I am just a strong believer that education should be creating interest,  surprises and then hands on to cement the interest in things that may be outside of their local realm. In other words expand their world which will naturally expand their minds. - Mike

I Think This Says It All, Amazing That We Can Do So Much Together From Opposite Ends Of The US.

Rocks, Minerals, Fossils, Skulls,Plants and so much much more!

Sensory Stimulation and Pure Fascination For All.

<And To Believe It All Started For With A Piece of Dino Poop>

Can you Believe That They Can Actually Go Back And Find Out What They Ate Millions of Years Ago?

Code Name:  Coprolite

Moqui Stones

All the info you will ever need right here, the kids fell in love with these as you see.

The students first get to open up each item, either straight from the box or sometimes we will take out and

wrap them up and play a musical game until each item is opened up.  We then will pass the items around and let each student touch, smell, and see each item.  Then we let them make guesses as to what each item is, just before we reveiw the links provided to us by Mike and his friends and get the scoop on each item.  The Smiles say it all!

Stones just like these were found on Mars - Letting Us Know That There Was Water There At Sometime.

This says it all:
Moqui Marbles: They're a concretion, but how and why they were formed is a mystery. They are found at the base of the Navajo Sandstone and are thought to be 130 to 155 million years old. They are roughly spherical, about 1 1/3 to 2 3/4 inches diameter, but each is different and one-of-a-kind. The shell is of heavy natural iron deposits and the centre is filled with extremely fine, coral colored sandstone (much finer than the surrounding Navajo Sandstone). They're beautiful, unique and thought-provoking .... perfect gifts and conversation pieces.



Martian Blueberries: Click here: Utah rocks help explain Martian "blueberries" - 16 June 2004 - New Scientist

These were All enjoyed - there is something about that Green that really catches your eye.

Here are three Happy Campers, Opening Up A Few Of The Packages.

They enjoy the opening much more than giving it up when the music is on.

 FOLKLORE: About 75 Apaches and the US Calvary squared off against each other in battle on a mountain overlooking what is now Superior, Arizona in the 1870's. Rather than face defeat, the outnumbered Apache warriors rode their horses off the mountain to their deaths. The families of the warriors cried when they learned of the tragedy. Their tears turned into stone upon hitting the ground. Today these beautiful translucent gemstones are known as Apache Tears Good Luck Stone.   Llewellyn Encyclopedia: Apache Tear Drop


Daniel and J.C. Could Not Keep Their Eyes Off of This Fossil Fish.

A Little Geology

The geology of the Zion and Kolob canyons area includes nine known exposed formations, all visible in Zion National Park in the state of Utah in the United States, and representing about 150 million years of mostly Mesozoic-aged sedimentation. Part of the Grand Staircase, the formations exposed in the Zion and Kolob area were deposited in several different environments that range from warm shallow seas, streams, and lakes to large deserts and dry near shore environments. Subsequent uplift of the Colorado Plateau exposed these sediments to erosion by streams that preferentially cut through weaker rocks and jointed formations. Much later, lava flows and cinder cones covered parts of the Zion area.

Zion National Park includes an elevated plateau that consists of sedimentary formations that dip very gently to the east. This means that the oldest strata are exposed along the Virgin River in the Zion Canyon part of the park, and the youngest are exposed in the Kolob Canyons section. The plateau is bounded on the east by the Sevier Fault Zone, and on the west by the Hurricane Fault Zone. Weathering and erosion along north-trending faults and fractures influence the pattern of landscape features associated with canyons in this stream-incised plateau region.


Click here: Owyhee Jasper      What Do You See In Stone?     Click here: Imperial Jasper-nodular


A Few Fluorescent Specimens I Have Came Across - Talk About Visual!

Found These Ropes and Cords on The Internet - Watch The Darkness Come To Life.

Greg Came back to Did Up Some Old Bones Back For A Visit.

Liz Could Not Take her Eyes Off This Bobcat Skull and Amanda Was Not Sure About The Teeth on This Piranah

Who Knew A Porcupine Quill Was Quite This Big?


Notice the hole at the end of this dig.  these holes were made by the miners in the 1920's they would tunnel down following veins of gold and the dirt and gold were taken out in leather bags and then processed.  We call them rabbit holes today because of their small size.  not much bigger than room enough for one man to crawl in.  They  often led over 30 feet down on an angle and  into large rooms that were carved out when they would hit a pocket of gold. They also used them to sleep in to escape the heat which can reach as high as 130 degrees in the summer time.   Also interesting is these miners were paid one dollar a day and drinking water cost two dollars a gallon for it had to be brought in by mule drawn wagons from over 20 miles away.