It’s Earth Science Week!

Earth Science Week is going on right now, this week, October 14th-20th.  This international “event” is put on by the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) “to help the public gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Earth Sciences and to encourage stewardship of the Earth.”  Sounds like a great time to teach our kids a bit about the earth!

Not sure where to start?  We’re going to begin by checking out some YouTube videos created by AGI.  You can find the following short (most are less than six minutes long) videos here…

  • Why Earth Science?
  • Big Idea 1:  Earth Scientists Study Our Planet
  • Big Idea 2:  Earth is 4.6 Billion Years Old
  • Big Idea 3:  Earth’s Systems Interact
  • Big Idea 4:  Earth Continually Changes
  • Big Idea 5:  Earth is the Water Planet
  • Big Idea 6:  Life Evolves on Earth
  • Big Idea 7:  Earth Provides Resources
  • Big Idea 8:  Natural Hazards Affect Humans
  • Big Idea 9:  Humans Change Earth

After our trip to the Eastern Sierras last week to see the limestone tufa towers at Mono Lake and the basalt columns at Devils Postpile (see post from yesterday), we’re already on a bit of a geology kick around here.  We’ll continue our explorations this week with a trip to climb around on some fun nearby rock formations.   We’ll also conduct some experiments at home to begin teaching my 5-year-old a bit more about rocks.  I’ll share what we’re up to in my posts this week.

Do you have any recommendations for some fun ways to learn about our earth this week?  Please comment and share your ideas!

For more information about Earth Science Week, check out the website…


Previous posts with a bit of earth science…


  1. I’m glad to see the videos. What a great area of study you’re into right now! You’re right…perfect after the Sierras!


    1. A Nature Mom says:

      And locally! We had a great outing to a local “rock” spot here in the San Francisco East Bay yesterday (sandstone formations). Check out my post tomorrow morning. 🙂 This has been a fun week!


  2. Alex Jones says:

    Worth looking at how the temperatures, % atmosphere oxygen content, ice, sea levels change over time.


    1. A Nature Mom says:

      Absolutely! Whatever is age appropriate!


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