COLUMBUS, OH – Earth Science Week in Ohio encourages teachers, students and all Ohioans to take advantage of the opportunities available to learn more about the geology beneath their feet, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). With events offered from Oct. 11-19, the ODNR Division of Geological Survey will highlight and explain how maps and mapping technologies are utilized to gain a better understanding of our state’s geology.
This year’s theme for the national Earth Science Week, Oct. 13-19, is “Mapping Our World.” Earth Science Week engages young people and the public by teaching how maps help us understand the interactions of Earth systems, including the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere.
Ohio Geological Survey geoscientists and mapping professionals use maps to interpret Ohio’s land formations, natural resource deposits, bodies of water, fault lines, geologic hazards, our shared geologic heritage and more. Survey maps are critical tools used by government agencies, industry, academics and the public in land use planning, mitigation of geologic hazards, infrastructure development, research and many other activities.
Sponsored each year by the American Geological Institute, Earth Science Week encourages people to learn more about the geosciences and promotes an awareness of the natural world. ODNR will take part in several events that highlight how scientists work both indoors and at field sites to research and map information that benefits the public. Several venues will offer young Ohioans an opportunity to talk to geoscientists and to learn more about the importance of maps, including:
Ohio Statehouse Fossil Tour (Franklin County), Friday, Oct. 11, at 12 p.m. Ohio Geological Survey and The Ohio State University experts will host a geologic tour to teach people about the building stones of Capitol Square and the structure’s fantastic fossil specimens.
Celebrate National Fossil Day with a fossil hike at Hueston Woods State Park (Preble and Butler counties), Wednesday, Oct. 16. Meet at the nature center at 9 a.m.
Earth Science Day at H. R. Collins Laboratory (Delaware County), Friday, Oct. 18, at 9 a.m. Ohio Geological Survey geologists will welcome area school children and lead workshops on rocks and minerals, geologic maps and their uses.
The 33rd Annual Fall Hike will take place at Lake Hope State Park (Vinton County), Saturday, Oct. 19, at 10 a.m. Join Ohio State Parks on a 3-mile hike. Ohio Geological Survey staff members will be on hand to discuss the geology of the park and answer questions about the area’s mining history.
Fall Hike at Shawnee State Park (Scioto County), Saturday, Oct. 19, from 9-11 a.m. Enjoy a rugged hike through beautiful Shawnee State Park. Ohio Geological Survey staff will be available to discuss the geology of the prominent sandstone of the region as well as the Ohio River.
These are just a few of the Earth Science Week events in Ohio. A complete list of events is available on the Ohio Geological Survey website at ohiogeology.com, which offers various free resources, such as walking tour guides, leaflets and maps that Ohioans can use to explore the state’s geology.
Ohio Geological Survey also has available a limited number of Earth Science Week Teacher Toolkits, which includes experiment materials, a calendar, posters, activity sheets and more for teachers to use in the classroom. Toolkits are free for any Ohio teacher, while supplies last, by visiting the Geologic Records Center, 2045 Morse Road, Building C-1, Columbus, Ohio 43229; by calling 614-265-6596; or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.
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