COLUMBUS – Ohioans are invited to join the ODNR Division of Geological Survey in exploring the state’s natural history during Earth Science Week, Oct. 13–19. Geologists will give talks and lead hikes and fossil collecting throughout Ohio at state parks, state nature preserves, and other important geologic sites.
This year’s theme — “Geoscience is for Everyone” — emphasizes both the inclusive potential and the importance of the geosciences in the lives of all people. Individuals of all backgrounds, ages, and abilities are encouraged to engage with the geosciences, whether that is as a geoscience professional, a hobbyist, or through civic engagement. Each person has a role in the areas that geoscientists study—including Earth’s resources, natural hazards, and understanding the wonder of our environment—geoscience truly is for everyone.
Events for Earth Science Week in Ohio include:
Saturday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m., Geology Hike, Miller Sanctuary State Nature Preserve, Bainbridge
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 12 p.m., Fossil Tour, Ohio Statehouse, Columbus
Friday, Oct. 18, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Rock & Fossil Hikes, Shale Hollow Park, Lewis Center
Saturday, Oct. 19, 2 p.m., Geology & Fossils of Highbanks, Highbanks MetroPark, Lewis Center
Saturday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m., Fossil Fest, Cincinnati Museum Center, Cincinnati
Sunday, Oct. 20, 10 a.m., Nature Preserve Hike, Shallenberger State Nature Preserve, Lancaster
Sunday, Oct. 20, 1 p.m., Guided Fossil Hunt, Caesar Creek State Park, Waynesville
The ODNR Division of Geological Survey is offering special discounts on guidebooks, maps, educational materials, and more. Items published before 2000 will be offered at no charge, and items published in 2000 and after are 25% off. The sale runs during the entire month of October.
Also available to Ohio teachers and educators are a limited number of Earth Science Week teacher toolkits. The toolkits include experiment instructions, a calendar, posters, activity sheets and more materials for teachers to use in the classroom. Toolkits are free (except shipping) for any Ohio teacher, while supplies last.
Teacher toolkits, maps, and publications can be ordered by visiting or contacting the Geologic Records Center at (614) 265-6576.
The ODNR Division of Geological Survey encourages teachers and all Ohioans to take advantage of the opportunities available during Earth Science Week to explore and learn more about the geology beneath their feet.
Since 1998, the American Geological Institute has sponsored Earth Science Week. The annual event encourages people to learn about and gain better appreciation for the geosciences, while promoting an awareness of the natural world. Several Focus Days highlight the week by targeting themes such as science literacy, fossils and geoscience careers.
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.