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News Release, Kansas Geological Survey, Sept. 27, 2012

KGS Announces Release of 2012 Earth Science Week Toolkits

In support of Earth Science Week, the Kansas Geological Survey (KGS) is working with the American Geological Institute (AGI) to distribute Earth Science Week Toolkits to individuals and groups interested in holding their own Earth Science Week activities and programs. The toolkits contain information and resources for K-12 and college students as well as the general public and are available upon request.

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 2012 Earth Science Week is October 14-20. This year's theme is "Discovering Careers in the Earth Sciences" and will engage the public in actively learning about career paths focusing on the interactions among the Earth's air, land, water, ice, and life.

Each toolkit includes a "Rite in the Rain" field notebook; National Park Service resources about National Fossil Day; and job search information for student opportunities and careers in geoscience. NASA, the U.S. Geological Survey, the GIS technology company Esri, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and others also contributed educational materials about earth science literacy, No Child Left Inside activism, paleontology, geologic mapping, and women in the geosciences. Materials include posters, educational handouts, classroom activities, multimedia lesson plans, and smartphone apps. Additional resources and activities that complement the toolkits are available at the Earth Science Week website:

The Earth Science Week Toolkits are available from either the Kansas Geological Survey, 1930 Constant Ave., Lawrence, KS 66047-3724 (785-864-3965) or the KGS Wichita Well Sample Library, 4150 W. Monroe St., Wichita, KS 67209-2640 (316-943-2343).

Limited supplies are available free of charge, although shipping and handling will be charged for mailed orders. After KGS supplies are exhausted, 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