The Museums of Western Colorado, Colorado Canyons Association, and John McConnell Math and Science Center have teamed up to bring a week-long series of educational experiences to Grand Valley residents for this year’s Earth Science Week (October 8-14, 2017). Earth Science Week was established in 1998 by the American Geosciences Institute to promote education and outreach. This year’s theme for Earth Science Week is “Earth and Human Activity.”
A variety of free, public activities are being planned for Monday through Saturday of Earth Science Week at different locations throughout the valley. Exact times and meeting locations are still being worked out, but here is a preview of some of the upcoming events.
Monday, October 9 – Meet Dylan at Crocodile Reef! This herpetology expert will be talking about our local reptiles and amphibians and how they support our native ecosystem. Get up close and personal with some of our resident critters and discover why they are so important to the Grand Valley.
Tuesday, October 10 – Learn how the monoliths in the Colorado National Monument were formed with a ranger-led program at the Independence Monument Overlook. Discover the power of rock and wind and water and how it made this natural wonder a fixture of the Grand Valley.
Wednesday, October 11 – It’s National Fossil Day! Hike the Trail Through Time in Rabbit Valley with a paleontologist! CCA education director Rob Gay, will lead this hike through the Jurassic rocks of Rabbit Valley to tell the story of dinosaurs long ago, and how paleontologists excavate their bones and study them. Dinosaur Journey will also be offering BOGO admissions: buy one adult admission and get a second admission FREE!
Thursday, October 12 – Come to the Whitman Educational Center to hear a lecture by Zebulon Miracle, our special guest and local historian, on the Uranium mining industry in the Grand Valley and how it shaped the economic development of our area.
Friday, October 13 – Discover minerals and mining in the Grand Valley with a geologist-led hike to the Mica Mine! Join BLM geologist, Eric Eckberg, on this scenic walk to a historic mica and quartz mine and learn how these minerals formed and why they are useful.
Saturday, October 14 – Join the John McConnell Math and Science Center and the Grand Junction Rock and Gem Club to learn about rocks and minerals in a series of fun, interactive stations, and activities. Learn why some rocks and minerals are hard, others are soft, how they form, and how they are destroyed. It’s the best of the basics for geology!
More details to come from the Museums of Western Colorado, Colorado Canyons Association, and the John McConnell Math and Science Center as we get closer to October. So, keep your eyes and ears perked for more exciting news about our planned activities on our websites, Facebook and Twitter.