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This year’s Earth Science Week at the Utah Geological Survey welcomed 669 students for hands-on, educational fun! We learned about rocks and minerals, fossils, dinosaurs, geologic processes, and more. Thank you for another fabulous Earth Science Week – see you next year!

Special thanks to the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) and Rockhounders Outreach for Community Knowledge (ROCK) for providing educational materials for students and teachers, as well as the experts and volunteers that helped make UGS Earth Science Week a great success:

Ben Sears
Wendy Sears
Sue Dickey
Joe Dabelko
Alice Sikorski (ROCK)
Danielle Montague-Judd
Ethan Cowgill
Dave Simon (Simon Bymaster, Inc.)
Lisa Miller
Jack Bloom (Rio Tinto, ret.)
Rachel Adams (CH2M Jacobs)
Robyn Keeling
Dave Garbrecht
Alari Emory (Office of Energy Development)
Leslie Heppler (Division of Oil, Gas, & Mining)
Jan Morse (Division of Oil, Gas, & Mining)
Mark Gwynn (Division of Oil, Gas, & Mining)
Buck Ehler (Division of Forestry, Fire, & State Lands)

Four Utah State University student researchers will share the passion, experiences and stories driving their academic pursuits in five-minute lightning talks on Friday, April 22 at USU Sunrise Sessions.

Sunrise Sessions begins at 7 a.m. with a catered breakfast buffet. The “Ignite USU” presenters will speak following breakfast at 7:30 a.m. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, or to RSVP, visitsunrise.usu.edu. Learn more about “Ignite USU” at ignite.usu.edu.


The annual Earth Science Week celebration at the UGS this October was a success in large part due to a record number of volunteers.  Fifty-one outside volunteers, from institutions and organizations such as The University of Utah, Weber State University, Brigham Young University, Utah Valley University, Westminster College, NOAA, Utah Department of Environmental Quality, Rockhounders Outreach for Community Knowledge, Association for Women Geoscientists, Utah Geological Association, and Utah Friends of Paleontology, joined the UGS to educate Utah’s youth through hands-on Earth science activities. We deeply appreciate the volunteer’s contributions! More than 700 elementary school students participated in this year’s Earth Science Week.

Rick Allis Earth Science Week Mineral Testing

Utah Geological Survey Director, Rick Allis, teaches students about Mineral Testing.


Aaron Garrett gave folks at the last School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration meeting a few things to think about — 10 things, to be exact, that he feels should be top-of-mind for the agency that manages land for the benefit of Utah public schools and other institutions.


Last Thursday the Utah Geological Survey participated in Teens in the Woods: Mapping our Future outdoor program, an education initiative designed to bring underserved, urban, and diverse children and adolescents to the forests to spark curiosity, exercise, and connect the next generation with nature. The week-long event is chock-full of activities set up by scientists from many fields in the Earth sciences, emphasizing conservation, stewardship, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. On our trip with high school and middle school students we traveled to Big Cottonwood Canyon and Silver Lake to explore geology, forestry, air photo interpretation, and aquatic biology.

Teens in the Woods is a new nation-wide program spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture/U.S. Forest Service and in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, partnered with some dozen other organizations including the Cottonwood Canyons Foundation and Bad Dog Art.

Ms. Amy discusses water chemistry and lake health with students in the rain.

A student examines a leech and other aquatic invertebrates that inhabit Silver Lake.

A young bull moose examines the students at Silver Lake.

This really expands the boundaries of the classroom and takes learning to a whole new level. Wow!


The Four Corners School of Outdoor Education has one mighty big campus – the entire 130,000-square-mile Colorado Plateau.


The Utah State Energy Program (USEP) has issued a Request for Grant Applications for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Outreach, Education, and Marketing Campaigns. A total of $500,000 is available for this grant.

It is anticipated that the funds will be issued through two-to-six separate grants. Applicants are encouraged to seek partnerships with utilities, local governments or other resources to help leverage marketing and education.

The purpose of the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Outreach, Education, and Marketing Campaigns is to increase the adoption of energy efficient and renewable energy technologies, and to increase participation in USEP programs.