Happy Earth Science Week 2010!

Snoqualmie Falls (A source of hydro power for Washington)

Fall is a great time to get out and enjoy the world! Take a hike, visit a museum, and take some time to contemplate the environment near your home. What do you take for granted? What do you usually overlook?

For me, I often get too busy and fail to appreciate and spend time in Portland’s many parks, large and small. Portland has over 8,100 acres of green space that you can enjoy. The most renowned are Washington Park, and Forest Park, of course, but there’s also Oak’s Bottom, Laurelhurst Park, and Cathedral Park; all among my favorites.

This year’s Earth Science Week theme is exploring energy, and I’ll have a post related to that theme a little later. In the meantime, head over to Science Bloggers for Students, and give a little of yourself to ensure that the world’s classrooms are filled with great learning materials for young kids so that they can grow up to be better stewards than we.

You get to pick the project(s) that you want to contribute to, and you’ll get a report directly from the teachers and school administrators regarding how your kind donation has helped them open the world to their students. I’m partial to this project, because I think that it’s important to leave the classroom occasionally (or, preferably, often) in order to make connections to the larger world. No one should ever be denied that opportunity because they didn’t come from a wealthy family or live in a wealthy school district.

Have a great week, everyone! Take some time to love your planet. :-)

P.S. The image above is of Snoqualmie Falls. It’s a source of hydroelectric power for the State of Washington. The power plant itself is completely underground. How badass is that? Learn about it here.


One thought on “Happy Earth Science Week 2010!

  1. Dear Mr. Michael Klaas,

    Thank you for posting and including coverage on Earth Science Week 2010.

    Each year, the American Geological Institute (AGI) organizes Earth Science Week to promote public and professional awareness of Earth Science in education and society.
    In 2009, we reached more than 40 million people through direct promotions, special events, media coverage, and the Internet. This public education campaign is growing in size and impact.

    Currently, we are in the process of putting together Earth Science Week 2010 Highlights and News Clippings, a report designed to show activities organized by AGI and other participating groups for Earth Science Week. Every year, we put in great effort to determine the number of people that Earth Science Week reaches. If you are able, please provide us with any information on how many people visit and/or subscribe to your website. We are especially interested in the number of visitors around Earth Science Week (October 10-16, 2010), if you have them available.

    Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

    Thank you and I am looking forward to your response.

    Filla Baliwag

    Filla Sofia C. Baliwag
    Outreach Programs Assistant
    American Geological Institute

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