Earth Science Week

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Earth Sciences Week is a yearly event run by the American Geosciences Institute to promote the knowledge of Earth sciences at local, state, national, and international levels. It is typically held in the second week of October. The 2018 date is October 14-20. [1]

The events are partially funded and sponsored by the USGS, the National Park Service, and the NOAA.

Earth Science Week objectives[edit]

  • To engage students in discovering the Earth sciences.
  • To remind people that Earth science is all around us.
  • To encourage Earth stewardship through understanding.
  • To motivate geoscientists to share their knowledge and enthusiasm about the Earth.

Web resources[edit]

The Earth Science Week website is updated regularly to reflect the new theme, contests, proclamations, events, and classroom activities for each year’s Earth Science Week.


The Earth Science Week website maintains a listing of groups in the Earth Science World Network, as well as a state-by-state listing of Earth Science Week events. These events are sponsored by member societies, state geological surveys, colleges and universities, public and private schools, museums, parks, and other organizations and businesses with interests in Earth Science.


Earth Science Week Toolkits feature AGI’s traditional event poster and school-year calendar showcasing geoscience careers, classroom investigations, and important dates of Earth science events. Also included are posters, flyers, electronic disks, bookmarks, and activities from AGI and its member societies and sponsors. Toolkits are distributed to state geological surveys, Earth Science Week sponsors and may be purchased through the ESW website.

National contests[edit]

AGI has held national contests in connection with Earth Science Week for five consecutive years. The contests are designed to encourage K-12 students, teachers, and the general public to get involved in the celebration by exploring artistic and academic applications of Earth science.

There are three mediums in which contests are held: Photography, Visual Arts, and Essay. Each contest explores a new theme every year; past themes have included "People Discovering Earth's Treasures" and "Extreme Earth Science" for Photography, "Changing Earth" and "Earth Science in Your Home Town" for Visual Arts, and "Be A Citizen Scientist" and "Studying the Active Earth" for Essays.

Official proclamations[edit]

The Association of American State Geologists adopted a resolution designating the second full week of October as Earth Science Week. In July, 1998, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) read a statement containing this resolution into the Congressional Record. In 2002, AASG passed a motion to reaffirm their support of Earth Science Week.

AGI currently works with each state geological survey to encourage proclamations to be made on the state and national level for each year's Earth Science Week.

Seven states have issued perpetual proclamations: Alaska, Delaware, Illinois, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and South Dakota.

Presidential recognition[edit]

AGI has obtained Presidential proclamations for Earth Science Week in past years from Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.


Earth Science Week releases a monthly Update Newsletter to teacher, student, and geoscientist subscribers. This electronic newsletter keeps planners and participants up-to-date on Earth Science Week planning at the national level and encourages participation in local areas.


  • 2002: Water Is All Around Us
  • 2003: Eyes on Planet Earth: Monitoring Our Changing World
  • 2004: Living on a Restless Earth: Natural Hazards and Mitigation
  • 2005: Geoscientists Explore the Earth
  • 2006: Be a Citizen Scientist!
  • 2007: The Pulse of Earth Science
  • 2008: No Child Left Inside
  • 2009: Understanding Climate
  • 2010: Exploring Energy
  • 2011: Our Ever-Changing Earth
  • 2012: Exploring Careers in the Earth Sciences
  • 2013: Mapping Our World
  • 2014: Earth's Connected Systems
  • 2015: Visualizing Earth Systems
  • 2016: Our Shared Geoheritage
  • 2017: Earth and Human Activity
  • 2018: Earth as Inspiration

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