October 15, 2012

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Contact:
Chamois Andersen
Communications & Public Outreach
(307) 766-2286 x231
chamois.andersen@wyo.gov


Governor Mead Signs Proclamation for Earth Science Week, Oct. 14-20

Wyoming Governor Matt Mead has proclaimed the week of October 14-20 as Wyoming Earth Science Week. Earth Science Week coincides with National Fossil Day on October 17, with events planned by both the Tate Geological Museum at Casper College and the University of Wyoming Geological Museum (see below for details). “In Wyoming we are fortunate to have rich and diverse resources of all kinds – energy, mineral, water, and fossil. This week is a great time to explore Wyoming’s remarkable geology,” Governor Mead said.

Sponsors of this Proclamation and Earth Science Week include the Wyoming State Geological Survey (WSGS), Wyoming Geological Association, Casper College Earth Science Department, Tate Museum at Casper College, Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Wyoming, the University of Wyoming Geological Museum, and the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration.

To kick off Earth Science Week, the WSGS provided educational toolkits – geologic posters, career and college information, teaching resources and activities – to junior and high school science teachers across the state. To order a copy, please contact chamois.andersen@wyo.gov.

“This week gives Wyoming students and residents new opportunities to discover the wonders of our Earth and to encourage stewardship and sustainability of our natural resources,” State Geologist and WSGS Director Tom Drean said. “I encourage all our citizens and students to get out this week and take advantage of the learning opportunities in celebration of Earth Science Week.”

The Tate Geological Museum at the Casper College is hosting an open house from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, October 17 to celebrate the occasion. Bring the family and enjoy special tours of the museum, Dee the Mammoth, the largest Columbian mammoth found in North America, and the Lee Rex barn and the T. rex specimen. A junior paleontology program and activities will also be available to youth.

Also for Earth Science Week the University of Wyoming Geological Museum, while temporarily closed for renovations, and sponsored by the Department of Geology and Geophysics, has arranged a special “Passport to Adventure” event, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., also on Wednesday, October 17. Children can pick up their passport at the UW Earth Sciences Building and participate in this fun exploratory event.

This year’s Earth Science Week celebration is hosted by the American Geosciences Institute and sponsored by the Association of American State Geologists, with the Wyoming State Geological Survey, as Wyoming’s coordinating sponsor.

Proclamation for Earth Science Week, Oct. 14-20.

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