For Teachers

Exploring the rock pile in the rock garden of the Rice Northwest Rock and Mineral Museum.

The greatest gift a teacher can give to a student is a new appreciation for the world around them, including the world under a student’s feet.

The Rice Museum offers tours on-site as well as Portable Education Programs that we bring to your classroom. All of our educational programming is compatible with the Next Generation Science Standards for public schools.

The Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals as a Classroom

The historic Rice Museum houses one of the world’s finest collections of rocks and minerals. With extensive galleries, touchable specimens, and skilled tour guides, we create a layered educational experience for students of all ages.

Tour topics include rock and mineral formation, fossilization, geologic time, Earth resources in our everyday lives, and more. We adjust content presentation to meet your students’ grade level needs.

Field trips should be fun! Exhibits like our fluorescent mineral gallery, gold safe, and baby dinosaur get students excited to learn about our world. Students also love to dig through the popular rock pile at the museum, uncovering surprises like crystals, fossils, jaspers, and other beautiful treasures.

Each student may take home one rock from the Rock Pile free of charge as part of their experience.

Tour Logistics

School class tours are approximately two hours long. Plan an additional 30 minutes if you would like to have lunch on the museum grounds and another 30 minutes if you would like your class to explore the Museum Store.

School guided tour programs are priced per attendee for large groups and a flat rate for groups of 35 or less. The pricing gives a group discount from our standard admission rates. Guided school tours are scheduled outside of regular operating hours.

Questions: Please contact our Program Schedule Coordinator

For groups of 35 or less: 

  • Groups of 35 or less are charged a flat rate of $150.00.

For groups of 36-120:

  • $4.00 for students
  • $5.00 for adults
  • 1 teacher per classroom free

For groups larger than 120:

  • Groups larger than 120 are required to book multiple tour dates due to our building occupancy restrictions.
  • $4.00 for students
  • $5.00 for adults
  • 1 teacher per classroom free

Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals is able to offer financial aid to qualifying schools thanks to the generosity of our donors.

Thank you for choosing to visit the Rice Museum! A staff member will contact you with confirmation details for your tour.

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