Explore the educational materials below for interactive hands-on activities and publications on numerous geology topics, including energy resources, bedrock & glacial geology, fossils, minerals, groundwater, and more. If you are unable to find a publication of interest, or if a publication is not available for download, please contact the Geologic Records Center for assistance.
Ohio Rocks! Activity Book, 24 p., 2016. Designed for young learners, the book provides information and activities on the geology of Ohio from the Ordovician Period through the Ice Age. Activities include mazes, word searches, fill-in-the-blanks, connect-the-dots, and scenes for coloring. Topics include rocks and minerals, crystals, fossils, energy resources, and the tools geologists use to study them. Teachers and students will find the exercises helpful in meeting and reinforcing educational standards for Earth Science. Each booklet is $2.50 (plus tax & shipping).
Click here to download the complete activity book (pdf).
Your House Rocks (Educational Leaflet 21) offers a brief look at the raw materials we need to build our homes and provide us with products we might take for granted, such as toothpaste or roof shingles. The leaflet features full-color photos and illustrations, including a fold-out poster (15 x 17 inches) showing the many parts of a house that are made from rocks, minerals, and petroleum products.
Click here to download an 8.5 x 11-inch free version. See below for a list of all available educational leaflets.
Hands On Earth Science Activities
The Hands On (HO) series features simple experiments and other interactive, educational activities that meet State of Ohio science education standards for various grade levels. Hard copies are printed on 8½"-x-11" card stock and punched to fit a three-ring binder. Single copies are free; orders for multiple copies may be submitted to the Geologic Records Center and will include shipping and handling charges.
Click here to download the complete series of HO activities (pdf). K–12 grade-level indicators are included and correlated to each activity.
The Educational Leaflet (EL) series offers nontechnical, full-color brochures on a variety of topics of popular interest. These leaflets can be used solely for as brief introductions or as primers for more in-depth research. Single copies are free and can be downloaded here in an 8½"-x-11" format. Bulk copies are available by contacting the Geologic Records Center. Shipping and handling will be charged for bulk orders.
- Building Stones of Ohio's capitols
- Clay and shale in Ohio
- Earthquakes in Ohio
- Flint, Ohio's Official Gemstone
- The Ice Age in Ohio
- Ohio Topographic Maps
- Programs and Services of the Division of Geological Survey
- Ohio's Natural Arches
- Ohio's Geologic Walk Through Time at the Ohio State Fairgrounds Natural Resources Park
- Your House Rocks
The GeoFacts (GF) series features nontechnical, two-sided fact sheets on various topics about Ohio’s geology. GeoFacts offer concise information on fossils, rocks & minerals, economic geology, geologic history & processes, and more. They are designed for printing on 8½"-x-11" paper. Single copies are free and can be downloaded here. Bulk copies are available by contacting the Geologic Records Center. Shipping and handling will be charged for bulk orders.
- Bedrock Topography of Ohio
- Earthquakes and Seismic Risk in Ohio
- Ohio Shale Concretions
- Ohio Trilobites
- Isotelus: Ohio's State Fossil
- The Scioto Saline—Ohio's Early Salt Industry
- Landslides in Ohio
- Gold in Ohio
- The Teays River
- Rocks and Minerals Mined in Ohio and Their Uses
- Mine Subsidence
- The Geology of Ohio—The Precambrian
- History of Coal Mining in Ohio
- Coal Mining and Reclamation
- Coal and Electricity
- Fossil Collecting in Ohio
- Sand and Gravel
- The Geology of Ohio—The Cambrian
- Where to see Ohio Geology
- The Effects of the Great New Madrid Earthquakes in Ohio
- A Brief Summary of the Geologic History of Ohio
- Tiny Hidden Treasures—The Microfossils of Ohio
- High-calcium Limestones in Ohio
- Aglime—Agricultural Limestone and Dolomite in Ohio
- Fracture Sand in Ohio
- Celestine in Ohio
- Macksburg Oil Field
- The "Clinton" Oil-and-Gas Play in Ohio
- Ohio Karst
- Ohio Dimension Stone
- Ice Age in Ohio: Evidence Below our Feet
- Megalograptus ohioensis―Ohio's Giant Sea Scorpion
- Dunkleosteus terrelli—Ohio's State Fossil Fish
Hiking & Walking Tour Guides
Hikes offer terrific opportunities for interactive, first-hand learning about Ohio geology. The following handouts were produced by the Division of Geological Survey for geologic hikes during Earth Science Week and other events. These hikes were cosponsored by the Division in cooperation with state and local park systems. The guides are designed to be printed on 11" x 17" paper and folded in the middle.
- Geology of Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve
- Geology of Chestnut Ridge MetroPark
- Geology of Clear Creek MetroPark
- Geology of Clifton Gorge and John Bryan State Park
- Geology of Gallagher Fen State Nature Preserve
- Geology of Highbanks MetroPark
- Geology of Lake Katharine State Nature Preserve
- Geology of Lobdell Reserve
- Geology of Miller Sanctuary State Nature Preserve
- Geology of Mohican State Park
- Geology of Nelson-Kennedy Ledges State Park
- Geology of Shallenberger State Nature Preserve
- Geology of the St. Marys Region
The Division of Geological Survey has many other publications that offer numerous educational opportunities and information to assist students and educators in understanding earth science concepts. From technical poster presentations and bulletins designed for a scientific audience, to guidebooks for fascinating field trips, to archival copies of the Ohio Geology newsletter, there's something for educators and learners of all ages.
We invite you to explore the Publications Catalog to find the documents you need to understand and appreciate Ohio's fascinating geology.