Do you offer teacher discounts for your maps and other cost products?

Yes. Educational institutions qualify for discounts on purchases made through the online USGS Store. To receive any discounts you must first be set up in their system. Please fax your request on school letterhead (or on a purchase order) to 303-202-4693 and include your Federal Tax ID number (not to be confused with your Federal Tax Exempt Number). For questions, call 1-888-MAP-DEAL (1-888-627-3325) or email Nonprofit organizations, governmental organizations (federal, state, or local), and USGS business partners with a signed working agreement also qualify.

Discount Policy for Map Products:

  • 40% discount on 3-24 maps of the same title
  • 50% discount on 25 or more maps of the same title
  • 25% discount if the order totals 50 or more individual maps if no other discount is applied.

Example: Pricing for a mixed order of 50 maps:

  • 25 maps of the same title = 50% discount
  • 23 maps of the same title = 40% discount
  • 2 maps with different titles = 25% discount

Book products are discounted at 25% with no quantity requirements.

These discounts only apply to USGS paper maps and book products and cannot be used for the purchase of any other USGS products.

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Does the USGS do classroom presentations?

The USGS has offices in every state , but education is not part of our mission and we do not have employees who go into the classroom as part of their job. Some employees, however, are willing to do so on their own time. If there is a USGS office in your town, you can try contacting them to ask about a speaker or presenter.

I have written, or am interested in writing, a lesson plan related to USGS science. Can I donate my lesson plan to the USGS?

With rare exception, the USGS does not post information or materials unless they are produced in partnership with our agency. You might be able to find a USGS scientist who is interested in working with you to develop a lesson plan, in which case it could become an official USGS product. For more information, contact our Youth and Education in...

Does the USGS give teacher workshops?

The USGS does not have a formal program for teacher workshops, but USGS scientists sometimes participate in teacher workshops that are organized by universities or other education groups. Our USGS Education website lists both resources for use in the classroom and easily-understood resources that teachers can use to educate themselves.

Do you have lesson plans or activities for the classroom?

The USGS Education website is your gateway to classroom resources. Explore links to lesson plans, activities, educational videos, online lectures, posters, non-technical publications, and images for kindergarten through college. This site is an excellent resource for teachers, students, and anyone interested in learning. Our resources are...

Do you have any citizen science programs in which my students can participate?

Absolutely! The USGS has partnerships with several citizen science programs that are appropriate for classroom projects, for individual students, or for anyone who wants a fun and rewarding activity. See the Citizen Science page on our USGS Education website .

Does the USGS offer field trips or classes?

The United States Geological Survey (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 organized by outside organizations, but those are not advertised by the USGS. The USGS has published numerous field-trip guides to geologic areas. Use our online...

Do you have internships, summer positions, or volunteer positions for teachers or students?

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) does not have any positions specifically targeted to teachers, but motivated teachers can sometimes find volunteer positions by contacting our scientists directly. Student internships are designed for college-level students and recent graduates. Younger students are encouraged to explore our many citzen science...
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small excerpt of Yosemite Valley topographic map in shades of green and brown
August 31, 2016

Topographic map excerpt of Yosemite Valley

Exerpt from USGS Half Dome quadrangle topographic map showing Yosemite Valley.

Image: Map Sales and Publications Office
May 1, 2013

Map Sales and Publications Office

This is the Menlo Park, Calif. Map Sales Office located on the USGS campus. The Sales Office is managed by the California Geological Survey. USGS staffs one person each day in that office to answer calls and assist any customers needing information pretaining to USGS services and publications. Pictured is Christy Ryan, USGS, and Richard Adrianowicz, California Geological