The resources at USGS EROS Center are not just for professional scientists! Everyone is welcome to study how land changes over time through satellite imagery. Here, you will find kid-friendly lessons and games, dazzling snapshots of our planet, and the latest news about EROS. You can also learn about onsite options including tours and our one-of-a-kind library.
Explore the World of Remote Sensing
Teachers and parents can always find something to intrigue their students in our library of educational resources! Learn how remote sensing scientists use Landsat satellite data to track changes to the Earth’s surface over the years. Study up in the Remote Sensing Classroom, where interactive lessons teach you to think like our scientists.
Test your new remote sensing skills with our puzzles and games. Engaging activities allow students of all ages to look at satellite imagery and perform the same analysis as the scientists at the EROS Center.
Discover New Places with Earthshots
Landsat satellites have been imaging the Earth's land area for over 50 years. Each Earthshot location features a fascinating story of environmental transformation. These images reveal how people and nature change the landscape over time. Explore a variety of topics including glacial change, forest fire recovery, agriculture harvests, natural disasters, and wildlife impacts.
Find Landsat Benefits in Your Area
From mapping wildfires and permafrost thaw in Alaska to tracking algal blooms and spongy moth invasions in Ohio, the Landsat Program offers a long list of benefits across all 50 States. State-specific fact sheets pinpoint Landsat’s continuing contribution to the health and well-being of the nation’s land resources. Check out some benefits to your State!
Stay Tuned with Current Events
The center’s Communications & Outreach team produces news articles and publications that spotlight the work of remote sensing scientists at EROS.
Many satellite images are simply intriguing to look at. In the Earth as Art galleries, see the mesmerizing beauty of river deltas, mountains, and other sandy, salty, and icy landscapes.
In our Image of the Week gallery, videos highlight recent events in satellite images that feature striking changes to the Earth’s surface. Our images are actual scenes from around the world collected by remote lens, often filtered by specialized sensors in pursuit of science.”
Eyes on Earth is a podcast on remote sensing, Earth observation, land change and science brought to you by EROS. Look for a new episode every other week!
Visit Us in South Dakota
Visitors to any number of community events in the area of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, may see EROS staff sharing the work of the USGS and guiding adults and children through hands-on learning activities.
EROS is open Monday through Friday, excluding Federal holidays, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Staff-guided tours are available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Self-guided tours are welcome anytime. Group tours and larger gatherings are welcome with notice.
Please call 605-594-6511 with any questions about your guided visit. Further information can be found on this webpage about visiting the science center. We look forward to seeing you soon!