7, 2012 - 11:00am - 3:00pm
Location: Santa Ana Zoo 1801 E. Chestnut Avenue Santa Ana , CA 92701

The Cooper Center is so excited about National Fossil Day and National Archaeology Day, we decided to celebrate it twice with a special event at the Santa Ana Zoo! Come to Prehistoric Day to see and touch real fossils and artifacts from all around Orange County. Learn how real paleontologists and archaeologists dig for fossils. Explore the wonderful animals that still roam the earth today.

Be sure to check out the Cooper Center Archaeo Lab Facebook page, twitter, and the Cooper Channel for upcoming information about the event.

University of California-Riverside, Department of Earth Sciences

Refresh Riverside Climate & Sustainability Fair
October 13, 2012, 10 am - 3 pm
UC Riverside Bell Tower, 900 University Ave, Riverside, California

Free admission! Refresh Riverside is educational day of fun for the whole family! At the fair, you can expect to visit a variety of booths to learn about the science of climate change and importance of living sustainability. Every booth has a mix of educational information, games and activities. After visiting the booths, you will receive tickets for free Rubios food, as well as a variety of other prizes and freebies. Free parking in UCR Lot 1.