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Now - November 1, 2019

DEP’s Florida Geological Survey is sponsoring a writing and art contest and inviting all Florida students in grades 6 – 9 to enter to win prizes that rock!

Florida Geological Survey Open House

Friday, November 1
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

3000 Commonwealth Blvd., Suite 1
Tallahassee, FL 32303

Spend the day learning about Florida geology during the Florida Geological Survey’s annual Open House.

Discover Your Path to Geoscience – Walk the halls of the FGS and discover different geoscience careers. Map your path to see where you could end up.

Inside a Deep Well – Help a geologist run geophysical logs with a special borehole camera in FGS’ deep well.  

The Multiple Properties of Rocks – Join us in this hands-on learning station as we demonstrate how rocks change and have different properties – Bring a towel – it can get messy!

Geology Kitchen – Learn about the different types of rock with yummy demonstrations by our resident geology “chef!”

Rock Swap – bring in a rock and swap it out with other visitors or the FGS! See how rocks from around Florida are all different.

Water Ventures Mobile Learning Lab – Enjoy this traveling science center’s exciting learning stations.

Museum: See a dugong skeleton, an extinct mako shark jaw, fossils, rocks and minerals.

Microscopes: Geoscientists will explain what you’re seeing through the lens.

Drill rig: Guests can view a demonstration of how the rig works. Geologists will explain the workings of the rig and what researchers learn from core samples.

Young scientist stations: Young guests will enjoy coloring sheets that highlight prehistoric life in Florida. Seashells and Play-Doh™ will allow for experimentation with formation of fossil molds.

Rock painting: Help create something spectacular! Paint a rock and keep it or hide it. Learn how to play #FGSRocks and help keep track of how far the rocks travel.

Rock, fossil, mineral identification: Bring a rock, mineral or fossil to the Open House and a geologist will help identify it.

Contest submission desk: Submit entries to the Earth Science Week Writing and Art Contest. Entry forms will be available.

Food and Ice Cream: Buy a tasty meal from King Kuisine and a cool treat from Momma P’s ice cream truck.


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