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Educational Outreach


Jim Ladner explaining the Coastal Program at Earth Science DayThe Floria 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:

 

  • Earth Science Week, October 13th-19th, 2013 - will be a national event sponsored by the American Geological Institute (AGI). This year’s theme is “Mapping Our World”. 

    The Florida Geological Survey will host an open house on Friday, October 18th, 2013, from 9AM-3PM.  This year's theme of ESW 2013 engages young people and the public in learning how geoscientists, geographers, and other mapping professionals use maps to represent land formations, natural resource deposits, bodies of water, fault lines, volcanic activity, weather patterns, travel routes, parks, businesses, population distribution, our shared geologic heritage, and more. Maps help show how the Earth systems – geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere – interact.    On site we will have fossil displays, and microscopes set up with sand, rocks and other specimens to view, in addition to our scavenger hunt using our hallway and lobby displays. Examples of the FGS' ongoing mapping programs will also be on display.

    Tours of the Antarctic Research Facility will also be available with advance registration; tours will accommodate 16 people each and will be at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.  For information and reservations please contact Christopher Williams (Christopher.P.Williams@dep.state.fl.us), 850-617-0317. 


    Scout night, an event designed to assist local Webelos Scouts obtain their geology badge, will be held at 6:00 - 8:00PM Wednesday evening, October 16th.  Please contact Christopher Williams (above) for information and to reserve slots for your group. 


    The address for the Florida Geological Survey (FGS) is 903 West Tennessee Street, on the FSU campus in Tallahassee. We are at the SW corner of Tennessee and Woodward. Parking can be a bit of a challenge. We recommend either street parking (usually meters) north of Tennessee Street, near us, or the parking lot behind the St. Thomas More Co-Cathedral which is at the NE corner of Tennessee and Woodward. This lot is best reached from Dewey Street and turning west onto Virginia Street and proceeding all the way to the end of the road. Parking at this lot is $3 and it takes $0.25, $1 or $5.


    Past Events

  • Earth Science Week, October 14th-20th, 2012 - was a national event sponsored by the American Geological Institute (AGI). This year’s theme is “Discovering Careers in Earth Sciences”. 

    The Florida Geological Survey hosted an open house on Friday, October 19th, 2012, from 9AM-3PM, corresponding to national Geologic Map Day.  The theme this year was Discovering Careers in the Earth Sciences, and what better place to learn about that than at FGS where we collect, interpret and provide objective quality geologic information about Florida.   On site we had fossil displays, and microscopes set up with sand, rocks and other specimens to view, in addition to our scavenger hunt using our hallway and lobby displays.  For the very young we provided coloring sheets and play doh to “make fossils”…essentially making imprints of shells. Tours of the Antarctic Research Facility were also conducted.  Scout night, an event designed to assist local Webelos Scouts obtain their geology badge, was held  Wednesday and Thursday evenings of that week. 

    On Saturday, the FGS offered a 9am-about noon geologic tour at Apalachicola National Forest, Leon Sinks Geological Area.

  • Earth Day 2012 Earth Day at the Capitol 2012, an event produced by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Environmental Education, took place at the Capitol Courtyard in Tallahassee on April 20, 2012.   Earth Day attendees included a mixed audience of elementary, middle and high school students and community members.  The Florida Geological Survey participated with a table and and geology education poster sets for classroom
  • teachers.  

  • Earth Science Week 2011 - was a national event sponsored by the American Geological Institute (AGI). See Florida Governor Scott's Earth Science Week Proclamation here.  This year’s theme was “Our Ever-Changing Earth” and engaged the public and students to learn about the natural processes that shape our planet over time. The event “encouraged people everywhere to explore the natural world and learn about the geosciences”.  In celebration of Earth Science Week (ESW), the Florida Geological Survey held its annual Open House on Wednesday, October 12th from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm at the Gunter Building.  The Antarctic Marine Geology Research Facility (AMGRF) at Florida State University co-hosted the event with tours of its core research and storage facilities.

    The FGS open house featured a drill rig in our front yard with core samples and a geologist to explain both the workings of the rig and to answer questions about the cores.  Core samples are our best source of information on the rocks beneath our feet, and provide valuable information about the processes that formed Florida and the value of these rocks today as source rocks for springs, groundwater supply and as industrial materials that we use almost daily. FGS geologists demonstrated the use of our ground-penetrating radar unit, which is another way we can investigate the shallow subsurface.  A station was set up with interesting fossils from Florida to coincide with National Fossil Day.  Visitors were able to use microscopes and samples to get a detailed look at the rocks from the subsurface of Florida. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's (FDEP) Office of Environmental Education participated with an activity highlighting chemical and physical weathering and aquifer formation.  FDEP "Easy as One" program staff also joined us to discuss how conservation and stewardship of resources is also a key component in earth science education.  There were also demonstrations and question and answer sessions with our GIS specialists.  For our youngest guests  the FGS provided coloring sheets highlighting prehistoric life in Florida and shells and Play Dough for experimentation in one way fossils are formed.

     We continued our tradition of Scout Night at 6:00 pm on Wednesday evening, October 12th with an event that assists local Webelos Scouts in obtaining their geology badge.

     The final event for ESW was a tour of the Leon Sinks Geological Area in the Apalachicola National Forest southwest of Tallahassee at 9 am Saturday, October 15th.

Pages of interest to Teachers and Students:

Videos available for Teachers :

  • Florida Geology Unearthed : Available in DVD and VHS.
  • Florida's Aquifer Adventure : Available in DVD and VHS. A 20 minute film which describes Florida's aquifer systems, springs, caves and environmental issues. Contact the FGS for ordering information.

Publications:

  • 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.

Posters:

The FGS has many posters available for teachers. Look in the Poster sections of the List of Publications. Links have also been supplied below to some online posters on this website.

Maps:

The FGS has many maps available for teachers. Look in the Map Series and Open File Map Series sections of the List of Publications. . See Links below for other online maps.

 

Last updated: September 30, 2013

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