Earth Science Outreach

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"Earth Materials in Our Lives"

An Online Experience | October 11- 17, 2020


This year’s event emphasizes the ways Earth materials impact humans, and the way human activity impacts these materials - in the 21st century.

Due to COVID restrictions, Earth Science Week will not be held at the Houston Museum of Natural Science this year, but instead celebrated online with links to various media each day of the week. 

We will provide links to videos, field trips, etc. that engage young people and others in exploring the relationship between Earth materials and people. Each day of Earth Science week will focus on a different geoscience.


Sunday, October 11 - Earth Science Week Information

AGI Earth Science Week Information Website

Click below to watch the AGI Earth Science Week video!


Monday, October 12 - Switch Energy Project Documentaries

Switch – Documentary film about global energy: explores world’s energy sites from coal to solar, oil to biofuels, including discussions with energy leaders. Click below to watch!

Switch On – Journey to bring energy to the developing world. Click below to watch!


Tuesday, October 13 - Geoscience Career Profiles and Presentation

AWG Geoscience Career Profiles

Click below to watch the AGI Careers in Geoscience Presentation!


Wednesday, October 14 - National Fossil Day

Click below to view media!

Green River Shale: Geology, Energy, Source, Fossils

Photos of Green River Fossils

Scientific Collection of Preparation of Fossils

Fossil Preparation - Time Lapse: Start to Finish


Thursday, October 15 - Minerals in Our Lives

Mineral Uses

Mineral Games and Activities - click below to play!


Friday, October 16 - Houston Geological Society: Field Trip Fridays

Click below to view videos of HGS field trips!

Grand Canyon

Big Island of Hawaii

Death Valley


Saturday, October 17 - International Archaeology Day

Click below to view the event site!



Earth Science Week promotes the understanding and appreciation of the value of Earth Science research and its appreciation and relevance to our daily lives.  The Houston Geological Society is honored to join in this celebration that is organized nationally by AGI each year.

• 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.

This event provides a lot of opportunities for our members to give back to the community and share our passion for science.   If you would like to take part, please contact the Earth Science Committee Chair Sharon Choens.


2017 Field Trip Downloads:

Panther Creek Field Guide
Directions to Panther Creek Field Trip
Student 2-page Field Guide
Field Activity Risk Hazard
Field Trip Waiver
20 page Student version - Panther Creek Guide
General version - Panther Creek Guide

2015 Field Trip Downloads:

HGS 2015 Salt Dome Field Trip Poster
HGS 2015 Sea Level Field Trip Poster
McFaddin Beach Trip Information


Earth Science Week: Art, Essay, and Multimedia Contest

 more information can be found at