The McKinney Geology Teaching Museum at AppState provides opportunities for all levels of girl and boy scouts to earn merit badges and patches.

Other than the regular opening hours (M-F 8:am to 5:00pm), the Answersphere at the Museum, which is ran by Geology students, is open from Sunday-Thursday 5:00-8:30pm. This evening slot is also a great time to bring your troop as Rankin Hall is much quieter than during the day.

Click on the icons below for a list of STEM activities through the museum.

For questions about bringing your troop to the museum, please contact Marta Toran (


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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