Public outreach towards geoconservation
29 March 2012 | Article
On the occasion of Earth Day, every spring, the Geological Society of Spain (SGE) organizes a nation-wide public outreach activity: Geolodía or the Day of Geology. This initiative has proven to be a major contribution to the promotion of geoconservation.
45 simultaneous fieldtrips throughout Spain. The logistics for Geolodía 12 are already on their way and the event will take place on 6 May in more than 50 provinces.
Geolodía is an initiative for public outreach and environmental education based on geoheritage interpretation and the explanation of geological processes in nature. Geolodía was born as a result of an analysis which showed that social perception of geology is inadequate. Participation has increased since the first time the event was organized in Spain in 2005. The event mainly consists of fieldtrips guided by geologists. The SGE, an IUCN Member, decided in 2010 to begin a national initiative following the successful example of the initiative at the local level in previous years.
Several hundred teachers, researchers, university professors and professional geologists help to organize fieldtrips, one per province - 50 in total every year, all of them on the same day in order to increase visibility in the media. Participation in the fieldtrips of Geolodía is free of charge and open to the public, with no requirement of specific background knowledge on geology. During the fieldtrips, the guides encourage participants to watch the landscape with “geology glasses” and learn to decipher its origin and evolution.
Geolodía currently provides 7,000 persons with the possibility to learn about and enjoy from close sight the geology of privileged Spanish geosites guided by an expert. Without doubt, it is a big celebration of geology in Spain.
The project is coordinated by the SGE with the collaboration of the Spanish Association for the Teaching of Earth Sciences (AEPECT) and the Geological Survey of Spain (IGME).