Upcoming Events

October 18, 2016
Fossil Field Workshop

Geological Hangman


Alabama State Fossil


Basilosaurus cetoides


Fossils of the Black Belt - A Hands-On Field Workshop for Science Teachers

University of West Alabama in Livingston and vicinity

October 18, 2016

8:00am to 4:30pm

Cost: $15.00

preregistration required

Earth Science Week!

earth science week banner

Contact Information

GSA/AAS Coordinator

Yvonne Massey

Executive Assistant to the State Geologist

(205) 247-3687

WMS/AAS Coordinator

Robin Stevenson

Science Teacher

(205) 759-3673

SVM/AAS Coordinator

Sherita Abrams-Taylor

Science Teacher

(205) 752-1830


Adopt a School

Tuscaloosa’s Adopt-A-School Program directed by the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama has become an established part of the local community’s educational fabric.   The purpose of the program is to utilize the vast human resources and talents of the business community to strengthen, enhance, and enrich the quality of education in the public schools of the Tuscaloosa County and City School systems. The Geological Survey of Alabama/State Oil and Gas Board (GSA/OGB) has been an Adopt-A-School partner for almost 20 years and is a partner with Southview Middle School and Westlawn Middle School

The State Geologist and staff are committed to having a Very Involved Partnership through the sponsorship of a variety of educational activities that include:

Job Shadowing

 During the month of February in recognition of National Groundhog Job Shadowing Day on February 2nd, the GSA provides a job shadowing experience for students.  With job shadowing, students “shadow” workplace mentors as they go through a normal day on the job.  Job Shadowing has proven to be an academically motivating educational activity dedicated to giving students an up-close look at the world of work and providing a link between academics and careers in the geosciences. As students observe work being performed in the workplace, they see first hand the importance of good math skills, communication skills, people skills and the ability to use technology as important tools that are required in almost all job positions at the GSA/OGB. 

Earth Science Week

Since October 1998, the American Geological Institute has organized Earth Science Week as a national and international event to help the public gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Earth Sciences and to encourage stewardship of the Earth.  The GSA/OGB receives a proclamation from the Governor of the State and sponsors an Earth Science Event for students to participate in hands-on demonstrations of a geological activity.

Classroom Speakers 

Participation in Read-A-Thon - Read Across America is celebrated in the schools and GSA/OGB staff are invited to read from selected books.

Honoring the Achievements of Students

Teacher/Adopter Appreciation

In recognition of Teacher Appreciation Week, the GSA/OGB hosts an Appreciation Luncheon for faculty and provides them with educational resource materials.  To show appreciation to their Adopter, the schools provide thank you notes to GSA/OGB staff and present them with gift baskets during special times of the year.

Parent Appreciation

The GSA/OGB is represented at Open House with an exhibit table and gives pens, pencils, postcards, posters, and other items to parents to help them gain a better understanding of what the GSA/OGB is doing to help their children learn about the geosciences.

Adopt-A-School Week Activities

The GSA/OGB participates in various activities to celebrate Adopt-A-School Week including hanging banners, displaying exhibits at the schools, and activities to honor our partners.

Community Service Projects

The GSA/OGB collects old telephone directories for the schools to help with their participation in the Telephone Book Recycling Project and supports Christmas Gift Giving to students.