Missouri Geological Survey Educational Outreach
Our staff member 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.
Earth Science Week 2016 is October 9-15
Join us in celebrating Earth Science Week and gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Earth Sciences. Events are scheduled for Oct. 9-15 will celebrate the theme, "Our Shared Geoheritage.”
Geoheritage is the collection of natural wonders, landforms and resources that are available to this generation to manage, use and conserve effectively. Geoheritage locations are valued for many reasons, including scientific, economic, ecological, educational, cultural, aesthetic, artistic and recreational purposes.
Events are listed below. Go ahead – be a citizen scientist!
- Sunday, Oct. 9
- International Earthcache Day. Explore the world with this GPS scavenger hunt!
- Monday, Oct. 10
- Earth Science Literacy Day. Learn the fundamentals of geosciences with Earth Science: Big Idea, a video series developed to explain why Earth science literacy is important.
- Tuesday, Oct. 11
- No Child Left Inside Day. NCLI Day encourages students to go outside and research Earth science in the field like a professional geoscientist.
- Earth Observation Day. Engage students and teachers in remote sensing as an exciting and powerful educational tool.
- Wednesday, Oct. 12
- National Fossil Day. The fifth annual National Fossil Day is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of fossils. National Fossil Day is a great time to visit the Missouri State Museum, located on the first floor of the Capitol where you will see fossils embedded in the building’s limestone walls, floors and stairs. Also, on National Fossil Day, visitors to the Ed Clark Museum of Missouri Geology, 111 Fairgrounds Road, Rolla, will receive a small Crinoid fossil (official state fossil). See this article about some of the fossils in limestone of the Capitol and this map showing their locations.
- Thursday, Oct. 13
- The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut. Millions of people will practice how to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” earthquake drill Thursday, Oct. 13 at 10:13 a.m. during this important earthquake drill. Resister your school, business, family and participate. Learn about earthquake potential in Missouri. Watch award-winning videos made by Missouri school children about what to do before, during and after an earthquake.
- Geoscience for Everyone Day. Do your part to help young people from underrepresented communities explore exciting careers in the geosciences.
- Friday, Oct. 14
- Geologic Map Day. Learn about the study, uses, importance of geologic mapping for education, science, business, and a variety of public policy concerns. Special mapping exhibits will be on display at the Ed Clark Museum of Missouri Geology, 111 Fairgrounds Road, Rolla, this day. Missouri Geological Survey site, activities and information.
- Saturday, Oct. 15
- Ozark Mountain Gem and Mineral Show. Visit with our staff geologist at our educational booth at the Rock, Gem and Mineral Show, held at the Expo Center, 635 E. St. Louis Street, Springfield, Mo., sponsored by the Ozark Mountain Gem and Mineral Society.
- International Archaeology Day. Hosted by the Archaeological Institute of America, this special event is a celebration of archaeology and the thrill of discovery.
Enjoy a self-guided tour of Ed Clark Museum of Missouri Geology, located at 111 Fairgrounds Road, Rolla. Open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the facility will be closed Oct. 9 in observance of Columbus Day. Learn more at American Geosciences Institute's website.
"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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Educational Outreach Event during the Rolla Public Library Summer Reading Program – Photo Gallery
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
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.
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!
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
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!