1 October 2001 Exploring the World Through Geology: Harold E. Jones and 4-H Geology in Kansas, 1968–1977
James R. Underwood Jr.
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Harold Jones' 4-H Geology Project was unique in the history of geologic education in Kansas. Not only did this grass-roots program introduce the young participants, their leaders, and their parents to the basic principles and materials of geology, the program also provided an appreciation of the state's natural resources and the fragility of its natural environment.

Jones undertook the revitalization of the Geology Project in the 4-H program in Kansas in 1968. In short order, he established a three-tier activity program for participants and prepared materials, both written and display, for instruction both of 4-H members and their adult leaders. Between 1968 and his retirement from Kansas State University in 1977, the 4-H Geology Project in Kansas introduced hundreds of young Kansans, their 4-H sponsors and leaders, and their parents to the basic concepts and materials of geology. Although difficult to measure, the insights provided undoubtedly have had a positive influence as the young people have matured and, as citizens of the State of Kansas, have faced such issues as water quality, waste disposal, pollution and contamination, soil erosion, and other environmental and energy problems of a technologically advanced society.

James R. Underwood Jr. "Exploring the World Through Geology: Harold E. Jones and 4-H Geology in Kansas, 1968–1977," Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 104(3), 199-211, (1 October 2001). https://doi.org/10.1660/0022-8443(2001)104[0199:ETWTGH]2.0.CO;2
Published: 1 October 2001
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