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Museum of Geosciences 

Academic Year 2019-2020 Programs and Events

Events are free and take place in the Museum of Geosciences, 2062 Derring Hall, unless noted otherwise. No parking permit needed after 5:00 or on weekends. Handicap spaces located adjacent to the building.


Fall 2019

The fall schedule includes the 25th!! GEOFAIR and Mineral Sale, youth programs, teacher professional development, public programs, student exhibits, Earth Science Week, and Women in Geosciences events. Follow @hokiesaurus on twitter for quick reminders!


GeoFair and Mineral Sale

Saturday, September 21, 2019, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. 2062 Derring Hall.

Join us for this popular event: hands-on family-friendly activities, learning stations about geosciences, and beautiful minerals for sale priced for teachers and students (cash or check best). Open to the public and Family Day visitors. Free admission and parking. (575, 160 kids, 40 vols)


Paleo Open House
Wednesday, October 16, 2019 from 7:00-8:30pm Lecture in 4069 Derring at 7:00 followed by activities in the Museum, 2062 Derring.
Join our Paleontology faculty and their students on
National Fossil Day. This is a chance for the public to learn about exciting field work, see new discoveries, tour the preparation lab, help process fossils, and talk with the scientists.
We will meet first in the lecture hall, 4069 Derring, for a brief presentation about these discoveries, then move to the Museum and lab rooms for hands-on, citizen science opportunities. Free. All are welcome! (28, 5 kids)



Earth Science Week “Geoscience is for Everyone” 

October 13-19, 2019. National event also celebrated in Virginia.

Focus Days include EarthCache Day, Earth Observation Day, National Fossil Day, Geologic Map Day, Archaeology, Earth Science Literacy, as well as National Fossil Day (October 16) and

The Great ShakeOut (October 17)




Virginia Association of Science Teachers (VAST) Conference in Roanoke

Thursday-Saturday, November 14-16, 2019.

Students and faculty from Geosciences will be presenting 4 professional development sessions at this conference. There will be teachers from across Virginia attending.


VT Science Festival at the Moss Arts Center in downtown Blacksburg.

Saturday, November 16, 2019, from 10AM to 4PM, immediately followed by the Nutshell Games at 4:30PM. All festival events are free. 

Geoscience exhibits are part of this big event. The Museum and Geology Club will have a station: Come explore creations that took millions of years to be cultivated into the captivating spectacles they are today. Stunning minerals like pyrite, amethyst, and quartz will be on display for the public to admire, with a mineral identification activity available for all to participate in.


Dream Big! Montgomery County 7th grade visits
Tuesday, December 3, 2019, at 11:00, 12:00, and 1:00

The Graduate School sponsors this campus visit for all Montgomery County Schools 7th graders to encourage them to think about careers, college, and graduate school. They visit many locations around campus in small groups. Our graduate student volunteers will lead several groups in the museum this year.


Spring 2020: 

...under development



TBD early in 2020

Events like the Science Olympiad are a good way for interested high school students to learn more about Virginia Tech Geosciences. ( )


Kids Tech University (KTU)

February, March, April dates on Saturdays.

Kids Tech University hosts 450 kids and their families for a day of college STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) awareness. They attend a lecture designed to excite interest in STEM, get information about academics, have lunch in a dining hall, and then spend the afternoon visiting a wide range of learning stations--including Geosciences!-- staffed by VT students with fun hands-on activities. Use the title link above to register.

In ?February? we will highlight the XXX group at a station.


International Darwin Day

Wednesday, February 12, 2020


Kindergarten-to-College (K2C)

February, March, April dates on ?Mondays and ?Fridays.

K2C brings over 1200 5th graders and 220 teachers from all over Virginia to campus to explore college and encourage learning. They visit activities in small groups of 10-20. The Museum of Geosciences is always a favorite because of our enthusiastic Geosciences student hosts.



TBD in the Moss Arts Center


Geosciences Graduation Open House

TBD in the Museum, 2062 Derring. 

An opportunity for students to bring their families by the Museum. Many students have studied and done group work for classes in the Museum, some have also worked on exhibits, conducted outreach programs, or led group visits, and they like sharing this with their loved ones.


Alumni Open House at the Museum of Geosciences


In cooperation with the Virginia Tech Alumni Reunion, join us for an open house at the Museum in 2062 Derring Hall. See some of our new exhibits and acquisitions and talk with geoscientists about their research. 


The Museum has restricted hours during the VT Summer Break (May-Aug).  We will only be open to the public and available to small tour groups on ?TBD? Wednesdays between 10:00am-2:00pm during May, June, and July?


*Hokiesaurus Presents: Youth programs led by students to give kids a chance to do hands-on activities, meet a geoscientist, and learn more about geosciences as an academic and career path. Our Geosciences students decide topics and activities that are exciting to them, then work on their presentations in consultation with Museum staff and faculty members.