Fun, Prizes, and Free Stuff: Geography Awareness Week is This Week!

Have you ever wanted to go onto the roof of the SWKT? Do you like competitions and prizes? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, then the Geography Department’s Geography Awareness Week is the week-long festivity for you. This is an annual activity meant to make geography fun and interesting for everyone.

The event kicks off on November 14.  Here is a rundown of the week’s activities:


November 14

Repp-ing It Up

A week long Geoguesser competition. Similar to last year’s geocaching competition, this year’s competition will involve hunting for things to win a prize. This year’s prize, though, will be a national parkannual pass (an $80 value). Visit their booth in Brigham’s Square outside of the Booth in the WILK everyday from 10am to to 2pm with details on and sign up sheets.


November 15


3pm. Student Urban Planning Association’s Tour of Campus. Conducted by Dr. Michael Clay. Meet at the Geography department office

November 16

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

SWKT Rooftop tours from 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

OSM (Open Street Maps)  Lab 2-3 640 SWKT: An effort to ” crowd source digitizing of roads and rural areas.”

November 17

Chauncy Harris Lecture at 11am 250 HBLL

They’ll also have a Bowl of Heaven (1283 N University Ave #101,) fundraiser from 3 -8 p.m., in which 15% of your purchases will be donated to the Geography Club. Be sure to place your receipt in the fundraiser donation box!

November 18

Geography Major Picture: All geography majors gather on the SWKT lawn (time TBA) for free hot chocolate and donuts and picture-taking!

Geoguesser winner announced at 12 noon

This event is bigger than just BYU’s Geography Department; it has in fact been going on around the country for more than twenty years. 

Anyone is eligible to win other prizes as well, including t-shirts, maps, and books by:

Says Geography club president Roman Huerta about the purpose of all of these activities: “We hope to raise awareness of the power of maps and spatial analysis.  When people understand its power and abilities they will use it more and apply it more to various aspects of their studies, research, and lives.  It is super relevant in today’s world, and the more people are using mapping software the more new and creative applications for geography will come forth and continue to grow and advance.”

Geography Awareness Week at BYU

Get into geography in new and exciting ways with your friends or kids! Participate in these activities, put on by BYU’s Geography Club, which is run by students and under the umbrella of the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences.

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Monday, November 16th: Geocaching Competition Begins

  • Download a free Geocaching app, or go to
  • Create an account on
  • Search for geocaches in Provo, Utah.
  • Find as many as you can until the morning of Friday, the 20th.
  • Show the logs of your visits in your app or by taking pictures of the caches and showing them to the students at the geography booth in the SWKT lobby throughout the week. You’ll receive an entry for a free GPS for each geocache you found.
  • If you need any help, you can click on the “i” button in the app, or the “Learn” tab at

Tuesday, November 17th: Campus Urban Planning Tour with Dr. Michael Clay

In cooperation with the Student Urban Planning Association, a Campus Tour will be conducted by urban planning authority Dr. Michael Clay. Meet in the SWKT lobby at the geography booth at 3 p.m.

Wednesday, November 18th: GIS Day and SWKT Rooftop Tour

Come learn about geographic information systems software, or take advantage of this rare opportunity to view your world from atop the highest building in Utah County. Meet at the geography table in the SWKT lobby any time between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. for a guided rooftop tour.


Thursday, November 19th: Chauncy Harris Lecture by Tim Warner on Remote Sensing

In 250 SWKT at 11 a.m.


Friday, November 20th: Geocaching Competition GPS Prize Winner Announced; SWKT Rooftop Tour, and 1st Annual Geography Major Picture

  • The winner of the the free Garmin GPS will be announced at 12 p.m. at the geography table in the SWKT lobby (see above for more information).
  • Another rare opportunity to gain admittance to the rooftop of the SWKT. Meet at the geography table in the SWKT lobby any time between 1 and 2 p.m.
  • Participate in the first annual Geography Major Picture 3 p.m. in the SWKT quad (to the south of the SWKT). If you’re a geography major at BYU, come dressed like a geography major and get ready to strike a pose for a giant group photo!