The NYSGS maintains a number of educational activities. In cooperation with the New York State Museum, the NYSGS hosts the annual Donald H. Cadwell Earth Science Teachers Workshop. This program is designed to facilitate hands-on investigation of the geologic evolution of New York State; establish close, continuous working relationships between New York State Earth Science teachers and the professional geologists from the NYSGS; and help Earth Science teachers obtain additional experiences and prepare materials for use in teaching Earth Science.
Staff members give lectures and seminars, run field trips within and outside of the New York State, teach geology courses in local colleges, present workshops for secondary school teachers, and perform other public awareness functions. NYSGS staff present research results and scientific seminars and meetings, serve as research advisors for MS/PhD candidates, give interviews to the news media, and supports student volunteers and geological professional and scientific societies. NYSGS staff, on a continuing basis, also serve as content specialists in the development of exhibits for the New York State Museum.