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Celebrate Earth Science Week With Us!
Stop by our Edward L. Clark Museum of Missouri Geology Wednesday, Oct. 17 and celebrate National Fossil Day with us. In addition to seeing our impressive display of fossils, visitors to the museum will receive a small Crinoid stem fossil (the official state fossil) to add to their personal collections.
The third annual National Fossil Day is being held during Earth Science Week. Gov. Jay Nixon declared the week of Oct. 14 through Oct. 20 as Earth Science Week 2012 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. Through careers in geology, geophysics, oceanography, hydrology, paleontology, earth science education and many other fields, they enhance our understanding of Earth processes and improve the quality of human life. Organized in 1998 by American Geosciences Institute, the Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Geology and Land Survey and other sponsors participate as a service to the public and the geoscience community. The program is supported by the U.S. Geological Survey, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Park Service and other major geoscience groups.
Learn about other activities planned for Earth Science Week.
Celebrate Earth Science Week With Us!
Neil Elfrink, one of our geologists will give a 30-minute presentation about the mining in Phelps County Tuesday, Oct. 16. Neil’s talk will begin at 7 p.m. at the Holloway House, 10th and Holloway, Rolla, Mo. There will be time for questions. This event is sponsored by the Phelps County Genealogical Society. The public is welcome to attend and admission is free.
This special presentation is being held during Earth Science Week, which is October 14-20 and special exhibits will be on display at our Edward L. Clark Museum of Missouri Geology during Earth Science Week. For example, Wednesday, Oct. 17, is National Fossil Day when visitors to the museum will receive a small Crinoid stem fossil (the official state fossil) to add to their personal collections.
A highlight of this year’s activities will include the first-ever Geologic Map Day. Geologic Map Day will be held Friday, Oct. 19 to promote awareness of the study, uses, importance of geologic mapping for education, science, business, and a variety of public policy concerns. Special exhibits and maps will be on display in the museum.
Located at 111 Fairgrounds Road, in Rolla, the museum is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is always free.
Learning about geology, protecting our drinking water, mineral resources, environmental geology, land surveying, dam safety, illegal dumping, and more!
As usual, we had a wonderful time when more than 350 Rolla 5th grade students visited our campus near the end of the school year. Students learned about careers in geology, land surveying and other areas of expertise with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. We have partnered with the Rolla Middle School for a number of years to help educate Rolla 5th grade students about careers, environmental stewardship and wise use of our natural resources. Check out photos from the day. Thanks to Jeannie Strain at Rolla Middle School for helping coordinate the effort each year and to Shannon Beck (Rolla Daily News reporter) for taking photos and publishing several in the newspaper and online.
We invite you to visit our Ed Clark Museum of Missouri Geology. We are open for self-guided tours weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. We are located at 111 Fairgrounds Road in Rolla, Missouri. Admission is free. –Joe
Geology helps tell our history
Missouri became a state in 1821 and since then, various symbols have been selected to identify our unique geology and history. For example, a small ancient animal is our official state fossil and a large vegetarian holds the title as the state dinosaur. Do you know their names and the names of the official state rock and mineral? Here are the four geology related symbols.
Visit this link to learn how you fared. –Joe
Hundreds celebrated with us April 20, 2012
If you missed participating during our Earth Day celebration at the Capitol, you can watch a video of our live broadcast. The department sponsors and hosts the event at the Capitol each year to promote good stewardship of our planet and educate the public about the role we all play.
We were there with rocks, minerals, fossils, dinosaur stamps, educational trading cards about Missouri’s vast natural resources and much more. Other activities included information booths, displays and games about the environment and our natural resources. If you find yourself near Rolla, be sure to stop by our Ed Clark Museum of Missouri Geology to see our amazing collection of minerals, rocks and fossils.
This colorful set of 80 cards highlights the Missouri River’s outstanding natural resources as it follows the path taken by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark’s Corps of Discovery Expedition two hundred years ago.
Read about Missouri state parks, conservation areas, sites of interest and scenic river towns. See riverside statues and monuments honoring Lewis and Clark’s journey, murals within the Capitol building, portraits of the explorers, along with numerous breath taking river scenes.
Additional trading card sets highlighting Missouri’s natural resources are also available.
Earth Day at the Capitol
Logon and watch a live video broadcast from the department’s Earth Day celebration from 10 a.m. to noon April 20, 2012. We will be there with rocks, minerals, fossil and educational trading cards about Missouri’s vast natural resources.
The department sponsors and hosts the event at the Capitol each year. Activities include information booths, games and displays about the environment. Many other state and federal agencies join the department and bring additional environmental displays and exhibits to the event.
The 18th annual Earth Day celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m on Friday, April 20, 2012, in Jefferson City on the south lawn of the Missouri State Capitol. Learn more about Earth Day at the Capitol.
New Low Price of $2 per set (tax and shipping extra)
These educational card sets cover natural resources topics about caves, Ice Age animals, rivers, springs, dams, rocks, minerals, wells, former state geologists and much more. Cards are suitable for children and adults of all ages. Sets are packaged in 60 and 80 card collections — all are different!
You can also play games with these educational cards and they are fun to take on road trips! Visit the Missouri Geology Store to order. –Joe
Titans of the Ice Age
Life-size models, monumental video installations, hands-on-interactive displays are waiting for visitors to the Missouri History Museum through April 15, 2012. The Missouri History Museum is located is located in St. Louis at the intersection of Lindell and DeBaliviere on the north side of Forest Park. The Museum’s street address is 5700 Lindell Boulevard. Admission to the museum is free. However, there is a charge for this special exhibit. When in Rolla, be sure to stop by our Ed Clark Museuem of Missouri Geology where you can see a real mastodon tusk that was found in Missouri. We also have fossils, rocks, minerals and much more on display. We are located at 111 Fairgrounds Road. Self-guided tours are available to the public weekdays from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is free. –Joe
Consider a giving a Missouri Rock and Mineral Set
Rock and mineral sets continue to be popular gifts at the Missouri Geology Store, located in Rolla. Each set contains 20 of our state’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 and printing.
The Missouri Geology Store provides shoppers around-the-clock access to many other educational items.
Another wonderful gift suggestion is the Natural Events Calendar published by our sister agency, the Missouri Department of Conservation.
Browse the online store and stop by our sales counter to ensure you have your purchase in hand for Christmas gift-giving. We are located in Rolla at 111 Fairgrounds Road, and we are open weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
While on-site, don’t miss our Ed Clark Museum of Missouri Geology where 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. We look forward to seeing you. Watch this video to learn more about some of the many great things that are available online and on-site. –Joe