Rock your classroom with earth science!

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Each workshop is designed to help you better understand and communicate the geological content presented. You will leave with useful resources to help your students excel in earth science, including interesting classroom materials, outstanding specimen kits, and maybe even one of our many door prizes. Programs are facilitated by a professional geophysicist with extensive teaching experience. Participants will receive a Heard certificate of completion of 6-6.5 hours of continuing education in Earth Science.

These programs are geared towards educators; however, all adults (ages 18+) that are interested in Earth Sciences are welcome to participate! Suitable for:  teachers, docents, Master Naturalists, interested adults, and accompanied curious youth ages 13-18 (who must be in the classroom with adult during class).

Pre-registration required. 

For more information about these programs, please call Diane Brownlee at 972-931-1502 or email at

Workshop 1:  August 1, 2018   

  • 9:00 – 4:00 PM 
  • $35
  • Morning session:  Plate Tectonics, A-Z
  • Afternoon session: The “Dynamic Duo” Weathering and Erosion

Workshop 2: August 2, 2018   

  • 9:00 – 4:00 PM
  • $50  
  • Morning Session:  Rock and Mineral Identification and the Rock Cycle (With Guided Hands-on Practice)   
    • 1 Rock and 1 Mineral kit is INCLUDED with EACH registration (a $50 value in themselves)           
    • Guided practice will include learning to use an on-line tool, 
  • Afternoon Session:  “Rock and Mineral Evolution” Updated Geology Timeline

Workshop 3:  August 3, 2018  ​​​​​​​ 

  • 9:00 – 4:00 PM  
  • $35
  • Morning Session:  Texas Through Time:  A Tale of Many Changes
    • Includes a fossil scavenger hunt, and, weather permitting, a guided geo-tour of the Heard
  • Afternoon Session: North America Joins Pangea
    • Field work done nearby exhibiting plate tectonics

Attendance Tips

Each workshop will include indoor and outdoor sessions. Please plan to spend time walking outside on uneven terrain. Wear long pants with closed-toe shoes (no sandals or shoes with holes on the sides, please).


  • Lunch
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Insect repellant that protects against chiggers and ticks
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Notebook
  • Extra pair of shoes
These classes are heavily subsidized by the Texas Energy Council, the Dallas Geophysical Society, and the Jim and Gail Spann Foundation.