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Florida Geological Survey

Educational Outreach

Jim Ladner explaining the Coastal Program at Earth Science Day The Florida Geological Survey maintains an active Education and Outreach Program in keeping with its mission to collect, interpret, and provide objective quality geologic information about Florida. Florida’s geology is unique; topics that may be explored from this portal provide an exciting introduction to our fascinating and fragile natural heritage. Videos available to teachers make the sometimes unusual and often wonderful world of Florida geology easily accessible to students. In addition, the FGS hosts an annual Open House in celebration of Earth Science Week that features tours of our facility and interactive earth science activities for students from ages K-12. Home schooling parents and their children are our special guests at this event. The FGS also sends geologists to speak to local schools on a staff available basis. See Resources for Teachers.

Educational Outreach Events:

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  • Earth Science Week, October 11-17, 2015

    In celebration of Earth Science Week, the Florida Geological Survey (FGS) will host its annual Open House on Friday, October 16th from 12:00 noon until 6:00 pm at our new offices located at 3000 Commonwealth Boulevard in Tallahassee. These events coincide with Geologic Map Day, which is part of the Earth Science Week celebration. Earth Science Week (October 11-17) is a national event sponsored by the American Geosciences Institute. Earth Science Week “encourages people everywhere to explore the natural world and learn about the geosciences and explore the ways that geoscience illuminates natural change processes”. This year’s theme is “Visualizing Earth Systems.” The program promotes awareness of the diversity of modes for displaying data related to earth systems. Examples of such data include tectonics, stratigraphy, ecological variability and springs. The FGS conducts geologic research, geologic mapping and uses 3D visualization of data to better understand Florida’s geology and springs.

    The Open House will feature the museum with a dugong skeleton, an extinct mako shark jaw, and other exhibits. One of our drill rigs and extracted core samples will be on site.  Geologists will explain both the workings of the rig and answer questions about the cores and some of the cuttings we receive and process. Some examples of offshore geophysical data, including side-scan sonar and sub-bottom profiling, will be on display. There will be a station set up with rocks and fossils from Florida and elsewhere. Microscopes will be available to examine rock and sediment samples with geologists on hand to assist and interpret. For younger guests, coloring sheets highlighting prehistoric life in Florida and sea shells and Play-Doh™ for experimentation with formation of fossil molds will be available. Staff will demonstrate and offer several visualizations of our geoscience work in Florida and provide tours of the new FGS facilities.

    Inquires about the Open House and Earth Science Week events should be directed to Christopher P. Williams, Christopher.P.Williams@dep.state.fl.us, (850) 617-0317 or Frank Rupert, Frank.Rupert@dep.state.fl.us, (850) 617-0334.

    National Fossil Day 2014 logo

    Also coinciding with Earth Science Week is National Fossil Day on October 14th.  Please see the links below for resources and additional information on Earth Science Week and National Fossil Day.

    Earth Science Week Resources:

Past Events

Please visit our Educational Outreach Archive for information about past events.

Pages of interest to Teachers and Students:


  • Many of the FGS publications can be useful to both students and teachers and can be viewed online. Please see our List of Publications. The List of Publications is a Adobe pdf file and you will need the free Adobe reader to open it.

FGS Internship Program

Other Resource Sites:

Last updated: October 26, 2015

  3000 Commonwealth Blvd., Suite 1   Tallahassee, Florida 32303   850-617-0300 (phone)  850-617-0341 (fax)
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