Basics About USGS

The USGS is a science bureau within the United States Department of the Interior.
For general inquiries, call 1-888-ASK-USGS (1-888-275-8747) or use the online form.
 USGS offices in each state. The USGS Headquarters office is located in Reston, Virginia.     
The USGS provides data on many different science topics. Most of it can be downloaded for free from our website.
Volunteer opportunities with United States Federal agencies are listed at the Volunteer.gov website.
Volunteers assist on some projects. In all cases, first the volunteers are carefully trained. Then they are supervised by a Federal employee while they work. In addition, to ensure quality-control, their data are checked by USGS supervisors.
Most USGS offices are not set up to accommodate visitors, but a few of the larger offices have a visitor’s center and/or provide a guided (or self-guided) tour.
The USGS does not have a formal program for providing field trips or classes. USGS employees will sometimes lead field trips or teach classes that are coordinated through an outside organization, but these are not advertised by the USGS.
The USGS Newsroom is the best starting point for news releases and media information.You can browse news releases by state.