Explore Geology


Grab your magnifying glass and become a geologist, using these three hands-on activities to develop your skills! Make you own mineral identification kit, investigate the chemistry of crystals, or dig into learning about fossiliferous limestone.  Each activity includes a PDF with a materials list and step-by-step instructions.


rock with a hand putting a needle on the rock

Make a Mineral Kit

Use household materials to create your very own mineral ID kit! Learn about their properties and identify minerals around your home.
rock in vinegar

Fizzy Fossils

Use white distilled vinegar (an acid) to investigate the composition of fossiliferous limestone (a base).
3 rock candy strings

Make Rock Candy

Combine sugar, water and heat to create a solution that will form large crystals over time. NOTE: This activity requires adult supervision.