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Earth Science Week at FHSU Geosciences!

As part of the nation wide Earth Science awareness campaign FHSU Department of Geosciences hosts events and contests throughout the month of October


Earth Science Week 2017
Schedule of Events and Activities


"Earth and Human Activity"



Geosciences Photography Contest: October 8-November 26

Categories are: Ecology, Geology, Water, Weather, and the special categories for 2017 is 'Earth and Human Activity' and the "Geography of Civil Rights". Photography Contest is open to anyone.

Visit the photography contest entry page for contest information and to submit entries.



Sunday, Oct. 8 International Earthcache Day - Go Earthcaching!

Take a break, get out, and have fun exploring Kansas while celebrating International EarthCaching Day! Check out for some great adventure ideas. Take a selfie with your find and share your adventures with us on social media

  • Facebook 'Geosciences at FHSU'
  • Twitter @GeoFHSU
  • SnapChat 'FHSUgeosciences'


Monday, Oct. 9 Earth Science Literacy Day

Wheel of Geosciences 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Memorial Union

What do you know about Geosciences, Earth Science, and Human-Earth Interaction? Stop by our booth at the Memorial Union to test your knowledge and win sweets. Don't forget to swipe your TigerCard!

Special Guest Presentation 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Tomanek Hall 112

"Museum Objects and the Government, or, How Big Brother Kept me Busy for Nine Months"

Special guest and FHSU Geosciences Alumna Jessica Barnett will be hosting a special presentation of interest for students, faculty, and staff.

From Congress people to community comments, Jessica spent most of the last year in Washington, DC, where she learned the ins and outs of museum politics, collections management, and data analysis. Over the last nine months, she's worked alongside professionals in all levels of government, at both the Department of the Interior and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Jessica will discuss the projects she completed, the environment she worked in, tips for applying for government positions, and even how to avoid road rage while sitting in traffic.


Tuesday, Oct. 10 Earth Observation Day

Enjoy the Outdoors, Class Challenge

All faculty are CHALLENGED to hold classes outside today. Students, you can encourage your instructors to participate too! Document your adventure teaching outdoors with a picture sent to any FHSU Geosciences social media accounts. Participating faculty entered to win a small appreciation prize.

  • Facebook 'Geosciences at FHSU'
  • Twitter @GeoFHSU
  • SnapChat FHSUgeosciences

Movie Night 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Tomanek Hall 225

Join us for a fun night with movie and popcorn as we close out Earth Observation Day with a dramatic movie to get us thinking about how we may be affecting the earth and our future survival.


Wednesday, Oct. 11 National Fossil Day

Schedule ahead to visit the Sternberg Museum today Wednesday, Oct. 11 or Saturday, Oct 14th, to celebrate National Fossil Day.
A variety of activities will be offered as well as FREE admission to the Sternberg Museum, 3000 Sternberg Drive, on Saturday, October 14th.


Thursday, Oct. 12 Geoscience for Everyone Day

Geo-Social 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm On the Rocks, 507 W. 7th

Join other geoscience enthusiasts beginning at 5:30 PM for dinner and intellectual conversations about geology, geography, and other earth science topics. Dinner and drinks are on your own, but conversation will be free flowing.


Friday, Oct. 13 Geologic Map Day

Geo Awareness Campus Scavenger Hunt 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Take a stroll across campus on a Geo Awareness Campus Scavenger Hunt as we focus on several aspects of earth science and share some fun facts. The first clue will be located in the main Geosciences Office, Tomanek Hall 233. Connect to us through our new SnapChat account FHSUGeosciences and take photos at each found location to be entered into our drawing!.



Saturday, Oct. 14

Visit the Sternberg Museum for the final day of Earth Science Week. A variety of activities will be offered in honor of National Fossil Day, and admission is FREE all day. Visit the museum website for information on activities and current exhibits


What is Earth Science Week and Why celebrate?

The American Geological Institute established Earth Sciences Week in 1998 to raise awareness of the geosciences and their importance to society. It is supported by the US Geological survey, NASA, NOAA, the National Park Service, and the AAPG Foundation.

"What does it mean to see the world through eyes informed by the geosciences? Earth scientists use many types of visualizations - graphic representations of data and information - to show what we know about how our planet's geosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere interact. Earth Science Week 2015 focuses on the theme of 'Visualizing Earth Systems', exploring visualization methods ranging from traditional charts, graphs, diagrams, illustrations, and still images to videos, computer-generated animations, and 3D-printed creations. The celebration's learning resources and activities are engaging young people and others in investigating many ways of visualizing Earth systems."
-Geoff Camphire, Manager, Outreach Programs, American Geological Institute

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