Missouri Geological Survey

Rock and mineral sets to help make learning fun

Rock and mineral sets are flying off the sales counter at the Missouri Geology Store, located in Rolla. These popular sets have been made available by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources since November 2009.

Each set contains 20 of Missouri’s more common rocks and minerals and is accompanied by a 16-page full-color booklet that describes each rock and mineral and their uses. The booklet is also available for downloading.

Hutcheson Ford Rock and Mineral Set Donation
Jerry Prewett, Geological Survey Program director, Missouri Geological Survey, MoDNR alongside Mike Tucker, Vice President, Hutcheson Ford, as he presents one of eight Missouri Rock and Mineral sets donated by the dealership to Stephanie Billingsley, Steelville Middle School sixth grade science teacher. Prewett’s agency makes the sets available for purchase online and at the sales counter in Rolla


Rock and Mineral Sets The sets are often purchased and given as gifts. Most recently, the Steelville School District was the recipient of eight Missouri Rock and Mineral Sets. This rock-solid donation was made possible by Butch Tucker, owner of Hutcheson Ford Sales in St. James.

Tucker worked with the school system to determine which classes would benefit by having these special sets of rocks and minerals.

"I believe when young people become more interested in pursuing the sciences, we all benefit. My hope is that in some small way, that these rock samples spark an interest in young people to pursue careers in the geology and other science fields." said Tucker, whose dealership has been in his family since 1954.

Stephanie Billingsley, sixth grade science teacher at Steelville Middle School recently accepted the rock sets containing many of Missouri’s most common rocks and minerals from Mike Tucker, Vice President of Hutcheson Ford.

Billingsley said, "We truly appreciate Hutcheson Ford for their generous donation of Missouri rock and mineral sets to our students. They provide our students the opportunity for an up-close and personal experience in analyzing these rocks and minerals. We appreciate Hutcheson Ford and the State Geological Survey for helping make learning more fun and meaningful." This is the second time Tucker has partnered with the division to make rock sets available to schools. Last year, Tucker donated eight sets to the St. James School System.

The department's Missouri Geology Store provides shoppers around-the-clock access to many of the Missouri Geological Survey's most popular products, including publications about Missouri geology and water resources.

The store also offers educational guides to Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites and gift certificates. Whether you are looking for a gift for a rock enthusiast friend, an environmentally-friendly family member, or yourself, you will find something at the Missouri Geology Store.

Additionally, the our Ed Clark Museum of Missouri Geology, also located in Rolla at 111 Fairgrounds Road, hosts fossils, rocks, minerals and other items on display. The museum is open to the public for self-guided tours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Admission is free. Additional information may be found online dnr.mo.gov/geology.


Popular DNR Rock and Mineral Sets donated by Hutcheson Ford to St. James Middle School

Hutcheson Ford Donates DNR Rock and Mineral Sets to St. James Middle School The St. James School District recently received a rock-solid donation in which Butch Tucker, owner of Hutcheson Ford Sales in St. James, donated eight Missouri Rock and Mineral Sets. 

After learning the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Missouri Geological Survey in Rolla offers rock and mineral sets containing many of the Missouri’s most common rocks and minerals, Tucker decided to purchase eight sets and work with the school system to determine which classes would benefit by having these special sets of rocks and minerals.

“I believe when young people become more interested in pursuing the sciences, we all benefit.  In some small way, it is my hope that by donating these rock samples to the school system, young people will take more of an interest in geology and other science fields.” said Tucker, whose dealership has been in his family since 1954.  Pictured above are Jerry Prewett (Geological Survey Program Director, MoDNR), Butch Tucker (Hutcheson Ford) and Kaaren Lepper (St. James Middle School Principal).

Kaaren Lepper, St. James Middle School Principal said, “I want to thank Hutcheson Ford for their generous donation of Missouri rock and mineral sets to our students at St. James Middle School. This provides our students the opportunity for a hands-on experience in analyzing these rock and minerals. We appreciate Hutcheson Ford and the Missouri Geological Survey for making learning more fun and meaningful.” The sets will be used in sixth grade science teacher, Nancy Davis’ class.

DNR Rock and Mineral SetEach set is accompanied by a 16-page full-color booklet that describes each rock and mineral and their uses. The booklet is also available for downloading.

The donation was made during Earth Science Week which was October 10-16.  The Department partners each year during Earth Science Week with other earth science organizations to bring awareness to the fact earth sciences are fundamental to the health, safety and welfare of all Missourians.

St. James Middle School Students

Pictured in the photo on the left are Kimberly Rulo, Cassidy Cantrell, Michelle Kean, Nancy Davis (St. James Middle School science teacher), Isaac Altas, Jeremy Benson, Kaaren Lepper (St. James Middle School Principal), Matthew Christeson, Dolan DeLuca, Butch Tucker (Hutcheson Ford), Maddi Thompson, Jerry Prewett (Geological Survey Program Director, MoDNR), Dyallan Davult, Connor Dillon and Frank Johnson.

The Missouri Geology Store [missourigeologystore.com] provides shoppers around-the-clock access to many of the Missouri Geological Survey's most popular products, including publications about Missouri geology and water resources. Two of the most popular publications produced by the division, Springs of Missouri and Geologic Wonders and Curiosities, are now available at a reduced price. The store also offers educational guides to Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites and gift certificates. Whether you are looking for a gift for a rock enthusiast friend, an environmentally-friendly family member, or yourself, you will find something at the Missouri Geology Store.

Additionally, the Department’s Ed Clark Museum of Missouri Geology, also located in Rolla (111 Fairgrounds Road), where fossils, rocks, minerals and other items are on display is open to the public for self-guided tours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Admission is free.