Please note that these programs have been canceled.

Rock your world 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, outstanding specimen kits, and maybe even one of our many door prizes. Programs are faciliatated by a professional geophysicist with extensive teaching experience. 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 that are interested in Earth Sciences are welcome to participate! Registration required.

These classes are heavily subsidized by the Texas Energy Council, the Dallas Geophysical Society, and the Jim and Gail Spann Foundation.

For more information about these programs, please email info@heardmuseum.org


Erosion & Weathering + Heard Field Trip + Rivers & Landforms

August 6, 2015 | 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. | CANCELED

Includes DVD of all presentations, plus rock, fossil, and mineral raffles and prizes

Never mix up erosion and weathering again! This class will help you to recognize the differences between weathering and erosion through examples of both(including many from Texas).

We will go outside and look at the fluvial system at the Heard Sanctuary, investigating the flood plain, limestone highlands, abandoned oxbows, and theBlackland Prairie soils. Erosion and weathering are on display, as are relief joints with calcite crystals. We will investigate life through time: extinct animals aswell as humans who lived here 25,000-12,000 years ago, along with the remains of sea creatures who swam here in the warm Cretaceous sea.

Did you know that our current landscape is the product of Ice Age floods as the last glaciers melted? We will discuss and explore the science behind the riverprocesses that have built over 1/3 of our state, deposited oil and gas, left huge deposits of clay, bentonite, sand and gravel, and silica sand, and investigatemany other little known facts. Finally, we will take a look at mining, particularly in Texas, and discuss Texas’s role in industrial mineral production.

Rock & Mineral ID + Plate Tectonics

August 5, 2015 | 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. | CANCELED

Includes a rock kit, a mineral kit, a mineral test kit, and DVD of all presentations, plus rock and mineral raffles and prizes

Experience hands-on, in-depth rock and mineral identification. Using the exceptional take-home mineral kit provided, you will learn how to investigate theproperties of any mineral including luster, hardness, cleavage, fracture, crystal form and other diagnostics. Your supervised practice will equip you to usethese skills confidently.

You will then explore the origins and classifications of the Earth’s rocks. Using your rock kit (yours to keep), the science of petrology will clarify, explain anddemonstrate techniques used to identify each of the three rock types. For igneous rocks, you will investigate origin, temperature and setting byunderstanding texture, mineralogy and structure. Sedimentary rocks will tell you if they are clastic, chemical or biologic, and how to spot characteristicweathering patterns. Defining and understanding the composition and structure of metamorphic rocks will tell you the temperature, pressure and illustrateradical changes in rock chemistry which often occur on a regional scale. Some different ways to illustrate the rock cycle will be offered.

We will look at plate tectonics in several different ways, beginning by examining early clues from various disciplines. For example, many original conceptsturned out not to match the actual minerals and rocks found by the field geologists (using the same ID techniques you will learn in this class). Then we willexamine where the theory is today, and where it (and all of us who ride on these plates) is going in the future.

Rock & Mineral ID + Mineral Uses: Past, Present & Future

August 7, 2015 | 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. | CANCELED

Includes a rock kit, a mineral kit, a mineral test kit, and DVD of all presentations, plus rock and mineral raffles and prizes

This class will provide you with hands-on, in-depth experience in identifying rocks and minerals. Using the exceptional take-home mineral kitprovided, you will learn how to investigate the properties of any mineral including luster, hardness, cleavage, fracture, crystal form and otherdiagnostics. Your supervised practice will equip you to use these skills confidently.

You will then explore the origins and classifications of the Earth’s rocks. Using your rock kit (yours to keep), the science of petrology will clarify,explain and demonstrate techniques used to identify each of the three rock types. For igneous rocks, you will investigate origin, temperature andsetting by understanding texture, mineralogy and structure. Sedimentary rocks will tell you if they are clastic, chemical or biologic, and how to spotcharacteristic weathering patterns. Defining and understanding the composition and structure of metamorphic rocks will tell you the temperature,pressure and illustrate radical changes in rock chemistry which often occur on a regional scale. Some different ways to illustrate the rock cycle will be offered.

We will finish up by investigating how minerals (including metals, crystals, ores, and oil) are used every day by everyone! Elements and the periodictable will make an appearance as we discuss important mineral-fueled changes affecting man now and in the past. We will take a quick look atmining, particularly in Texas, and discuss Texas’s role in industrial mineral production.

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).

Bring

  • Lunch
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Insect repellant that protects against chiggers and ticks
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Notebook
  • Extra pair of shoes