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.
Geography Awareness Week 2017 Theme: The Geography of Civil Rights Movements!
More information and resources regarding Geography Awareness Week 2017 coming soon!
- 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.
- UCCS 5th Annual Geography Trivia Night
- Check out the Geography Awareness Week Archive for material dating back all the way to 2000.
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
- Downstream Neighbor
- 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