High School Groups


High School group programs can be catered to the content needs of the teacher and the size of the group. We welcome high school groups on campus as well as requests for geologists to visit school classrooms. Please contact Dr. Andy Heckert (heckertab@appstate.edu) for more information.

We also offer a one-day internship opportunity for AP Environmental Science students. Click on the yellow button for more information about this:

A typical 1 hour visit to the McKinney Geology Teaching Museum 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 faculty and students. During rainy visits, the Rock Garden will be substituted by other indoor exhibits such as the Rock Wall.

A 2 hour visit would also include a special session with a Geologist in one of the labs and will consist of a presentation, demo or lab activity (based on availability)

Examples of Gr. 9-12 Topics:

  • Processes that Shape the Earth
  • The History of the Appalachian Mountains
  • Predicting Natural Hazards and Preparing for them
  • Effects of Slow Changes on the Earth
  • The Hydrosphere
  • Evidence for the History of the Earth
  • The Fossil Record

Lesson plans and activities for before and after your visit can be found by clicking on each topic. 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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