Resources for Teachers

Education Map Catalog

Topics: Map reading, map representations of various topics, interacting with USGS map products

Length: Varies

Type of Resource Being Described: USGS Data Site


Browse samples of USGS maps that are popular with educators. Order paper copies through this site. Where available, links are provided to pdf versions that can be freely downloaded. (Navigate to this site on your own by going to the USGS Store and clicking on "Education Products")


Use these sites to find A map!

Education "Map Catalog"-Browse USGS paper maps that are favorites with educators. 

Teacher Discounts -are available.

Free Digital Topographic Maps-Download free digital maps or purchase paper maps

Geographic Names Information System (GNIS)-Database of all Federally recognized names of geographic features

This Dynamic Planet-World map of volcanoes, earthquakes, impact craters, and plate tectonics — our most popular map!

A Tapestry of Time and Terrain-Ages of rocks combined with elevation — an excellent teaching tool

National Geologic Map Database-Search for geologic maps

The National Map-Create and download your own high-resolution maps — best for advanced students

Geospatial Data and Mapping Websites-A PDF with links to the best USGS sources for geospatial data