Written by Dr. Lauren Neitzke Adamo, Museum Co-Director
Welcome to our new museum blog, where we hope to show our visitors more about the exciting new things happening at the Rutgers University Geology Museum (RUGM)!
The heart and soul of our outreach and education activities at the RUGM has always been our group tour program. Thousands of K-12 and university students tour our museum each year, while learning about some of our most popular exhibits. This program has been and will always be free, but we have been working hard to provide new STEM programing that will not only encourage new groups to visit the RUGM, but also encourage other groups to come back again.
We are thrilled to announce the addition of two new STEM-themed patch programs to the RUGM tour line up! These programs are aimed toward Girl and Boy Scout groups, but can be booked by any group of 10 or more. Each 30 to 45 minute tour will guide the group through a different geology-related topic and each participant will go home with their own lesson kit!
Tours are appropriate for all K-12 age groups as the activities will be tailored to the learning level and/or age of each group.
Fossil Fun Patch Tour
Children will learn about the different types of fossils, how they are made, and explore the variety of fossils on display at the RUGM. Participants will even make their very own fossil dig kit!
Amazing Minerals Patch Tour
This tour is modeled after the requirements for the Earth Rocks Cub Scout Badge, but can be booked by any group or school.
Participants will learn about the three rock types, how they are formed, and how geologists define minerals and their properties. Every child will have the chance to further explore the abundance of minerals on display at the RUGM and go home with their very own mineral identification starter kit.