Youth and Education in Science


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Date published: April 23, 2020

Learning From Home with USGS

The U.S. Geological Survey Youth and Education in Science (YES) Team has revamped their web presence to better assist with online and home learning.

Date published: March 31, 2020

Powell Expedition—Art. Then and Now.

On John Wesley Powell’s first 1869 river trip down the Green and Colorado rivers, there were no artists or photographers. All of the images we have of the famous John Wesley Powell expeditions were from Powell’s 1871-72 expedition. The 1869 expedition proved that the river could be run. The success of the 1869 expedition was in their survival and it placed Powell in a role of national hero. ...

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: September 4, 2019

Powell Expedition—Green River, WY. Then and Now.

This year marks 150 years since John Wesley Powell and his nine-man crew left the banks of the Green River to venture into the unknown. He disembarked to the cheers of the citizens of Green River Station. Would he recognize these shores today? Guest author Jaci Wells, Historic Preservationist for the BLM, describes the historic context for Powell's launch site and how it has changed.

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?

Date published: July 11, 2019

Powell Expedition—What did the Powell expedition members eat? Then and Now.

Food can be a common thread between peoples of history and today and it often plays an important role in morale, celebration, hardship and bringing people together. How did food influence the original Powell expedition, and how does it factor into modern long-haul rafting trips, such as the one USGS scientists and science support staff are currently engaged in?

Date published: June 21, 2019

Powell Expedition—Women in Science. Then and Now.

This year marks the sesquicentennial of the historic journey that John Wesley Powell and his nine-man crew undertook to explore the Green and Colorado rivers in their epic journey to explore the great rivers of the West. But were any women involved in these efforts? Were there women doing field science? And how are women contributing to USGS science today?

Date published: May 24, 2019

Exploring the Grand Canyon – 150 Years Later

Today, the USGS and partnering organizations are embarking on a trip down the Green and Colorado rivers to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Powell Expedition.

Date published: May 23, 2019

Powell Expedition—Vision of the West Overview. Then and Now.

A Vision of the West from the 19th and 20th Century River Expeditions. Read all John Wesley Powell Expedition—...

Date published: December 6, 2018

STEP-UP Program Wins Award

The USGS was awarded the 2018 Workforce Development Partner of the Year by the Foundation for Fairfax County (VA) Public Schools (FCPS) at a luncheon attended by over 250 elected officials and local leaders, including Director Jim Reilly.  The USGS is the first federal entity to receive this award. 

Date published: September 30, 2015

Citizen Science: For Citizens, Science, and the Planet

Citizen science — scientific work undertaken by members of the general public, usually in collaboration with scientific institutions — is a grassroots approach to natural science. It educates and engages the public by encouraging ordinary citizens to use their interests and their talents in tackling a wide range of real-world problems.