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 Science (YES) Office.

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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.

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...

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.

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...

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...
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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: Students Conduct Earthquake Preparedness Drill
October 18, 2012

Students Conduct Earthquake Preparedness Drill

Students participate in the Great Southeast ShakeOut earthquake drill at Langston Hughes Middle School in Reston, Virginia. They are conducting the "drop, cover and hold on" safety procedure.

Attribution: Natural Hazards
Image: Students Conduct Earthquake Preparedness Drill
October 18, 2012

Students Conduct Earthquake Preparedness Drill

Students participate in the Great Southeast ShakeOut earthquake drill at Langston Hughes Middle School in Reston, Virginia. They are conducting the "drop, cover and hold on" safety procedure.

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.