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.

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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...

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...

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 or for individual students. See the Citizen Science page on our USGS Education website .

Can the USGS help me design a science fair project?

The USGS has some great science fair ideas related to earthquakes . Find inspiration for projects on other science topics by browsing the 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 also has many published field-trip guides to geologic areas. Use our online...

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

The 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 and volunteer opportunities...
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Photo of a USGS scientist helping students paint Caspian tern decoys
February 9, 2017

USGS WERC Scientist Helping Students Paint Caspian Tern Decoys

Photo of the USGS Western Ecological Research Center's biological science technician Crystal Shore showing students how to paint Caspian tern decoys. USGS researchers are using these decoys in a study meant to establish breeding tern colonies in the South San Francisco Bay.

Image: Groundwater Outreach in Huron, SD
April 1, 2015

Groundwater Outreach in Huron, SD

USGS Hydrologist Ryan Thompson demonstrated a groundwater model to a 4th grade class in Huron, SD, on April 2, 2015. Ryan talked about groundwater and aquifers, and led students through several experiments to help them understand and measure the porosity, specific yield, and hydraulic conductivity of three different sizes of aquifer materials. Ryan also used dye in an

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Image: Earth Science Day outreach in Rapid City, SD, 2014
October 11, 2014

Earth Science Day outreach in Rapid City, SD, 2014

USGS student hydrologist Bill Eldridge demonstrates an interactive groundwater model to kids attending the Earth Science Day event on October 12, 2014, at the Journey Museum in Rapid City, SD.

Scientist pointing to graphic on a screen while children watch
October 31, 2009

Class of School Students watch earthquake demo during education event

USGS seismologist Luke Blair demonstrates an earthquake animation to students during an Earth Science Week event at the USGS in Menlo Park.