USGS - science for a changing world

USGS Education

The USGS and Science Education

The U.S. Geological Survey provides scientific information intended to help educate the public about natural resources, natural hazards, geospatial data, and issues that affect our quality of life. Discover selected online resources, including lessons, data, maps, and more, to support teaching, learning, education (K-12), and university-level inquiry and research.

What's New, What's Happening Educational Resources Of Special Interest

Featured Topic

Thumbnail of Southern Appalachian geologic mapGeology of the Southern Appalachian Mountains

Created for use in high school and college classrooms, this new double-sided USGS map consists of a geologic map, photographs of geologic features, diagrams of plate movement, and more. The map is companion to the DVD and Teachers Guide The Southern Appalachians, a Changing World and the brochure Birth of the Mountains. All product information is summarized in a pdf file.

Featured Topics Archive

USGS Educational Resources For Primary Grades Grades K-6

USGS Educational Resources For Secondary Grades Grades 7-12

USGS Educational Resources For Undergraduate Education Community Colleges and Universities

USGS Resources For California's Education Standards (K-12)
This Web site links selected online resources to an established list of Science and History-Social Science content standards for California.

Schoolyard Geology
Activities and examples of ways to turn a "field trip" through your own schoolyard into a rich geologic experience.

The "GIS Lab"
Lessons, data, and information about using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial analysis in education.

The "GPS Class"
Lessons and information about using Global Positioning Systems (GPS) in education.

USGS Publications
Search database of over 69,000 USGS maps, books, and other publications.

USGS Store
Use the USGS Store to browse and purchase paper maps and other products that are popular with educators. Just enter the Store and click on "Education Products" (teacher discounts are available). Also download free digital topographic maps by clicking on "Map Locator".

USGS Photo and Image Collections
A comprehensive list of USGS photos and images for public use.

Can't find the information you need? Send your question to Ask USGS or call 1-888-ASK-USGS (1-888-275-8747). For questions related to geology only, receive a personal response from a USGS scientist by contacting Ask-A-Geologist.

Thumbnail of the CoreCast cover artUSGS CoreCast! The New USGS Podcast Series!
USGS CoreCast brings you straight science insight on natural hazards; climate change; satellite imagery and monitoring; water quality; human health and wildlife disease; and much more. It's natural science from the inside out.

Educational Videos and Animations
A collection of USGS videos and animations covering a wide range of science.

Videotaped Lectures
A compilation of USGS videotaped lectures.

Find A Map!
Links to popular USGS map resources and map databases, including the: The National Map, and The National Atlas.

Our Changing Planet
Think that geography is just memorizing state capitals? With these USGS resources and lessons, you'll be investigating our changing planet!

Careers in Science
Web resources and videos about USGS Science and Careers.

Internships, Employment Opportunities, and Research Grants
See what opportunities are available for undergraduate and graduate students, and faculty to participate in USGS science.

USGS Education Resource for Teachers
Incorporate USGS science in lesson-planning with help from this convenient handout.

Get Outdoors, It's Yours!
Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne and the Jonas Brothers present a web cast on the importance of getting outdoors (click on "Message From The Jonas Brothers" under the picture.) Explore the links to Department of the Interior lands, National Park web cams, and activities just for kids!

Earth Science Week 2008
Young people across the Nation turned off their televisions and shut down their computers to get out of doors in celebration of Earth Science Week 2008: "No Child Left Inside," October 12-18, 2008. See how the USGS celebrated Earth Science Week across the country on our Earth Science Week Resource page.

Get Involved - The National Phenology Network
The National Phenology Network (NPN) studies the seasonal timing of cyclical events in plants and animals, which are sensitive measures of climatic variation and change. The NPN offers a growing number of ways that citizens and students can get involved in large-scale phenological observations.

Geology in Action
Watch the growth of the lava dome in the Mount St. Helens crater from 2004 - 2008 in this time-lapse movie (scroll down to 2008). The dome grew at an average rate of 0.14 cubic yards per second!


Accessibility FOIA Privacy Policies and Notices

Take Pride in America logo logo U.S. Department of the Interior | U.S. Geological Survey
Page Contact Information: USGS Education Web Team
Page Last Modified: Tuesday, 06-Jan-2009 15:23:41 EST