What are Geoparks?

Geoparks stands for:


Education and popularization of science play an important part within the broad range of educational activities happening in Geoparks for all groups of populations.

Geo-Science – and research based on geological settings,  with back-up from academics - come naturally in Geoparks.

Cultural aspects within a Geopark, significant for regional identity, are living tangible and intangible components, and are an integral part of a Geopark; they are closely related to the landscape people live in.

A sound communication and PR strategy is an essential part of the Global Geoparks Network, and members are not just members of a list; membership means active communication between Geoparks across physical and political boundaries, leading to cooperation projects and true exchange.


Michigan’s Keweenaw seems to have all the elements of a Geopark, with exciting geology and spectacular scenery, which has led to an important history marked by diverse immigration and abundant wealth creation. There are a large number of associated attractions, linked by geology, and a history of cooperative outreach, geoscience, cultural and historic organizations.


  First in North America


Lochaber Geopark, Scotland

The eleven newest Geoparks


A Keweenaw Geopark?

According to Wesley Hill, Geological Society of America, Geoparks:

  1.   Have destination identities similar to national heritage areas

  2.   Are defined by geology of the landscape and transcend  boundaries of protected areas

  3.   Operate as a partnership of people and land managers working to promote earth heritage through education and sustainable tourism

  4.   Are nationally or globally significant geologic areas