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NBMG Earth Science Week

NBMG Earth Science Week

This year's Earth Science Week is October 9-15, 2016 and will celebrate the theme "Our Shared Geoheritage."

NBMG participates in Earth Science Week by holding an annual open house of activities at the Great Basin Science Sample and Records Library and coordinating an annual geologic field trip for the general public. The open house and field trip are free to the public!

The Great Basin Science Sample and Records Library Open House, Saturday, October 15, 9:30 am to 4:00 pm. No RSVP required.

The NBMG ESW Annual Field Trip, A River Runs Through It—Geology along the Truckee River Valley from Reno to Pyramid Lake, Sunday, October 16. Meet at 8:00 am at the Great Basin Science Sample and Records Library, 2175 Raggio Parkway (map). Sign up below.

You must sign up online prior to the field trip and sign a waiver form: (waiver). Please print out a paper copy, sign, and date, and submit prior to the field trip or bring to the field trip starting point. Be sure to bring your own water, lunch, sunscreen, hat, first-aid kit, walking stick, gloves, camera, binoculars, bag or bucket for collecting samples, safety glasses if you use a hammer, and a GPS receiver (optional). The day's activity will involve hiking and climbing around rocks so wear appropriate outdoor clothing and sturdy shoes or hiking boots.

There will be several geologists in attendance to help answer your questions about geology and identify a variety of rocks. There will also be an opportunity to learn more about geocaching and EarthCaching—a high-tech treasure hunting game using GPS devices. If you have a hand-held GPS unit, bring it.

Sign up for the NBMG Field Trip, Sunday, October 16

Field Trip Waiver

Field Trip Flyer

Field Trip Guide/Road Log

ESW Proclamation by the Governor


For more information about educational activities during Earth Science Week, go to the national Earth Science Week website at:

ESW Toolkit for Educators

Past NBMG Field Trip Guides

Be sure to check out NBMG geologic guidebooks!