On November 15, 16, and 17, a diverse group of educators met to begin shaping the future of undergraduate education in Earth sciences. The workshop, entitled “Spheres of Influence: Shaping the Future of Undergraduate Earth Systems Sciences Education,” challenged participants to develop a set of recommendations composing a plan for the Earth sciences community to develop a coherent educational mission using Earth Systems Sciences as a focus. Earth System Science views the Earth as a single system consisting of processes operating at timescales from seconds to the age of the Earth. Earth System Science integrates aspects of geology, meteorology, oceanography, and biology, in which humans are an integral part of the system. The final recommendations will be available for distribution in the Spring of 1997, and special sessions at AGU meetings and those of other societies will focus on this mission.