The world is full of people with great experiences to share. Invite individuals to your classroom to share their knowledge and background with your students. Encourage your students to come up with their own ideas for industry guests. Here is a start:

  • Student parent working in mining, oil and gas, sand and gravel, or related industry
  • Geologist
  • Geology Teacher from local High School, Community College, or University
  • Spokesperson from local Gem and Mineral Club
  • Mining Historian
  • Mining Engineer
  • Safety Engineer
  • Spokesperson from local mining, oil and gas, sand and gravel company
  • Spokesperson from local environmental group like Friends of the Earth and Sierra Club
  • Representative from company providing supplies and equipment to the mineral resource industry
  • Economist
  • Spokesperson from Bureau of Land Management or U.S. Forest Service to discuss multiple land usage


Classroom instruction is often enhanced when you can leave the classroom and experience learning other ways. Here are some field trip ideas:

  • Rock Quarry
  • Geology Museum; Mineral Museum
  • History Museum
  • Mining Operations
  • Sand and Gravel Operation
  • Recycling Plant
  • Refinery
  • Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
  • State Geological Survey
  • State Geologist
  • State Bureau of Land Management Office
  • State Mining Association
  • Department of Mines/Mineral Resources
  • Mining Companies
  • Mine Inspector's Offices
  • Oil and/or Gas Companies
  • Sand and Gravel Operations
  • Consulting Geologists
  • Equipment Suppliers to Industry
  • Recycling Companies
  • Environmental Organizations
  • Gem and Mineral Society
  • Rock Club
  • Trade/Supplier's Organization


Minerals: Foundations of Society

Earth Science Investigations - Grades 8 to 12
American Geological Institute
4220 King Street
Alexandra, VA 22302
(800) 336-4764 - for orders
(703) 379-2480 - for information

Earth Science Research Activities - Grades 8 to 12
Alpha Publishing Co.
1910 hidden Point Road
Annapolis, MD 21401

A Sedimentary Geologist’s Guide to Helping K–12 Earth Science Teachers

PO Box 4756
Tulsa, OK 74159
(918) 743-9765


The Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration Inc. sponsors a Foundation for Public Information and Education, which provides VHS/videos that educators may check out free of charge (except for paying the return postage fee) for a maximum of two weeks. For a complete listing of SME's videos you may write or call:


SME Foundation
PO Box 625002
8307 Shaffer Parkway
Littleton, CO 80127
(303) 973-9550 FAX (303) 973-3845


The United States Geological Survey has a variety of free maps, indexes and catalogs available. They also have topographic maps and a wide variety of thematic maps that can be ordered. (You may also contact your own state's Geological Survey to obtain local maps.) Write or call this address for more information.

USGS Map Distribution
Box 25286, Building 810
Denver Federal Center
Denver, CO 80225
(303) 236-7477


  • Small collections of rock and mineral samples are available from many state geological surveys, at little or no cost. Contact yours for more information.

Here are some private sources for educational or exhibition minerals. There may be others in your area also. Check local listings.

National Energy Foundation
4516 S 700 E, Suite 100
Salt Lake City, UT 84107
(801) 908-5800
(801) 908-5400 – FAX

Carolina Biological Supply Company
2700 York Road
Burlington, NC 27215
(800) 334-5551

D.J. Minerals

PO Box 761
Butte, MT 59703-0761

Forestry Suppliers
PO Box 8397
Jackson, MS 39284-8397

The Mineral Gallery

Amethyst Galleries, Inc.
6249 Balmoral Dr.
Dublin, OH 43017

Miners Inc.
PO Box 1301
Riggins, ID 83549-1301

Omni Resources
1004 S. Mebane Street
Burlington, NC 27216
(336) 227-8300

Scott Resources
PO Box 2121
Fort Collins, CO 80522

Ward's Natural Science Establishment, Inc.
PO Box 92912
Rochester, NY 14692-9012


Philip Carona

Crystal and Gem
R.F. Symes and R.R. Harding
Knopf, 1991 (Eyewitness Books)

The Earth's Story
Gerald Ames
Knopf, 1988 (Eyewitness Books)

Everybody Needs a Rock
Byrd Baylor and Peter Parnall
Aladdin, 1974

Golden Guide to Rocks and Minerals, A
Herbet S. Zim and Paul R. Shaffer

Guide to Minerals, Rocks, and Fossils, A
W.R. Hamilton, A.R. Woodley, and A.C. Bishop

How to Dig a Hole to the Other Side of the World

Faith McNulty

I Can Be A Geologist
Paul Sipiera

Industrial Minerals: How They Are Found & Used
Robert Bates

Janice VanCleave's Rocks and Minerals
Spectacular Science Projects
John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1996

Let's Go Rock Collecting
Roma Gans and Holly Keller
Harper Collins, 1997 (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science - Stage 2)

The Magic School Bus: Inside the Earth

Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen
Scholastic, 1987

Robin Kerrod

Metals and Alloys
Kathryn Whyman

Metals and Minerals

Jacqueline Dineen

Minerals -- Foundations of Society, 3rd Edition
Ann P. Dorr and Alma Hale Paty
American Geological Institute

National Audubon Society: First Field Guide Rocks and Minerals
Edward Ricciuti and Margaret W. Carruthers
Scholastic, 1998

Our Modern Stone Age
Robert Bates and Julia Jackson

Rock Collecting
Roma Gans and Holly Keller
Harper Trophy, 1984 (A Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Book)

Rock Quarry Book, The
Michael Kehoe

Rocks and Minerals
Paul E. Desautels

Rocks and Minerals
Chris Pellant
Dorling Kindersley Inc., 1992 (Eyewitness Books)

Rocks and Minerals
Reader's Digest Pathfinders
Reader's Digest Children’s Books, 1999

Rocks and Minerals
R.F. Symes
Knopf, 1988 (Eyewitness Books)

Rocks and Their Stories
Carroll Lane Fenton and Mildred Adams

Rocks and What they Tell Us
Lester del Rey

Secrets in Stones
Rose Wyler and Gerald Ames

Understanding and Collecting Rocks and Fossils
Martyn Bramwell
Usborne, 1983

What Does A Geologist Do?
R.V. Fodor

What Is A Rock?
John Syrocki

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