Youth and Education in Science


Engaging the next generation of scientists is an integral component of USGS science. The Youth and Education in Science (YES) office coordinates a variety of programs that target the spectrum of learners from early childhood through post-doctoral fellowships. Use the left navigation bar to find programs by the audience, or follow the links below to highlighted areas.

Internships for Graduate Students

Internships for Graduate Students

With funding from the National Science Foundation, more than 70 graduate students have spent part of their graduate education at USGS working with scientists on projects complimentary to their academic work.

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Educational Resources

Educational Resources

Tap into over 130 years of USGS research in the natural sciences in the form of lesson plans and activities, maps, podcasts, online lectures, videos and animations, and much more. 

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Date published: September 11, 2019

“Science is Amazing”: GeoGirls Explore Mount St. Helens During Outdoor Science and Technology Program

Twenty-five middle school-age GeoGirls spent five days conducting hands-on research and interacting with female scientists, educators and older students, all while learning about active volcanoes, natural hazards and modern scientific monitoring technologies below the summit of Mount St. Helens.

Date published: August 30, 2019

Powell Expedition—Flora and Fauna. Then and Now.

This year marks 150 years since John Wesley Powell and his nine-man crew conducted a scientific expedition of the Green and Colorado rivers. In addition to the goal of mapping the river basin, Powell’s group collected fossils and observed flora and fauna as they journeyed down the river. What did they observe, and what is the focus of USGS ecological studies in the Colorado River Basin now?...

Date published: August 2, 2019

Powell Expedition—Geologic Time. Then and Now.

One of the distinctive characteristics of geological thinking is the concept of deep time. Earth is 4.54 billion years old, a span of time that is hard for many people to grasp. What did John Wesley Powell know about geologic time, and what have we learned since?