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News Release, Kansas Geological Survey, Aug. 30, 2011

KGS Announces Release of 2011 Earth Science Week Toolkits

The Kansas Geological Survey (KGS), in cooperation with the American Geological Institute (AGI), is supporting Earth Science Week activities on October 9-15, 2011, by making available Earth Science Week Toolkits. KGS is distributing the toolkits to individuals and groups interested in holding their own Earth Science Week activities and programs.

The Earth Science Week Toolkit contains information and resources for K-12 and university students and the public. Each toolkit includes a "Rite in the Rain" field notebook; National Park Service resources on fossils and geology; and water experiment materials from the American Chemical Society. Other scientific agencies such as NASA, the U.S. Geological Survey, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have contributed educational materials about fossils, geological heritage, Earth from space, and the New Madrid Earthquake. Materials include posters, educational handouts, and classroom activities. Additional resources and activities that complement the toolkits are available at the Earth Science Week website:

Earth Science Week is an annual event organized by AGI to help the public gain a better understanding and appreciation of the Earth sciences and to encourage stewardship of the Earth. The theme of Earth Science Week 2011 is "Our Ever-Changing Earth" and will engage the public in actively learning about the varied and interconnected natural processes that shape our planet over time.

The Earth Science Week Toolkits can be obtained from either the Kansas Geological Survey, 1930 Constant Ave., Lawrence, KS 66047-3726 (phone 785-864-3965), or the KGS Wichita Well Sample Library, 4150 Monroe St., Wichita, KS 67209 (phone 316-943-2343) A limited supply are available free of charge, plus shipping and handling. After supplies are exhausted, additional copies may be purchased from AGI for $6.95, plus shipping and sales tax. More information about KGS books, maps, and other products is available at the KGS website:

Link of interest to this article:
American Geological Institute's Earth Science Week website

Story by Shane Lyle, (785) 864-2063.

Kansas Geological Survey, Public Outreach