Summer Teacher Enrichment Programs
Rock your classroom with a mountainous understanding of earth science topics!
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 and maybe even one of our many door prizes. Programs are faciliatated by a professional geophysicist with extensive teaching experience.
Time: 9am - 4pm
Tuition: Only $20/workshop
- Attend all three and save $10.
- Attend any two and save $5.
The Rock Cycle
Rivers & Streams/Fluvial Systems
Tuesday, August 6 CLOSED
Learn the history of the theory, and see how the theory is slowly being transformed into a powerful tool for understanding geographic specifics. We will discuss faulting, mountain building, volcanoes, and then move on to mineral deposits, ancient and recent. You will examine rock samples and decode their possible role in past plate movements, and participate in a hands-on activity to understand how geoscientists look back in time to understand previous plate geometries. Movies, samples, pictures and diagrams will provide a clear understanding of this topic.
The Rock Cycle
Wednesday, August 7 CLOSED
See rocks and minerals in a new way! Hands-on experiences with minerals will include using the Mohs hardness scale, determining luster, streak and other properties. Then move on to examining rocks (composed of minerals) to learn to “read” the rocks at your feet. Soils will be discussed and examined in the field onsite. We will explore the surprising connections between rocks, minerals, and plate tectonics.
Rivers and Streams / Fluvial Systems
Thursday, August 8 CLOSED
How old are Texas rivers? How do erosion and deposition balance each other in a river system? What part does weathering play? Which important Texas economic resources are intimately attached to the rivers? Walk Wilson Creek and learn to read our Texas landscape for clues to the geologic past, present and future. Pictures, samples and field work will bring this topic alive for you!
- Bring your own lunch
- 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)
- Insect repellant that protects against chiggers and ticks
- Water bottle
- You may also find it helpful to bring a camera and a notebook.
- Please note that a short portion of Highway 5/Greenville Drive is temporarily closed. Refer to our Directions page for more information if you will travel north to visit the Heard.
For questions or more information contact Angela Baron at email@example.com