Portable Earth Science Programs

The Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals offers a wide variety of portable earth science programs to schools, home schools, and groups.

Museum staff work with educators and schools to make each program meet the needs of the curriculum as much as possible. The museum provides the educator and support staff, activity materials, and equipment for each educational program. The host provides space, tables, electricity (if necessary), publicity and promotion, reservations and event management, and study materials such as student notebooks or textbooks.

Family Earth Science Night

Science fun for the whole family. Your students can invite parents and siblings to join in on their explorations with this exciting program. Touch a real dinosaur egg, learn about the minerals in your body, hold beautiful crystals, and see how our Earth has changed over time.

Especially good for science fairs and back-to-school nights, all the support staff and activity supplies are provided. Hosts provide space, tables, volunteers, and publicity for the event.

The Family Earth Science Night is available by appointment on weeknights from 5:30-8:00 PM and weekends by special request.

To book a Family Earth Science Night for your group or class, use the program request form below. You will be contacted to discuss program details, pricing, and availability.

Classroom Programs

This program truly brings the museum to your school. From kindergarten through 12th grade, we can address any topic at your students’ level.

All programs feature hands-on, interactive activities. Programs are approximately 50 minutes long and designed for up to 30 kids.

The Classroom Program topics include:

  • Fossils
  • Rocks & Minerals
  • Earthquakes
  • Volcanoes
  • Meteorites
  • Plate tectonics
  • …and more!

Contact us using the form for specific details, including relevant Next Generation Science Standards. Classroom programs are available weekdays to accommodate school hours.


All off-site programs cost $150 for the first hour and $50 for each additional hour. Additional travel fees may apply depending on location.

Reserve a Portable Earth Science Program

If you would be interested in bringing a Portable Earth Science Program to your school or event, please use the form below. If you would like to tailor the program to specific curriculum needs, please explain it in the comment box.

Reserve a Classroom Program

Reserve a Family Earth Science Night