Earth Science Week

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on-site activities for Earth Science Week 2020 at the UGS are canceled.

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Activities at the Utah Geological Survey

The Utah Geological Survey hosts free, hands-on activities for school groups (usually 4th graders) to celebrate Earth Science Week* during October.

Groups are scheduled for 1½-hour sessions. Each group is split into subgroups and rotated through five hands-on activity stations:

  • the stream trailer where they create and destroy a river landscape while learning about deposition and erosion
  • the rock talk where they study sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks while learning about the rock cycle
  • the paleontology prep lab where they examine dinosaur and ice age fossils while learning about geologic history
  • the mineral room where they test and identify minerals while learning about mineral physical and chemical properties
  • the “gold” panning troughs where they pan for pyrite, magnetite, and other minerals while learning that geology is fun!

To make reservations, please contact Jim Davis [] at 801-537-3300.

* Earth Science Week is celebrated the second full week of October throughout the nation as well as in other countries. The purpose is to increase public understanding and appreciation of the Earth sciences. Launched in 1998 by the American Geosciences Institute (AGI), efforts have grown on local, national, and international levels to highlight the vital role Earth sciences play in society’s use of resources and interaction with the environment. For more information about Earth Science Week, visit the AGI’s website at