Our staff members communicate about environmental stewardship and wise use of our precious natural resources through a broad understanding and appreciation for Missouri’s natural, cultural and energy resources.  Having served the citizens of Missouri since 1853, we strive to provide educational opportunities for Missourians. Whether you are a parent, teacher, school administrator, home school teacher, private school employee or a citizen who is interested knowing more about our state's vast geologic resources, bedrock and surficial maps, sinkholes, earthquakes and other areas of our expertise, you are in the right place.

Our work and products are developed for professional, technical and educational use. We invite you to read more about us and encourage you to visit our Rolla headquarters and tour our Ed Clark Museum of Missouri Geology where you will find educational displays that feature rocks, minerals, fossils, and descriptions of the geologic history of Missouri. If you cannot visit us in Rolla, perhaps we will meet you at a site in our beautiful state where we spend a good deal of time outside the office assisting citizens.

"Prehistoric Missouri" event, huge success!

More than 2,600 people visited the Missouri State Museum the evening of Friday, Nov. 6, 2015. We were thrilled to see so many people interested in rocks, minerals and fossils! Check out some of the photos!

Left: Geologist Neil Elfrink with visitors. Right back row: Minami Matsushita (exchange student from Japan), Marcia New and Dale McWilliams. Hadden and Skylar Lewis and Judy McWilliams, Rolla learned about fossils in the Capitol.

Left: Waynesville Home School students photographed with a real shark tooth embedded in the limestone floor of the Capitol. Right: Neil Elfrink with future geologists.

Left: Adelyn Gibbs investigates the shark tooth and shows off her 3D-A-Saurus shirt. Right: Corbyn Bess, Jefferson City, uses a lighted magnifier to see the many fossils embedded in the limestone.

Earth Science Week 2015

Thank you for participating in Earth Science Week 2015. Earth Science Week aims to help the public gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Earth Sciences and to encourage stewardship of the Earth. This year's activities were held Oct. 11-17 and celebrated the theme "Visualizing Earth's Systems." This year’s theme engaged young people and others in discovering the Earth sciences, reminded people that Earth science is all around us, encouraged Earth stewardship through understanding, and motivated geoscientists to share their knowledge and enthusiasm about the Earth.

Read our Governor's Proclamation.

On National Fossil Day, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, we were delighted to provide a group of Cuba Elementary 4th grade students a tour of some of the fossils in the Capitol.

Cuba Fourth Grade Students
Cuba Fourth Grade Students
Cuba Fourth Grade Students
Cuba Fourth Grade Students
Cuba Fourth Grade Students

Do you have a question about Missouri geology, or do you have a rock you would like to have identified? If so, send a photo of the rock and information about where you found the rock and one of our geologists will reply. Contact us at askageologist@dnr.mo.gov.




Educational Outreach Event during the Rolla Public Library Summer Reading Program – Photo Gallery

Vicki Voigt answering qeustions during the Rolla Public Library Summer Reading Program
Cathy Smith, Director of the Rolla Public Library invited geologists to kick-off events for the Rolla Public Library's Summer Reading Program.  "Minerals in Everyday Life" was the topic Monday, June 3 when our staff geologist Vicki Voigt gave a  presentation about uses of minerals in society.  Children were able to ask questions and inspect the impressive rocks, minerals and fossils Vicki brought with her to the library.  Tailored for children K-6th grade students this program was very well-attended.  The library's "Rock Road Show," held the evening of Thursday, June 6 was equally well-attended. Open to all ages, the event featured a "Make and Take Your Own Rock and Mineral Set" activity. Throughout the evening, staff geologist Neil Elfrink answered questions about geology and identified rocks and minerals that went into the kits, along with rocks and minerals children brought to the library for him to identify.

Neil Elfrink aswering questions during the Rolla Public Library Summer Reading Program
The library's "Rock Road Show," held the evening of Thursday, June 6 was equally well-attended. Open to all ages, the event featured a "Make and Take Your Own Rock and Mineral Set" activity. Throughout the evening, staff geologist Neil Elfrink answered questions about geology and identified rocks and minerals that went into the kits, along with rocks and minerals children brought to the library for him to identify. 

See photos from the geology-related activities

The rocks and minerals the children used in their rock kits were provided by the Geological Survey.  The Survey also provided eight sets of Missouri Resources Educational Trading Cards and three Missouri Rock and Mineral Sets as prizes.

Check out some of our educational videos

Check out some of our eductional videos!

Careers in the Field of Geology
Ever consider becoming a geologist?

Earthquake Exhibit at the New Madrid Historical Museum
Check out this new video tour of the earthquake exhibit at the New Madrid Historical Museum.

Earthquake Awareness
Central U.S. ShakeOut!  This video was produced in advance of the 2012 Great Central U.S. ShakeOut earthquake drill and contains valuable information about earthquake potential in Missouri and steps you can take to protect your family and yourself.

Minerals Education in Missouri
The Missouri Geological Survey has a long history partnering with the Missouri Minerals Education Foundation to provide educational experiences for teachers during the foundation's workshop.

Protecting our Drinking Water
Safe drinking water is important to everyone.

Show-Me Earthquake Safety
Don't miss these videos -- Missouri students were encouraged to share their knowledge by creating videos that educate others about preparing for an earthquake.

The Great New Madrid Earthquakes of 1811-12
A Survivor's Story – Eliza Bryan

December 9 and 10, 2011 at the Dixie Theater in New Madrid, Missouri, Eliza told her story of surviving this terrible ordeal and life at that time in southeast Missouri. Eliza related her experiences to Dr. Seismo, played by David Stewart, Ph.D., through the help of Marian McDonald, who was reared in southeast Missouri more than 150 years after the great earthquakes. Eliza is one of the most important eyewitnesses to the events. Recorded and produced by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources' Missouri Geological Survey. 

A sampling of some of our outreach activities

We turned 160 years old in 2013!

Missouri Geological Survey
One hundred sixty years is not a very long time when speaking in geologic terms. However, the department’s Geological Survey Program marked this noteworthy milestone of service to Missourian’s in 2013.  Since 1853, staff members have provided reliable scientific information to describe and understand Missouri's wealth of natural resources.

Don’t miss the article written by Joe Gillman, State Geologist and Missouri Geological Survey Director that appeared in the recent Missouri Resources magazine article about the important work of survey staff.

Plan to visit our Edward L. Clark Museum of Missouri Geology this year to learn about the geology of Missouri and about contributions staff members have made to both the environmental and economic vitality of Missouri. 

Earth Science Week 2012

Earth Science Week 2012 -- Discovering Careers in the Earth Sciences
Gov. Jay Nixon proclaimed Earth Science Week Oct. 14-20 to bring awareness to the fact that earth sciences are fundamental to the health, safety and welfare of all Missourians. “Discovering Careers in the Earth Sciences” was selected by the American Geosciences Institute as the theme of Earth Science Week 2012 to boost awareness about the geosciences and the many exciting career and job opportunities in the field. Wednesday, Oct. 17, the third annual National Fossil Day, the department hosted special exhibits at the Edward L. Clark Museum of Missouri Geology. Visitors received a small Crinoid stem fossil (the official state fossil) to add to their personal collections. A highlight of this year’s activities included the first-ever Geologic Map Day. Geologic Map Day was held Friday, Oct. 19 to promote awareness of the study, uses and importance of geologic mapping for education, science, business, and a variety of public policy concerns.

Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, geologist Neil Elfrink gave a presentation about mines of Phelps County.  Held at the Holloway House in Rolla, this public event was sponsored by the Phelps County Genealogical Society.  Saturday, Oct. 20, geologist Vicki Voigt hosted an informational booth at the 45th Annual Gem and Jewelry Show, held at the Expo Center in Springfield, Mo., a very popular show that is sponsored by the Ozark Mountain Gem and Mineral Society.  See our Governor's Proclamation.   Learn about careers in geology – watch this short, informative video

2012 Rolla School Daze -- Photos

Rolla School Daze
As the school year came to a close, Missouri students participated in educational outings and Rolla Middle School was no exception.  In April, more than 350 fifth grade students attended the annual "Rolla School Daze" event held at the Rolla Campus to learn about careers in the earth sciences.  Staff members brought earth science to life by sharing their expertise with the students through the use of short videos, hands-on activities and mini-courses geared to supplement classroom curriculum.  Educational stops focused on various aspects including:  a museum tour and lectures, an environmental geology presentation and demonstration, wellhead protection education and presentations about mineral resources and their uses, land surveying, dam safety, and illegal dumping.  For more than a decade, we have coordinated this educational event with Rolla Middle School science teacher Jeanie Strain, to help educate Rolla 5th grade students about careers, environmental stewardship and wise use of our natural resources.  School Daze is the largest educational outreach event hosted at the Rolla campus. See more photos from that day.  Additionally, Rolla Daily News reporter Shannon Beck was onsite and took photos that were published on the front page of the Rolla Daily News.