During the 2013-2014 academic year, the Museum hosted more than 5400 vistors, including many pK-12 school groups, 4-H groups, families, and Virginia Tech faculty and students.

So far during the 2013-2014 academic year, the Museum's Education Resource Center (ERC) and Programs served over 520 K-12 students and 85 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.
For more info see other parts of this website, call 540-231-6521, or email vt-mogs@vt.edu.

Fall 2013 Museum of Geosciences Public Programs

Sept. 28, Saturday, 10-5pm - GeoFair and Mineral Sale
The Geology Club and Museum of Geosciences annual Family Day event! Family-friendly activities presented by Geoscience students, as well as affordable teaching samples and collector-quality items for sale. VT alum Don Dalton and Williams Minerals are hosting a mineral sale to benefit the Museum. There will be specimens appropriate for gifts, teachers, kids, and serious collectors. The Museum of Geosciences student volunteers will present family friendly activities about Earth Science topics highlighting VT research. These hands-on, kid-friendly Geoscience activities will be at stations throughout the Museum, including gem ID, a fossil "dig" the OmniGlobe and EmRiver Stream simulator.

October 12-19, 2013 Earth Science Week
Sunday Oct. 13 - EarthCache Day.
Monday Oct. 14 - Earth Science Literacy Day: VT graduate students joined the Prices Fork Elementary School Jr. Naturalists Club to explore some explosive earth processes
Tuesday Oct. 15- No Child Left Inside Day.
Wednesday Oct.16- National Fossil Day: come visit the Hokiesaurus. 
VT Cartography Class studying map projections using the OmniGlobe. 
Thursday Oct. 17 - Women in Geosciences Day.
VA Earthquake Safety Drill 10:17am.
Hokiesaurus Presents: The Great SHAKE OUT! Youth Program 4:00-5:00 in the Museum. Join the SEG VT chapter for activities about Earthquakes, how they are measured, and learn the SHAKEOUT SAFETY DANCE: Drop, Cover, and Hold On!
free. preregister with sabey at vt.edu
Friday Oct. 18 - Geologic Map Day: see the second floor hallway display showing the History of Geologic Mapping of Virginia, as well as recent geologic mapping for the Interstate 81 corridor. Thanks to the Virginia Division of Geology and Mineral Resourcesfor these posters.

Nov. 6, 2013, Wednesday, 7-8:30pm.VT MoGs Public Program
A “New” Perspective on Southwest Virginia Geology: Stories from Rivers
Dr. Philip Prince, VT Geosciences

Please join the Museum of Geosciences for this public lecture in 4069 Derring Hall, followed by a hands-on, meet-the-scientists session in the Museum, 2062 Derring.

Dr. Prince has studied the landscape of the southern Appalachians for many years. His research on geomorphology has been published in the journal Geology, reopening observational studies using field work combined with new technologies such as GoogleEarth, GIS, and cosmogenic dating methods. He brings an extra dimension to his field work as an expert paddler who enjoys exploring the details of this evolving landscape system. Dr. Prince is also an award-winning teacher: using maps and diagrams, he can explain our complex local geologic setting in an understandable way. 

This event will be of value to K-12 teachers and other educators as well as our many community members interested in local geology.

Winter-Spring 2014 Museum of Geosciences Public Programs

Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 7-8:30pm, VT MoGs Public Program
What is a Dinosaur? Unravelling the origins of "terrible lizards"
Dr. Sterling Nesbitt, VT Geosciences

Join us for International Darwin Day and welcome Dr. Sterling Nesbitt, a new faculty member here at Virginia Tech. He is a vertebrate paleontologist studying Dinosaurs and other ancient reptiles during Earth's great transitions. Dinosaurs evolved many different forms and were widely distributed on land for over 180 million years, then most of the group became extinct 65 million years ago.

This event will be of value to K-12 teachers and other educators, as well as our many community members interested in fossils and geology. It is intended for "grownups" though interested families are certainly welcome. Watch for Hokiesaurus Presents programs for kids presented by our students later in the semester. 

Please join the Museum of Geosciences for this public lecture in 4069 Derring Hall, followed by a hands-on, meet-the-scientists session in the Museum 2062 Derring.

Thu-Fri, March 6-7, 2014 19th Annual Geosciences Student Research SymposiumGSRS.

Thu, March 27, 4:00-5:00 pm, Youth Program
Hokiesaurus Presents: Volcanoes and Minerals!

Hokiesaurus Presents is a youth program series developed and presented by Geosciences students. Sigma Gamma Epsilon offers an afterschool program for elementary kids on volcanoes and minerals. 
Limited space, preregister with leigh7@vt.edu. Parking passes available.

Wed-Thu, March 26 and 27, 7:00-9:30 pm, Educator Workshop
Project Underground: Caves and Karst Science
TheProject Underground program co-sponsored with the New River Valley Master Naturalists is host in the Museum of Geosciences. This program is for Geosciences Education majors and others who may need ideas for leading Education and Public Outreach events around caves and karst.

There are two sessions: Karst Geology and Hydrology, and Cave Life. A fee of $10.00 covers the cost of the Project Underground Natural Resource Education Guide. Attendance at both sessions is required to receive a certificate of completion and the guidebook.

Instructors include Carol Zokaites(Virginia DCR and National Coordinator of Project Underground), Karen Power(Associate Professor of Biology, Radford University), Llyn Sharp(VT Museum of Geosciences) and Bill Sydor(NRV-VMN Trainning Committee).
Limited space, preregister with bill.sydor@vt.edu.

Thu-Fri, April 10-11, 2014 at VT, Southeastern Section, GSA
Regional Meeting of the Geological Society of America hosted at Virginia Tech.
Attended by 770 people, with over 400 presentations and 32 exhibitors. The Museum convened a session on "Hidden Gems: Geoscience Collections in the Southeast", and had a booth in the exhibit hall where the 2011-14 VT IMLS Museums for America grant project for collections access was highlighted. The Museum hosted social events for the Hydrology Group (60 attendees) and the Paleontological Society of America-SE (25 attendees), as well as a closing conference Open House (70 attendees).

Thu, April 17, 2014. Virginia Geological Symposium 
An annual event sponsored by the Division of Geology and Mineral Resources in Charlottesville to highlight new research about Virginia's geology, mineral resources, and geologic hazards.

Mon-Fri, April 21-25, 2014. Earth Week
Earth Day is April 22!

VAS and VJAS Tues-Fri, May 13-16, 2014. 
Annual Meeting at Viriginia Commonwealth University. The Virginia Junior Academy of Science encourages students to explore science.

Sat, May 31, 2014, 10:00am - 2:00pm. AKA STEM Workshop
Hands on activities and career exploration for 6-8th grades. Dr. Schreiber's group led hands-on water quality activities.

June 18, 2014. 4-H Congress. Teen leaders from across Virginia are on campus for a week of learning and sharing. Groups visit the Museum to see the OmniGlobe and participate in an activity to explore Earth Science Careers. (30 kids, 5 adults)

June 25-July 24, 2014. VISTA Teacher Institute. Dr. John Chermak worked with middle school teachers to develop STEM activities about Energy and Energy Resources. The Museum hosted teachers and students during their summer experiences on campus.