The third annual Amateur Radio operating event, Get Your Park ON!, will occur October 10-18, 2020 in celebration of Earth Science Week. The event is open to Amateur Radio operators around the world and is sponsored by the U.S. affiliate of World Wide Flora and Fauna.
Since October 1998, the American Geosciences Institute has organized Earth Science Week, a national and international event to help the public gain a better understanding and appreciation of the Earth sciences and to encourage stewardship of the Earth, common goals shared by the Amateur Radio program World Wide Flora and Fauna. Both programs encourage their participants to get outside and enjoy nature.
During this this International and on-the-air celebration hams throughout the world can participate in one of two ways. First, hams can be Activators who will set up and operate their radio stations in geological and nature centers, be they places like National or State Parks, National Monuments, protected nature habitats, or National or State Forests. Or they can be Hunters that will operate from their home stations, search out the Activators, and make over-the-air radio contacts.
Get Your Park ON! will start October 10 at 0000 UTC and run through October 18at 2359 UTC. Operators from around the world are encouraged to participate in this year’s International event.
Adjunct to the Get Your Park ON! on the air activities, Earth Science Week 2020 engages young people and others with learning resources and activities exploring the relationship between the arts and the Earth systems. This year’s theme of “Earth Materials in Our Lives” promotes public understanding and stewardship of the planet.
Of special interest to the Amateur Radio community and their families is a “Earth Materials Around the World” video contest, an “Earth Materials in My Community” photo contest and an Essay Contest, “How We Process Earth Materials,” for 6-9th graders.