U.S. Geological Survey: Educational Resources

Tap into over 140 years of USGS research in the natural sciences in the form of lesson plans and activities, maps, podcasts, online lectures, videos and animations, and much more. Select from the main science topics on the left, which will guide you to lessons and activities for students and teachers. We are in the process of updating this page to add new, lessons and activities.

The US Geological Survey has provided special packages for schools for many years. Resources are broken out by grade level and subject areas, with literally hundreds of resources. Topics include 3D paper models (no printer required!), citizen science, images, maps, online lectures, schoolyard geology, water science, videos and animations.

The USGS is one of the few groups that offer topological maps. Coupled with modern software, students can create 3D images of their local area or a nearby recreation area.