Did you find a rock at the park and don't know what kind it is? What about fossils? If you would like to learn more about rocks, minerals and fossils, then dive into the geology project! Discover the types of minerals, rocks and fossils that can be found where you live. Learn about geological formations across the state and in other states.
Things to Learn/Do in the Project
- Learn how the earth was formed and its three main parts
- Learn the difference between a rock and a fossil
- Collect, clean, identify and label rocks, minerals and fossils found in Kansas
- Learn the types and impacts of erosion
- Use different tests to identify minerals by hardness and color
- Find out what rock types occur in Kansas
- Learn how to identify fossils
- Learn to display and evaluate geology exhibits
- Learn how mountains are formed
- Discover the impact of glaciers
- Learn to measure specific gravity
- Read and use a topographic map
- Measure formation thickness
- Test to determine chemical properties of minerals
- Locate sites on a plat map
- How to prepare for geology careers
- Geology Project Sheet
- Geology Challenge
- Geology Project Specimen Labels
- Geology Scholarship Application - Due March 1
Reasonably priced materials are available for every project in Kansas 4-H. You can order the materials for your project online or contact your local Extension Office.
- 4-H Geology: Introduction to the Study of the Earth
- Geology Library
- Geology Public Highways
- Geology Websites
- Scoresheet for Judging Geology Exhibits
- Geology Box Criteria
- Lapidary Exhibit Scoresheet
General Geology Resources
Project Leader Resources
- Kansas 4-H Geology Project Leader Notebook
- Chapter 1: Geologic Processes
- Chapter 2: Geologic History
- Chapter 3: Minerals
- Chapter 4: Rocks
- Chapter 5: Fossils
- Chapter 6: Natural Resources and Map
- Chapter 7: General
State Fair Geology Information
Events and Activities
- Furthur details are typically anounced in April for an early June event.
- June 10th-12th Headquartered in Fredonia, KS
- Registration will close May 27th at 12:00 noon.
To register for the Event Please Visit the Geology Field Trip Page.
Awards and Recognition
Kansas 4-H Geology Scholarahsip
- Applicaitons are accepted through the Kansas 4-H Scholarships application process.
- All applications with supporting documentation & reference letters must be submitted no later than March 1.