Online Education Resource Guide

Digital outcrop models.
A digital outcrop model of heterolithic channel-belt deposits, detailed in GSA Today article "Visualization and Sharing of 3D Digital Outcrop Models to Promote Open Science".

As we work together to keep moving forward in these uncertain times, GSA is here to support the geoscience community.

We have created the following Online Education Resource Guide, to help with online teaching, learning and remote research, including links to third-party offerings that might be helpful. We encourage you to use and share this information to benefit your work in whatever ways it might.

GSA Offerings

GSA Member Community

Join the discussion in GSA’s online Member Community. Stay in touch, share information and resources with colleagues, give and receive feedback.

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GSA Webinar Library

Recorded webinars focused on grants, programs, career development, and educator tools, including information about remote teaching resources, such as virtual landscapes, GigaPan, and Google Earth.

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GSA E-Teach Resources

Teaching resources with background information, hands-on/minds-on activities, images, and 3D models; topics include volcanoes, tsunamis, earth cycles, forensic geology, and more.

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GSA Today Online Ahead of Print

Science: Visualization and Sharing of 3D Digital Outcrop Models to Promote Open Science
by Nesbit et al.

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Groundwork: Geoscience Videos and Animations: How to Make Them with Your Students, and How to Use Them in the Classroom
by Stern et al.

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University of Texas at Dallas Geoscience Videos

GSA Speaking of Geoscience Blog

Looking for another perspective on the COVID-19 pandemic? Earth science might help
by Mark Quigley

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GSA EarthCache Program

Anyone can make a free account at Login, search for any location of interest, use filters to highlight nearby EarthCache sites, and "visit" those sites virtually to learn about an area's geology.

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At a future date, some of the resources listed above may return to member-only access, but at present, it is GSA’s wish to do everything we can to make life a little bit easier. If you support our mission, and are in a position to do so, please consider a GSA membership to help keep our community strong.


External & Associated Society Offerings

National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA) and the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)

Two of GSA’s Associated Societies, NESTA and NAGT, offer online libraries of high-quality geoscience education resources.



American Geosciences Institute (AGI)

AGI offers free and reduced-price resources for geoscientists.

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National Science Foundation (NSF)

Seven NSF-supported STEM resources that are perfect for at-home learning.

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U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Learn from home with USGS Education.

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National Parks

Virtually tour 31 U.S. National Parks from home via Google Earth.

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Direct link to tour

U.S. Forest Service Stories in Stone

A StoryMap highlighting the tremendous diversity of geologic features in our National Forest System (NFS) lands.

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Interactive Lessons about Space, Earth, Solar System and Universe

Lessons from Astronauts about Living in Space

STEM Activities for Students of All Ages

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Use Real-Time Ocean Data to Explore the Environment.

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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Science How Webcast Archives

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International Association for Geoscience Diversity (IAGD)

"Designing Remote Geology Field Courses" webinar from 23 March, 2020 (Featuring Incoming GSA President Doug Walker)

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IAGD homepage

Paleontological Research Institute (PRI)

PRI Teacher-Friendly Guides to Earth Science (free to download)

Teacher-Friendly Guides to Earth science

Learn and Teach at Home

Coloring Activity for Children: Cecil's Colossal Journey Through Time

University of California Museum of Paleontology

Investigates and promote the understanding of the history of life and the diversity of the Earth’s biota through research and education.

Understanding Evolution

ACCESS (Advancing Community College Education and Success) Paleo

American Geophysical Union (AGU)

AGU Online Learning Exchange for K-20+ Students

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An award-winning science podcast for kids and families

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Note: These recommendations are from our Associated Societies, members and partner organizations, but they are not necessarily endorsed by GSA. GSA is not responsible for maintaining external links and inclusion on this page does not constitute GSA support.