During the 2012-2013 academic year, the Museum hosted more than 9,800 vistors, including many pK-12 school groups, 4-H groups, families, and Virginia Tech faculty and students.

The Museum's Education Resource Center (ERC) and Programs served over 2,400 K-12 students and 180 teachers. The ERC has 25+ teaching kits available for loan to local educators.

Programs are free and open to the public. VT Parking passes are needed during 8-5, M-F, available at the VT Visitor Center. Lots and garage nearby. No pass needed off hours.
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Fall 2012 Museum of Geosciences Public Programs

Sept. 6, Thursday, 7:00-8:30 pm, 4069 and 2062 Derring. Did you Feel It? Virginia's 2011 Earthquake. Martin Chapman and John Hole. Lecture in 4069 followed by hands-on activities about earthquakes, how geophysicists study them, and earthquake safety in the Museum. Activities led by VT Geosciences faculty Jake Beale,Martin Chapman, John Hole, and Scott King, with students Grace Coury, Kathy Davenport, Anna Hardy, and Drew Muscente.

World Water Monitoring Day September 18, 2012

Sept. 21, Friday, 8:30-9:30 am, 2062 Derring. Careers: Science Policy Breakfast with Rebecca French, PhD Geos 2011. Hosted by VT Geosciences faculty Maddy Schreiber. Rebecca French is currently a AAAS fellow at the EPA. Attended by 23 graduate students from COS, CNRE, CALS, COE interested in careers in science policy or careers doing science to inform policy.

Oct. 4, Thursday, 4:00-5:00 pm, 2062 Derring. Hokiesaurus PresentsWatch out for that Hurricane! Youth program led by VT students featuring the Museum's OmniGlobeand hands-on activities highlighting meteorology careers, weather, storms, and storm safety. 
Also appropriate for pK-12 teachers and other educators who would like to replicate these activities.

EARTH SCIENCE WEEK October 13-20, 2012

Oct. 17, Wednesday, 4:00-5:00 pm, 2062 Derring. Hokiesaurus PresentsFossils!Celebrate National Fossil Day with the Hokiesaurus! Youth program offers hands-on activities about fossilization, classification, interpretation, and different kinds of fossils like dinosaur footprints. Led by Paleontology grad student Drew Muscente. 
Also appropriate for pK-12 teachers and other educators who would like to replicate these activities.

Oct. 19, Friday, Virginia Geologic Mapping Day. VDGMR program. <put link here>

Oct. 20, Saturday, 10:00-5:00pm, 2062 Derring. GeoFair and Mineral Sale. Annual fundraiser for the Museum. Open to the public and VT Family Day visitors: Come check out the mineral sale to find great unique gifts! Teaching specimens, collector-quality specimens, and special finds for students. ALSO: All around the Museum there will be hands-on, family-friendly activity stations staffed by Geoscience students: rock, mineral, and gem identification, fossil excavation, fluorescent rocks, the OmniGlobe display, the EmRiver stream simulator, and more. Free admission.
Also appropriate for pK-12 teachers and other educators who would like to replicate these activities.

Oct. 28, Sunday, 9:00-9:45am, 2062 Derring. Eastern Section, Seismological Society of America. Showcase of Museum Education and Public Outreach in Geophysics, and introduction to the Ancient Faults, Groundwater Flow, and Intraplate Earthquakesfield trip using Museum exhibits. Bill Henika, Martin Chapman, Llyn Sharp. (for ESSSA participants)

Nov. 12, Monday, 7:30-8:30 pm, 2062 Derring, New River Valley Master Naturalists. Introduction to Museum outreach and teaching kits available for loan to support Earth Science Education, and demonstration of the OmniGlobe exhibit. Llyn Sharp and Shannon Ritter.

VT Thanksgiving Break Nov 17-25
VT Winter Break December 19-Jan 22

Spring 2013 Museum of Geosciences Public Programs

Jan 26, 2013, Saturday, Kids Tech University ROCKS the Geosciences: 
Award winning geoscientist, Dr. Patricia Dove, will give the keynote presentation at Kids Tech University on Saturday morning, January 26, 2013. "No Bones About It: how shells and skeletons are made from crystals" will explore her research in biogeochemistry.

The Department of Geosciences will have 10 stations at the Kids Tech University hands-on sessions on Saturday afternoon, January 26, 2013. What a great chance for kids to learn more about the many facets of geosciences and the careers that geoscientists can enjoy!
Also appropriate for pK-12 teachers and other educators who would like to replicate these activities. Aligned with Virginia Science Standards of Learning about the states of matter.

Feb. 5, Cub Scouts program on "Your rock collection--and ours!" 5:30 pm Sarah Mazza.

GLOBE at Night Citizen Science light pollution monitoring program Jan. 31-Feb. 9, 2013 is the first round. There are observing periods throughout the semester during the dark of the moon.

Feb. 12, Tuesday. Darwin Day, VT Paleontologists join this international celebration of science and reason.

March 7-8, 2013 Geosciences Student Research Symposium GSRS.

March 9-17, 2013 VT Spring Break

March 22, 2013, Friday KTU Teacher Workshop. 1-5 at Virginia BioInformatics Building. Free. Limited enrollment. Register with Kids Tech University! This workshop will be presented by Dr. Patricia Dove and her research group. Topics include ocean life and its response to acidification of the water, and crystal formation by organisms (biomineralization).

April 11, 2013, Thursday. 8am - 5pm at Natural Resouces Building Training Room in Charlottesville, VA. The Virginia Division of Geology and Mineral Resources is sponsoring the Virginia Geological Symposium. The day will feature technical talks, a poster session, and breakout sessions on topics of current interest. To register to attend, visit the Eventzila website in advance. Registration is free.

April 21, 2013, Sunday, 1-4 pm. Henderson Lawn. The Museum of Geosciences will have a station at the "DinoDig" event with the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology.

April 22, Monday,Earth Day, 7-10pm Squires Colonial Room; Geosciences and the Environmental Coalition present SWITCH! a film about the future of energy. VT is one of 250 universities paticipating in this Geological Society of America project. Before the screening Dr. John Chermak and panelists will discuss important energy projects at VT.

The Geosciences Department at Virginia Tech included a panel at this special showing of Switch. Four of VT’s top researchers in the field of energy: Dr. Michael Ellis, Dr. Michael Hochella, Dr. Madeline Schreiber shared their insights, moderated by Dr. John Chermak.

April 21-27, 2013, Virginia Cave Week 2013Virginia Cave Week promotes an understanding of Virginia's caves and the surrounding limestone habitats. The week is used to encourage educators of all subjects to engage their students from kindergarten through high school using in-class activities and by visiting one of hte state's numerous commercial caves.

May 18, 2013, Saturday, VT Graduation. Museum Open House.

May 30-31, 2013, -- New River Symposium 2013 - Radford University, Radford, VA -- The Symposium will feature presentations and posters from scientists, artists, conservationists, and others that feature the ecological and social value of the New River. Dr. Phillip Prince from the VT Dept. of Geosciences will present his studies of the geomorphology of the New River Watershed, demonstrating research uses of GoogleEarth imagery. Event registration and program at RU registration website.