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Kentucky Earth Science Education Network

In 1996, the Education Committee of the Kentucky Geological Survey, in conjunction with the Kentucky Society of Professional Geologists, established the Earth Science Education Network (ESEN). Originally, the network provided a group of geologists who served as resource persons for teachers. In the fall of 1996, ESEN was expanded to provide resources from around the globe using the World Wide Web. In order to keep the network useful, we encourage suggestions from educators. If you have a suggestion, send a message by e-mail to, or phone a member of the Earth Science Education Committee of the Kentucky Geological Survey at (859) 257-5500, or write to the Earth Science Education Committee, Kentucky Geological Survey, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506-0107

picture of key The Key to Earth Science Education Standards: Links to excellent earth science resources available on the World Wide Web to help educators with earth-science topics addressed in the...
picture of key Key Earth Science Links: Important links to earth science topics (i.e., dinosaurs, volcanoes, etc.) on the World Wide Web are arranged alphabetically.
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Classroom Activities: Handouts and instructions for classroom demonstrations and activities you can download and copy.
picture of a question mark Did you know…?  Interesting facts about Kentucky earth science.

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Maps-to-Teachers: New geology maps for each Kentucky county are now available. Teachers may request a laminated copy for use in their classroom.

4-H Rock, Mineral, and Fossil Collections :  Rules and guidelines for assembling rock, mineral, and fossil collections for 4-H in Kentucky.

A Pictorial Tour of Kentucky Regions: The Land, the people, and the resources, seen through photos and illustrations. Eastern Kentucky Coal Region, Bluegrass Region Climb aboard! Tell us what you think! Help us make them classroom friendly!
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K-12 Earth Science Teachers Discussion List. Want to ask questions to other earth science teachers or to geologists? Subscribe to the EarthK-12 list; it's free! To subscribe, send an e-mail to and in the text type...subscribe earthk-12 Yourfirstname Yourlastname and send it. To post a message or question to the group after you have subscribed, send your e-mail to To leave the list at any time, send an e-mail to LISTSERV@LSV.UKY.EDU. The body of the message should be: signoff EarthK-12 (Do not include any signatures or other text in the message.) For more information, see the ListServ General User's Guide,
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Popular Kentucky Earth Science Publications: Brief descriptions of popular publications from the Kentucky Geological Survey, which may be useful in the classroom, and outside the classroom on field trips.
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Kentucky Earth Science Information Sources:  Contact information for parks and museums in or near Kentucky where you can see and experience earth science, and contact information for university geology departments, other agencies, and people that can help answer questions about Kentucky earth science.

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Kentucky Earth Science Calendar: List of earth-science events and links to public rock and mineral, fossil, and caving groups that have meetings and field trips in Kentucky.
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Kentucky Kids Dig Earth Science: Photos and images of earth science from Kentucky school children.
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We thank the people who took the time to provide or screen links, write annotations, and prepare information for this section including, Stephen F. Greb, Donald R. Chesnut, Jr., Tammi Johnson, Brandon C. Nuttall, Oscar "Bart" Davidson, Kevin Wente, Stephen O. Moshier, David Harris, Cortland F. Eble, Anna E. Watson, Douglas R. Graham, and James C. Currens.