Earth Science Week is an international event which takes place during the second full week of October. It has been observed since 1998 to help people gain a better understanding of the Earth Sciences and encourage stewardship of the Earth. This year, Earth Science Week is highlighting the relationship between human activity and its effect on the world around them including the earth, the water, the air and the biosphere.
The aim, on this the 20th anniversary, is to engage young people in activities to help them better understand the ways people affect their environment. A variety of contests in which various media are used to express this human interaction with earth systems are being sponsored.
Throughout the week focus is being placed on specific themes:
Sunday, October 8
International Earthcache Day. Explore the world with this GPS scavenger hunt!
Monday, October 9
Earth Science Literacy Day. Learn the fundamentals of geosciences with Earth Science: Big Idea, a video series developed to explain why Earth science literacy is important.
Tuesday, October 10
No Child Left Inside Day. NCLI Day encourages students to go outside and research Earth science in the field like a professional geoscientist.
Earth Observation Day. Engage students and teachers in remote sensing as an exciting and powerful educational tool.
Wednesday, October 11
National Fossil Day. The fifth annual National Fossil Day is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of fossils.
Thursday, October 12
Geoscience for Everyone Day. Do your part to help young people from underrepresented communities explore exciting careers in the geosciences.
Friday, October 13
Geologic Map Day. Hosted by the U.S. Geological Survey, Association of American State Geologists, National Park Service, Geological Society of America, and Esri in partnership with AGI, this special event promotes awareness of the study, uses, importance of geologic mapping for education, science, business, and a variety of public policy concerns.
Saturday, October 14
International Archaeology Day. Hosted by the Archaeological Institute of America, this special event is a celebration of archaeology and the thrill of discovery.
Earth’s geological structures and landscapes hold the history of our planet and the forces that formed it. Earth Sciences are our window into the knowledge and understanding of these memories. UNESCO has now initiated a programme where Geoparks are being established in areas around the world of geological significance. Stonehammer in southern New Brunswick is the first such park in North America and encompasses a billion years of the Earth’s history, from late Precambrian time to the most recent ice age.
This Earth Science Week try and explore a new area where you live and see if you can discover any previously unnoticed points of geological interest.