The FGS provides both publications and educational outreach to k-12 students and teachers. The FGS also provides an Open House each October to celebrate Earth Science Week. Updates and plans for the Open House, which is open to the public, can be found on the Florida Geology webpage.
Additional k-12 outreach and service components of our work include the following:
A free copy of any publication to any teacher who requests it on school letterhead.
Talks on requested geologic subjects to classes in reasonable proximity to the FGS.
Lead local class geology field trips.
Answers to specific questions received from teachers at our website concerning geology, publications or other resources available to them.
Assistance to middle school and high school students seeking earth science related internships.
Staff participation as local school science fair judges and providing technical assistance to students working on earth science projects.
Staff participation in agency and community science education events aimed at least in part at K-12 students.
Participation in local school cooperative programs, engaging selected students in actual FGS projects.
Florida Geology Unearthed: Available in DVD and VHS, aimed at the eighth-grade level. Contact the FGS for ordering information.
Florida's Aquifer Adventure: Also available in DVD and VHS. A 20-minute film describes Florida's aquifer systems, springs, caves and environmental issues. Contact the FGS for ordering information.
Florida Frontiers Radio Program #126: A radio program interview about the history of Florida's geologic resources. (For example, Florida's state mineral is chert, which was used by Native Americans to develop spears and other tools throughout the state.)
In addition, our more technical maps and publications are occasionally requested and used by upper-level students and teachers in the K-12 range. The FGS website also provides an overview of Florida geology and Survey activities, with downloadable maps and data, and links to online publications.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.