School and Community Groups

Groups of all ages are encouraged to schedule visits to the museum. K-12 educational programs align with state standards relating to rocks and minerals, the rock cycle, fossils, plate tectonics, and other geological and environmental issues.

To set up a school group visit, please contact Dr. Andrew Heckert via email ( or at (828) 262-7609. Typical vists are 30-45 minutes, with another 30 minutes available for the rock garden (weather permitting).

Teachers wishing to view the exhibits on their own are encouraged to visit at any time, including during the Answersphere hours.

Click on the relevant grade level below for information specific to that age group:


Contact (schedules/visits/questions)

Dr. Andrew Heckert
(828) 262-7609

108 Rankin Science South
572 Rivers Street
Boone, NC 28608

Open: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. M-F (during semester)
Closed: Weekends, University holidays, weather closures

Department of Geology

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