Geography Awareness Week
Geography Awareness Week
Geography Awareness Week (GAW), celebrated every third week of November, is an awareness program focused on highlighting the importance of geo-literacy and geo-education. A new theme for each year is announced in midsummer accompanied by related online resources and activities, which are then available year-round.
Read more about the purpose and history of Geography Awareness Week here.
Explore ways to celebrate.
Geography Awareness Week 2017 Theme: The Geography of Civil Rights Movements!
- UCCS 6th Annual Geography Trivia Night
Geography Awareness Week 2016 Theme: Explore! The Power of Parks!
Celebrate and explore the power of parks November 13 - 19, 2016. Spatial thinking through maps is one of the most important skills that students can develop as they learn geography, Earth and environmental sciences, and so much more.
Geography Awareness Week 2015 Theme: Explore! The Power of Maps!
From November 15 - 21, 2015, hundreds of thousands of people celebrated Geography Awareness Week's 2015 Theme: Explore! The Power of Maps. Click on links below to learn more about the celebration.
- UCCS 4th Annual GeoQuiz Trivia Night
- Click on this link to see photos from the 2015 UCCS GeoQuiz Trivia Night.
- GIS Day November 18th, 2015
- See this map to look at Geography Awareness Week Activities that happened across Colorado.
- To test your geography quizzing skills or simply just for fun, visit this site.
Geography Awareness Week 2014 Theme: The Future of Food
Geography Awareness Week 2013 Theme: The New Age of Exploration
Geography Awareness Week 2012 Theme: Declare Your Interdependence
Geography Awareness Week 2011 Theme:The Adventure in Your Community
- What were Coloradans doing during Geography Awareness Week 2011? See this slide show to learn how they were thinking spatially.
Geography Awareness Week 2010 Theme: Freshwater
- During Geography Awareness Week 2010, National Geographic Society Chairman of the Board Gil Grosvenor discussed why effective democracy requires geographic literacy, and other benefits of a thorough geographic education. Check out his comments on the Nat Geo News Watch.
- Colorado Foundation for Water Education
- Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District
- Wall Street Journal Article: "In Arid West, Thirsty Lawns Get Cut From Plans", October 13, 2009
- Water First: Reaching the Millennium Development Goals, film directed by Amy Hart
- Water Footprint: Yet Another 'Footprint' to Worry About: Water, Alexander Alter, The Wall Street Journal
- The Water Page (thanks to the students in Ms. Walters' class in Amorita, Oklahoma for suggesting this link)
- World Water Monitoring Day