The Geological Survey of Alabama's education program is nearly as old as the agency
itself, and educational activities are as varied as one would expect for an agency
whose mandate includes promoting the wise use of the natural resources of the state.
Educational activities have always been a vital part of the Survey's mission, because
the agency's "customers" include all of the citizens of Alabama, of all ages and
in all walks of life.
Educational outreach activities of the Survey include development and distribution
of publications; hands-on workshops for science teachers; geological field trips
for teachers, classes, and the general public; classroom visits; presentations to
groups as diverse as the Kiwanis Club and the Alabama Science Teachers Association;
tours of the Survey facilities in Tuscaloosa; and many more. Individual assistance
is always available by telephone, fax, mail, e-mail, or in person.
The Alabama Geological Survey is the state's number one source of educational publications
about the earth. Products range from brochures to field-trip guidebooks, slide sets,
booklets, postcards, and posters. Many are available at no charge. During the past
several years, the Survey has published educational calendars on some aspect of
the state's geology, many of which are still available as posters; posters about water resources and fossils; a water-resources poster; booklets about rocks, minerals, and
fossils; and several brochures. Many educational
publications are included in the educational series, but
others have been published as Information Series, Circulars, Bulletins, Special
Maps, and free brochures or fact sheets.
Alabama Outstanding Earth Science Teacher Award nomination form
Winners for a given year are chosen at the end of September. Nominations received after the end of September are considered for the following year.