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Educational resources

Attention teachers, our Outreach Geologist, Sarah Laxton, is on leave until June 2017, but we are still available for cool class visits and fun field trips!
Contact us if you would like to organize something:


Posted: July 27th, 2016

Posted: July 11th, 2016

Posted: June 13th, 2016


Posted: July 13th, 2016

Geologist Lee Pigage explains the how the giant copper nugget was formed on the Whitehorse Rock Walk.

Posted: June 10th, 2016

Christ the King Grade 7 Class
Miles Canyon Geology Field Trip

Posted: June 7th, 2016

EdGEO Teachers’ Workshop

Chris King, Emeritus Professor of Earth Science Education, Keele University, demonstrates the “Volcano in the lab” activity at the EdGEO Teachers’ Workshop hosted by the Yukon Geological Survey.

Posted: November 24th, 2015

St. Elias Community School Grade 6/7
Whitehorse Geoscience Forum

Posted: August 31, 2015

Tombstone Park Geology Weekend Photos
photos: YG-Sara Nielsen

Pointing out features on the Geology Map

Enjoying the great geologic viewscape on the Goldensides hike

Unveiling the new Building Blocks of Tombstone Geology Map

St. Elias Community School Grade 6/7
Geology Field Trip, Kathleen Lake

Posted: June 3, 2015

Exploring the shoreline of Kathleen Lake and identifying pebbles.                                                                                                                                                              

  Vanier Geology 12 class visits the YGS Core Library Posted: January 05, 2015


Students participate in a hands-on petroleum core logging activity

Yukon College Geological Technology students gaining hands-on experience with Yukon Geological Survey’s ground penetrating radar.  

Robert Service Grade 6 class field trip
Tombstone Park Geology

Posted: September 10, 2014

A beautiful day to explore the geology of Goldensides.

Seeing the landscape depicted on the geology map of Tombstone Park.

Glacial History of Fish Lake
Rock Walk

Posted: July 31, 2014

Geology of Miles Canyon
Rock Walk

Posted: July 21, 2014

Geology of Whitehorse
Rock Walk

Posted: July 14, 2014

Glacial Geology Field Work
Posted: June 25, 2014

Sampling wood in a lateral moraine glacial deposit.

Watson Lake Secondary School, Geology 12
Posted: January 27, 2014

Geoscience Workshop for Yukon Teachers
Posted: September 27, 2013

Testing the properties of rocks and minerals.

Watson Lake Secondary School, Field Trip
Posted: September 20, 2013

Getting a closer look at the basalt.

Checking out the boulders sculpted by the river.

Tombstone Park Geology Weekend photos
Posted: August 27, 2013

The clouds lifted on the Grizzly trail hike to reveal Monolith Mountain.  

Geologist Don Murphy points out the geology on a hike up Goldensides with
Robert Service School students.

Rock painting art actvity in the Tombstone Interpretive Centre.

Discussing the geology on Goldensides, in the snow!

Don pointing out the geologic features visible from the Grizzly Trail viewpoint.

Observing the folded strata from the Grizzly Trail viewpoint.

Pointing out the geologic landforms deposited by glaciers.
Monolith Mountain in the background.

Watson Lake Secondary School, Geology 12 Field Trip
Posted: June 21, 2013

Checking out the glacially polished rock.

Scouring the shoreline for interesting rock samples.

Science Adventures All-Girls Science Club

The theme this year is the Science of Earth and Space
Posted: March 15, 2013

For information and registration click here

Geoscience Forum Trade Show Tour participants
Posted: Nov. 27, 2012

Golden Horn students ready to depart on their tour!

Sediment on tree deposited by debris flow
Posted: Sept. 20, 2012

Patrick pointing to sediment high up on tree from debris flow that occured
over eight years ago at 10 Mile Creek, south of Carmacks.

Photos from the 2012 Field Season: Rackla (part 2)
Posted: Sept.6, 2012

(Photo: Chelsea Raley)

(Photo: Derek Thorkelson)

(Photo: Grant Abbott)

Photos from the 2012 Field Season: Rackla (part 1)
Posted: Aug.23, 2012

(Photo: Steve Israel)

(Photo: Don Murphy)

(Photo: David Moynihan)

Photos from 'Weekend on the Rocks' 
Tombstone Territorial Park, Aug. 10-12

Posted: Aug.13, 2012

Encaustic painting workshop in the Tombstone Interpretive Centre with Nicole Bauberger

Geology walk along Charcoal Creek with Charlie Roots

Pointing out features on the geologic map on the Grizzly Trail hike

Ground Penetrating Radar Investigations, Whitehorse
Posted: July 9, 2012

The orange box is the GPR's 400 MHz antenna  (photo: Yukon Government)

Setting up the survey grid(photo: Yukon Government)

Earth Science for Society, Calgary (May 13-15th)
Posted: June 8, 2012

Learning about glaciation and the Yukon 20, 000 years ago!

Pointing out the lowering of global sea level during the last Ice Age.

Landscape Hazards Mapping Project - Video
Posted: May 17, 2012

Art & Geology Exhibit at the New H.S. Bostock Core Library (May 9th)
Posted: May 10, 2012

Wheaton Glacier Research Project - Video
Posted: May 10, 2012

Educational Resources

The Outreach Program offers a variety of services for Yukon Teachers. 

These include:

  • annual geoscience professional development workshops for Teachers

  • geology field trips

  • class room presentations

  • special events

  • providing class room resources 

For more information please contact: Sarah Laxton 867-393-7187

Canadian Geoscience Education Network (CGEN) - Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences

CGEN’s Favorite links – Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences

Earth Science Links for all – Mining Matters

EdGeo – Canadian Earth Science Teacher Workshop Program

Geoscapes Whitehorse – Geological Survey of Canada

MineralsEd – Mineral Resources Education Program of B.C.

WHERE Challenge – Earth Sciences Canada

Yukon Permafrost 101 – Yukon Permafrost Network