K-2 Groups

It’s never too early to get kids excited about the wonders of the Earth and the McKinney Teaching Museum is a great place to bring elementary age students. In the museum they are able to explore minerals, fossils and how rocks form.

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 would also include a special session with a Geologist in one of the labs (based on availability).

The K-2 program centers around the topics:

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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