In the community

The Earth Sciences Museum is dedicated to participating in events that encourage a broad and diverse appreciation for the features and processes of planet Earth. You can find us hosting events in the museum, out within the Waterloo-Kitchener region, and traveling to events in Ontario.

Our Reach

In 2019 the Earth Sciences Museum reached over 49,000 people. This number includes our educational programs, outreach events, campus tours and campus events. It does not include all the students and visitors that explore the museum but are not officially recorded, meaning our reach is even larger!

Our online content has gained traction in recent years with a 41% increase in first time visits to this website and our social media presence has grown steadily over the last 3 years. Following both our Instagram and X accounts will give you access to the museum's collection!

Our Annual Report for 2019 can give you more information about our reach and activities for the year and additional annual reports can be found below. 

Community Events

Child learning about Great Lakes

Come visit the Earth Sciences Museum at events in the region. We offer interactive educational activities at booths within festivals and events like the Waterloo Wellington Children’s Groundwater Festival and Discovery Square. We also partner with local libraries and municipalities to deliver public presentations. Please contact us if you would like our presence at an event!

Gem and Mineral Shows

UW Gem show table

Travelling and meeting the Earth Sciences community in Southern Ontario and abroad is one of our favourite activities. Some of the past events we have participated in are Gem and Mineral Shows across Ontario (Ancaster, Sudbury, Scarborough, London, and Brantford) as well as Detroit, Michigan.

The Earth Sciences Museum is host to the UW Gem and Mineral Show every Fall. With free admission and dozens of interactive activities for children (and adults) the two-day event is an enjoyable and educational opportunity for Earth Sciences enthusiasts and curious people.

Industry and Public Connections 

Mineral Gallery Case

Our exhibits, the Peter Russell Rock Garden, and our programming are influenced by the generosity of industry donors that use the Earth Sciences Museum as a bridge for public connection. Through specimen and monetary donations, we have been able to create a space that demonstrates how the public and industry interact daily with each other and fundamental principles of Earth Science.

Programming and Tours

Geochemistry test

We offer a wide variety of programming and specialized tours for elementary students, secondary students, and youth groups. We have designed themed tours specifically to tie in with school curriculums and provide interactive hands on content that gets children excited about Earth sciences.

We also offer general tours of our museum for other organizations and the general public, whatever your circumstances or group, we would be happy to hear from you and show off our museum.