Earth Science Week
in the National Parks Home Page
October 7th through
the 13th, 2001 marks the fourth annual National Earth Science Week!
Science Week in the National Parks News Page
National Parks to Receive Educational Literature in Preparation for Earth Science Week
In early August, 300 National Park areas around the country will begin receiving educational earth science materials. It is hoped that these materials will assist the parks in preparing for Earth Science Week. The three booklets which will be arriving first include Living With Karst, Evolution and the Fossil Record, and Sustaining our Soils and Society. These booklets have been put together by the American Geological Institute, the organization which founded Earth Science Week four years ago.
Science Week in the National Parks Events Page
Many of the National Parks will be hosting Earth Science Week Events. These events provide unique opportunities to learn about earth science and its place in the National Parks. So, get out there and experience your National Parks by participating in Earth Science Week events!
Because these events are quite popular it is often a good idea to contact the park and reserve space so that you will not be left out!
Parks hosting events are listed in alphabetical order below. If you have any questions regarding events please contact the park hosting the event. If you have questions or comments regarding this site please email ParkGeology@den.nps.gov.
Thanks and Have Fun!
Science Week in the National Parks Activities Page
National Parks attract students and teachers from around the world often inspiring them to learn about earth science.
If you have a chance to participate in educational activities in the parks you should do it! But just in case you can't, or you want to plan an Earth Science Week activity of your own, the activities presented here can be done almost anywhere.
Learning about Earth Science can be exciting and fun when activities are used to illustrate important concepts.
Science Week in the National Parks Kids Page
Puzzles and games are a great way for kids of all ages to expand and test there knowledge of the earth. Crossword and Word Search puzzles challenge even the most experienced junior rangers in the areas of Air, Water, and Geology. The Earth Science in the National Parks art gallery is really cool too (check this section out for details on how your own art could become part of the gallery!) All of the puzzles have been made in print-friendly format so that you can print them out, take your time, and share them with your family and friends. Have Fun!
Science Week in the National Parks Links Page
American Geological Institute
National Park Service
US Geological Survey
Other Federal Agencies
Science Week in the National Parks Question and Answer Page
National Park Areas preserve and protect some of the planets most amazing natural wonders. Test and improve your knowledge of National Parks earth science trivia by reading the following questions and answers. Then you can quiz your family and friends! These questions reflect only a small fraction of what there is to know about parks so when you visit parks be sure to ask lots of questions!
1. What is the largest volcano on Earth?
2. What is the highest
point above sea level in the United States?
3. Where is the lowest point in the United States?
4. How deep is the
Grand Canyon ?
5. What is the origin
of Crater Lake, Oregon?
6. What is the deepest
lake in the United States?
7. What is the highest
waterfall in the United States?
8. What is the largest
reservoir in the United States?
9. Which of the following
sources stores the greatest volume of fresh water worldwide: lakes, streams
or ground water?
10. How was Half Dome
in California's Yosemite National Park formed, and of what rock type is
11. What is acid rain?
12. What percentage
of historic fresh and saltwater tidal marshes in the San Francisco Bay
estuary have been lost over the past 150 years?
13. What is a composite