2011 Earth Science Week Activities in Houston
Sponsored and Organized by the Houston Geological Society
Family Earth Science Festival was at the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s Weiss Energy Hall energy passport contest, hands-on demonstrations, special presentations, Boy Scout badge activities, and programs. Opening ceremony for Houston’s Earth Science Week in the museum.
HGS sponsored an ESW Art, Essay, and Photography Contest for students in the surrounding area. Eleven students won awards for their outstand work.
Consumer Energy Alliance hosted, in partnership with the City of Houston, Energy Day. This is a public, family-friendly festival held in Hermann Square and Tranquility Park in Downtown Houston. Geared toward K-12 students, Energy Day’s mission is to educate students and their families about energy by demonstrating energy innovation, technology, efficiency & conservation and the overall role of all forms of energy in meeting our current & future energy needs.
A Building Stones Tour was held in the area around Houston City Hall. The tour included buildings with fossiliferous limestone, oolite with worm trails, granite, labradorite, tufa, gneiss, lavarkite, onyx, stoney bryozoans, serpentine, marble and travertine.
A field trip organized by HGS drove attendees to Stone City Bluffs on the Brazos River to hunt for Eocene fossils from the green glauconite sand. The area is popularly known as the Whiskey Bridge outcrop. It's located on the south bank of the Brazos River at the Highway 21 bridge, southwest of Bryan/College Station. Fossils that can be found include corals, bryozoans, worms, crab claws, shark teeth, and otoliths (fish ear bones).