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Make Tracks to USGS for the Holidays
Released: 12/13/1999

Contact Information:
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communication
119 National Center
Reston, VA 20192
Susan Wells 1-click interview
Phone: 703-648-7452 | FAX: 703-648-4466

Train enthusiasts! Science fans! Students! Teachers! Families! Young and the young-at-heart! The U.S. Geological Survey invites everyone to attend the 11th annual holiday model train showcase and science exhibition at its headquarters in Reston, Virginia. Bring your family and friends to this one-of-a-kind event that will become a holiday favorite.

· December 20 to 23, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
· December 21, 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

· U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, Va.
· Parking and admission are free.
· For more information call (703) 648-5000 or visit the USGS web at www.usgs.gov

· See Lionel, American Flyer, G and HO scale trains zipping through miniature towns and past an active volcano.
· Explore many science displays about animals, water, minerals and maps.
· View the 25th Annual USGS Employees’ Photo Exhibition.
· Shop for unique holiday gifts at the USGS Earth Science Information Center
· Learn about science on the web at hands-on computer exhibits on Dec. 21.

Looking for an unusual gift? The USGS Earth Science Information Center is open each weekday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and on December 21 to 9:00 p.m. Here’s where you’ll find free general interest publications and teaching materials; and where you can purchase topographic maps, satellite image maps or a geologic map of your neighborhood. Call 1-888-ASK-USGS for product information, or visit our homepage at http://www.usgs.gov and click on product information.

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