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For Teachers and Parents

The following resources for Teachers, Parents, and other Educators from the Pinal Geology and Mineral Museum are free to educators

Field Trips

Kids field trip to the museum
Kids field trip to the museum

Introduction to Earth History and Minerals

This is our basic field trip and includes an information hunt in our fossil/geology room, an introduction to minerals & mineral identification activity

Optional: our small gift shop can be open or closed for your students, we always have items priced as low as $1

Need something else? Let us know and we’ll cover topics you want to emphasize such as Volcanos, Paleontology, Dinosaurs,  Mineral formation, Mineral geometry, or Plate Tectonics. We’re happy to work to meet your needs. [we are unable to assist with transportation, we have no food or vending machines]

Classroom Visits

Currently offered on a very limited basis. Topics are the same as for field trips.  We’re happy to work with you to fit your specific needs. Virtual visits are also possible.

Teacher Boxes

We can provide you with a box including specimens and materials to help in your teaching geology. These include specimens, some equipment, and a field guide. The boxes are in limited supply, we request 1 per teacher, and each teacher needs to make arrangements to pick them up. Please contact us for more information and/or make arrangements for them. They will be yours to keep and are free of charge.

Self-Guided Field Trip Worksheets

Send your students to us for a special project or extra credit.  We’ll work with you to provide a questionnaire using our displays that students can bring in and do on their own. Entrance to the museum is always free, so this should not be a burden to their family.

EXAMPLE field trip worksheet (feel free to print a copy and bring it with you to try it out)

Online Resources

We have a regularly growing amount of information available online, including word searches, puzzles, coloring sheets, videos, and other information freely available for you to use. If you have a specific need, please let us know – maybe it’s already in the works. A place to start is the Kid Zone with activities, coloring sheets, and more.

Lesson Plans and Materials

Our lesson plan packets include reading materials, suggested questions, and vocabulary lists. We’re working on more. If you don’t see it, ask! NOTE: Grade level is where we think it fits the Arizona science standards. Your results may vary.

Don’t see what you need? Ask us. We’re always looking for new ways to present the science of geology, the history of life on Earth, and the fun of rocks and minerals. Tell us what your needs are, and we may very well be able to help.

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