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studying at the Fryxell

The Fryxell Geology Museum attracts those who are curious about early life, the development of life-forms and the formation of rocks and minerals.

The museum is free and open to the public. Museum staff also host free school field trips for K-12 students.

To increase earth science awareness and introduce geology concepts, the staff provides a guided tour of the museum and various 30-minute programs (depending on the age level of the visiting group). Please budget about 1 hour and 15 minutes for a school visit.

Students participate in the hands-on program while the host directs exploration of rocks, minerals, and fossils through simple observation and physical property tests and a game in which students work together to match natural resources (i.e. ores, minerals, and fossil fuel) to their human-made products.

School visits to the museum can also be scheduled in conjunction with a free 45-minute planetarium show (for classes 3rd grade and older.) For a morning of free educational science programming, please call 794-7318 or email GailParsons@Augustana.edu to schedule your class fieldtrip.

Teachers, click here for pre- and post-visit activities.

Geology discovery kits for the classroom

To promote earth-science awareness, geology discovery kits were conceived and developed by the Fryxell Geology Museum staff to support teachers of all levels. The Augustana College Geology Department is pleased to offer easy-to-use, hands-on, K-12 teacher-directed geology exploration kits for you and your classroom. They provide everything needed to set up earth science centers in the classroom.

The kits are loaned to local K-12 teachers, homeschool groups and Scout troops, free-of-charge, on a weekly basis.

The kit is filled with labeled rock, mineral and fossil samples and tools and materials for mineral property testing. no more wondering what that "mystery rock" is in your old school set! Educational games and experiments are included, as well as complete explanations for the teacher at the elementary or high school leveldesigned for classroom use regardless of whether the teacher has experience in teaching earth science or geology.

The kit is the size of a fishing tackle box and contains:

  • Mineral set
  • Igneous and metamorphic rock set
  • Sediments and sedimentary rock set
  • Fossil set
  • Natural mineral resource matching game set
  • Tools and materials for rock and mineral property testing
  • Teacher's guide with educational experiments and activities with complete explanations for teachers
  • Additional published geology activity books

The exercises, games and experiments have been designed to expose children to earth science first-hand and foster observational skills and logical thinking that is crucial to any area of study.

For information about the discovery kit, or to schedule its use, contact

Susan Wolf, Educational Programs Coordinator,
Fryxell Geology Museum
Augustana College
639 38th Street
Rock Island IL 61201-2296
Telephone 309-794-7369 or SusanWolf@Augustana.edu