Earth Science Week
The Utah Geological Survey hosts free, hands-on activities for school groups (usually 4th graders) to celebrate Earth Science Week during October. Activities are held at the Utah Core Research Center: 240 North Redwood Road, Salt Lake City, UT 84114.
Activities at the Utah Geological Survey
Groups are scheduled for 2-hour sessions. Each group is split into subgroups and rotated through five hands-on activity stations:
- the stream trailer where the students create and destroy a river landscape while learning about deposition and erosion;
- the rock talk where the students study minerals and sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks while learning about the rock cycle;
- the paleontology prep lab where the students examine dinosaur and ice age fossils while learning about geologic history;
- the earthquake demonstrations where the students discover where and how earthquakes happen and create their own earthquake while learning about earthquake safety; and
- the “gold” panning troughs where the students pan for pyrite, magnetite, and other minerals while learning that geology is fun!
To make reservations, please contact Jackson Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 801-537-3300.