Earth Resources Observation and Science Center

Communications, Outreach and Education

At the USGS EROS Center, we study land change and produce land change data products used by researchers, resource managers, and policy makers across the nation and around the world. We also operate the Landsat satellite program with NASA, and maintain the largest civilian collection of images of the Earth's land surface in existence, including tens of millions of satellite images.

Color photo of students during tour of USGS EROS

Ann Tripp, a contractor at the U.S. Geological Survey's Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, speaks to students during a group tour.

The Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center is committed to research and its community.

The mission of the center’s Communications, Outreach and Education team is to spread the message about EROS and Earth science to the public both inside and outside the walls.

The C&O team produces news releases, publications such as Earth As Art and Image of the Week products to highlight the goings-on at the Center.

Visitors to any number of community events in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and the surrounding area may see EROS staff talking about the work of the U.S. Geological Survey and guiding adults and children through a hands-on learning activities.

The team also visits classrooms and offers downloadable activities and lesson plans designed to foster an interest in remote sensing and geography. Among them are the Tracking Change Over Time lesson plan for grades 5 through 8, which uses the free Multispec software program, and the Test Your Memory and state puzzle games, developed in partnership with AmericaView.

Click here for an interactive, educational story map that covers former USGS Secretary John Wesley Powell's historic expedition of the Green and Colorado Rivers. Visit the USGS Powell 150 page for more educational materials on the expedition.

Learn more about visiting EROS by clicking here.


The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) EROS Center is government-owned/directed and contractor-operated. The work of EROS is carried out through a number of mission-support contracts with industry. The largest contract, the Technical Support Services Contract, is held by KBR. Its purpose is to provide the USGS with support in the areas of science, engineering, and technical operations. Other USGS contracts provide support in the areas of satellite mission operations, facility operations and maintenance, custodial services, and physical security.

EROS also partners with educational institutions by offering internships and research opportunities, and by supporting the U.S. Geological Survey's student jobs program and the Mendenhall Research Fellowship Program for post-graduate students.

Learn more about student jobs here

Learn more about the Mendenhall program here


The Don Lee Kulow Memorial Library provides research and technical support to EROS scientists, engineers, and professional staff by facilitating access to current and historical information in the fields of photogrammetry, remote sensing, and GIS; earth sciences; and information technology, software, and systems engineering. EROS employees have access to print and audiovisual collections housed within the EROS library, reference and research literature delivered over the Web through a host of electronic databases, and materials in libraries worldwide accessed through interlibrary loan services.

The EROS library collection comprises more than 6,500 reference works, monographs, professional papers, reports, conference proceedings, atlases, and audiovisual resources; thousands of electronic journals; online reference works; and online research and reference databases that are funded by the USGS, the Department of the Interior, the EROS Library, and the South Dakota State Library.

The Don Lee Kulow Memorial Library's catalog is available online via WorldCat Discovery.

We circulate portions of our collection on a Library-to-Library basis only. Consult your local Librarian.


Don Lee Kulow Memorial Library
U.S. Geological Survey
47914 252nd Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57198-0001
Fax: 605-594-6589
OCLC Symbol: GIE 
Business Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST


Janice Nelson

Communications and Outreach Manager
Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
Phone: 605-594-6173