Colorado Geographic Alliance

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 behind Geography Awareness Week here.
   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.  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.  Click on links below to learn more about the celebration.


Geography Awareness Week 2014: The Future of Food



Geography Awareness Week 2013: The New Age of Exploration

Geography Awareness Week 2013

Geography Awareness Week 2012 - Declare Your Interdependence

Celebrating Geography Worldwide—November 11-17, 2012

This year’s Geography Awareness Week theme explores the idea that we are all are connected to the rest of the world through the decisions we make on a daily basis, including what foods we eat and the things we buy.

COGA is very interested in what's happening all over the state for GAW!  We'd love to hear about it and feature you on our Facebook or Website.  To contact COGA about GAW send an email to
Are you a GIS Professional or Educator planning an event or visit to a school for Geography Awareness Week?  We'd love to share what you're doing, so register your event on the National GIS Day Online Event Map -

New Activity!! - Check out this great worksheet to challenge your students on their global awareness knowledge for Geography Awareness Week!

Geography Awareness Week 2012 Resources

-Global Closet Calculator-

An interactive game that explores interdependence.

-International GIS Day-

Celebrate the power of GIS on Nov. 14th!

-Explore NGS Education's Toolkit-

-Download a Printable GAW Map Poster Here-

Geography Awareness Week 2011 - 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 - Freshwater