Outreach and Education

The Louisiana Geological Survey’s (LGS) Outreach and Educational program has been an integral part of the LGS Mission since 1934. Educational activities and interest have provided individual assistance by telephone, FAX, mail, e-mail, or in person. The LGS is the state’s number one source of educational and technical information about Louisiana’s natural resources.

Educational materials LGS provides to the citizens and those interested in Louisiana geological history are in the form of brochures, field-trip guides, booklets, maps, post cards, and posters. Many available free to the general public and other materials available to teachers by written request on their school letterhead. The LGS Public Information Series includes booklets about rocks and minerals, water resources, folios, bulletins, maps, CD ROMs and free pamphlets and fact sheets.

The survey staff historically has answered hundreds of requests for information and assistance, judged science fairs, helped students conduct scientific research, visited K-12 schools, lectured to civic groups, and made presentations to educational and professional conferences.

The LGS also maintains a well core repository of over 30,000 feet of core samples, and a oil and gas geophysical log library. This repository and library are available to the general public and professionals that are interested in the natural resources and geologic history of Louisiana. These assets may be viewed during regular working hours of 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. Please contact Melissa Esnault at mesnau1@lsu.edu or by phone at 225-578-5320.

The natural resources of the state of Louisiana are a very important economic source of revenue, and it is important that the citizens of Louisiana understand and have knowledge of these valuable assets to better manage the state’s natural resources. This knowledge of the earth processes and natural systems are interconnected and that sustainable development in a healthy environment depends on a basic knowledge of the earth’s processes and resources.


Rock’n In The Swamp

LGS participated in the event titled “Rock’n in the Swamp” organized by the Baton Rouge Parks and Recreation and is a one day educational outreach for schools.  The LGS exhibit booth displayed rocks and minerals found in Louisiana and other places and thin sections.  Fossil specimens were also displayed.  The LGS booth proved to be one of the star attractions for the hundreds of school students and other adults attending the event.

fossil presentation
riley rockin the swamp


Earth Science Week

Earth Science Week is an annual one-week themed event sponsored nationwide by the American Geosciences Institute to raise awareness of Earth sciences and provide educational materials and information on trends in research related to Earth systems and their importance to society. Through this event, and in conjunction with the Office of the Public Information Director, Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, LGS makes available a limited number of free educational kits with posters, pamphlets, and demonstration supplies for K-12 Earth Science programs.

Annual Groundwater Symposium

The Louisiana Geological Survey and the Louisiana Water Research Institute (LSU) organizes and hosts the “Groundwater, Surface Water and Water Resources” Symposium each year.  It is a very well attended symposium (100+) and many LGS staff members were involved in various aspects of the program.  Attendees also received educational credits towards the Louisiana Board of Professional Geoscientists (LBOPG).

Papers are presented by faculty and students from a number of Louisiana universities, staff from Louisiana state agencies, staff from local consultants and staff from LGS and USGS.  Papers cover a variety of subjects which focus mainly on water quality and water supply of groundwater and fresh surface water.  A number of papers concerning water management, water treatment and legal aspects of water management may be presented.  

The symposium provides professionals an opportunity to complete a significant portion of the continuing education requirements as defined by the LBOPG. Professional geoscientists of general educational hours required and many completed their ethics requirement as defined by LBOPG which is one hour yearly.  The full schedules and abstracts for each presentation are available at http://lwrri.lsu.edu/conference/.

Louisiana Coastal Geology Framework Symposium

The symposium discusses a wide-range of coastal Louisiana's geological framework, featuring some new interpretations. For more information, please contact symposium chairman John Johnston III at hammer@lsu.edu

Geologic Map Day

On October 14, 2016 LGS and the Baton Rouge Geological Society hosted a meeting at the Baton Rouge Bluebonnet Library celebrating "Geologic Map Day". The Louisiana Geological Survey put on a display of their published 30x60 Minute Geologic Quadrangle maps. The meeting included a presentation by the LGS staff responsible for the development of each map from field development to a finished cartographic product. The public was invited to the presentation. The maps were on display for the entire week of Earth Science Week.

The LGS also has, along with some of the 30x60 Minute maps, won International and National awards for their map development and cartographic expertise. One of those won Best Special Purpose Map: Geologic Map of the West-Central Barberton Greenstone Belt, South Africa was on display. Cartography by John Snead and Robert Paulsell. Geology by Donald R. Lowe, Gary R. Byerly, & Christoph Heubeck http://www.geosociety.org

Louisiana Geofacts quiz

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Louisiana Geofacts Q and A