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Happy 119th Birthday, U.S. Geological Survey!
Released: 3/6/1998

Contact Information:
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communication
119 National Center
Reston, VA 20192
Marion Fisher 1-click interview
Phone: 703-648-4583 | FAX: 703-648-4588




Open House is coming...

Founded by the great scientific explorer of the American West, Maj. John Wesley Powell, the U.S. Geological Survey celebrates its 119th birthday today. Right here in Reston, the tradition of scientific exploration continues, with ongoing studies of the nation’s biological, water, and mineral resources and the mapping of Earth and other planets.

Help the USGS celebrate its 119th year, Arbor Day, Earth Day, and springtime all in one when you come to Open House at the USGS in Reston, Va., Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26. A 5K race and 2K fun run at 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning will kick off a fun-filled weekend of hands-on-activities, exhibits, tours, and events focused on volcanoes, dinosaurs, maps, floods, nature, earthquakes, and more.

The USGS National Center, located at 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive in Reston, will be open tothe public from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday (April 25) and 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday (April 26). For more information, call 703-648-5000 for general Open House information. For details on the 5K race and 2K fun run, call 703-648-6565.


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