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 Publications Warehouse to search for "field trip" or use your browser's search engine and include the keywords " field trip".

The USGS also has archived public lectures that are targeted to a general audience. On our Public Lectures website, click on "Multimedia" in the navigation menu, or see a similar list on the USGS YouTube site.

Learn more: USGS Education Resources

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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.

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 .

Can I visit a USGS office?

Very few USGS offices are set up to accommodate visitors. Before stopping by a USGS office, you should check their website or call ahead to make sure that visitors are welcome. There are USGS offices in each state. Members of the public are welcome to use libraries that are located at some USGS offices , but materials can only be checked out...

Does the USGS use volunteers to collect data?

Volunteers assist on some USGS projects. In all cases, the volunteers are carefully trained and are supervised by a federal employee while they work. To ensure quality-control, data collected by volunteers are checked by USGS supervisors. Volunteers must abide by the same rules, regulations, policies, and laws as employees. Some USGS volunteer...

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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Date published: February 17, 2006

Take a Geology Field Trip in Your Own Schoolyard

Schoolyard Geology, the newest U.S. Geological Survey education website, ( got its start in San Quentin State Prison from a USGS scientist teaching Geology 101 to inmates there.

Date published: February 1, 2006

Teaching Earthquake Science Made Easy: USGS Partnership Puts Curriculum into the Classroom

MENLO PARK, CA – The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is releasing two new educational resources to help teachers explain earthquake science. The educational tools are part of the USGS commemoration of the 100th anniversary of The Great Quake of 1906.

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Patuxent Bird Banding Lab Field Trip
December 31, 2015

Patuxent Bird Banding Lab Field Trip

Fairfax County Public School volunteers, teachers, and USGS staff visit the Bird Banding Lab basement storage facility at the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Science Center. The field trip was led by USGS biological science technician Elaine Nakash.

A USGS scientist leads field trip
October 29, 2014

A USGS scientist leads field trip

Craig Allen (center) a USGS Research Ecologist discusses fire effects of Las Conchas fire with a group of regional fire ecologists and fire managers during a field trip sponsored by the Joint Fire Science Program.