Grades 3-5

Grade 3-5 Visits:

Students by this age have already covered some Earth Science in elementary school, but it might be as far back as 1st Grade. They may have covered physical characteristics of rocks and the differences between soils from different places. The Museum is very popular among 4th Grade groups from all over Western North Carolina. Students enjoy the interactive activities among the exhibits, they wonder at the fossils on display and chat with the Geology students.

 A typical 1 hour visit includes a scavenger hunt and interactive activities around the museum, as well as a walk through the Fred Webb Jr. Rock Garden, both lead by Geology students. During rainy visits, the rock garden will be substituted by other indoor exhibits such as the Rock Wall.

 A 2 hour visit may also include a special session with a Geologist in one of the labs (based on availability). 

Please note that because the facilities are housed inside an academic building where classes are held throughout the day, our indoor space is limited. Contact our Outreach Coordinator at to book tours and discuss options based on the size of your group. 


Gr. 3-5 Topics:

Visits of 3rd, 4th and 5th grade groups to the geological science facilities at AppState will be centered around these standard-aligned topics and teacher requests. We also provide online resources for teachers to download.