Gr. 3-5 Groups

Students by this age have already covered some Earth Science in elementary school, but it might be as far back as 1st Grade. They may have covered physical characteristics of rocks and the differences between soils from different places. The Museum is very popular among 4th Grade groups from all over Western North Carolina. Students enjoy the interactive activities among the exhibits, they wonder at the fossils on display and chat with the Geology students.

A typical 1 hour visit includes a scavenger hunt and interactive activities around the museum, as well as a walk through the Fred Webb Jr. Rock Garden, both lead by Geology students. During rainy visits, the rock garden will be substituted by other indoor exhibits such as the Rock Wall.

A 2 hour visit may also include a special session with a Geologist in one of the labs (based on availability).

The Gr. 3-5 program centers around the following topics: 

 Lesson plans and activities for before and after your visit can be found by clicking on each topic above. There are also companion webquests for the virtual tours if your group can’t make it to the physical museum. We try to align activities and visits as closely as possible to NC Science Standards and NGSS and always welcome feedback.


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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