The Earth Sciences Museum is temporarily closed until further notice. We apologize to all of our visitors and groups for this inconvenience. Thank you for your understanding.

High school teachers

Secondary School Programs

The following programs (with the exception of Rocks, Minerals and Microscopes and Geology of Ontario) can come to your school and be performed in your classroom. If you choose to come to the University of Waterloo, we can extend the program to include any of the following combinations:

  • General Earth Sciences Museum tour (1 hour)
  • Peter Russell Rock Garden lunch with scavenger hunt (45 min)
  • Campus tour (2 hours)
  • Faculty of Science tour (1 hour)
  • Observe an Earth & Environmental Sciences first year lecture (1 hour)
  • Vertebrate Evolution or General Museum scavenger hunt (30 min)

Please note: All program and tour times are suggested but can be flexible depending on your schedule.

Program Description Curriculum Connection Time (hrs)


Explore Canada’s energy resources: type, use, and relative value. Take a close look at fossil fuels in the museum; where they come from, how we use them and fuel alternatives. Finally, play the Energy Game to maximize your provincial income and conserve resources while providing for your energy hungry population. Your group will want to play this action packed game more than once!





How do elements move through water in the environment? How do we maintain, protect and clean this essential resource? Discover the answers through local case studies, a hands on lab experiment, and tour of a working Geochemistry lab in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department.






A hands-on examination of where our Canadian rock and mineral resources come from, how we know what they are worth, and what products they are in. Students will investigate the properties of rocks and minerals first hand in our microscope activity and explore the Cobalt mine tunnel.



GEOLOGY OF ONTARIO Understand the Geology of Ontario by visiting our rock garden with over 80 rocks collected from across North America. Explore the Cobalt mine tunnel to learn about the history of mining, and learn how to age date rocks that are billions of years old in our real working Geology lab. SES 4U 2

How to book a program

If you would like to book a program please fill out the form below.

All museum programs are free but transportation costs still exist. The PDAC's Mining Matters program has a field trip subsidy that you can apply for.

Information and privacy: questions regarding the collection of information on this form can be directed to the form administrator.

Preferred program date * (required)
Preferred start time * (required)
The number of people expected to attend the tour
(max. 30)
(min. 3)


Feel free to email the Earth Sciences Museum for general inquiries.

Or contact by phone: (519) 888-4567 ext. 35633

For directions to the museum: Visit Us

Museum hours

Conestoga Rovers Learning Centre (the “Dino pit”) open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

The museum’s main atrium, mining tunnel, Great Lakes fountain and stunning mineral exhibits open all day Monday to Friday, and 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on weekends.

Peter Russell Rock Garden (located outdoors) open to the public year round. Self-guided tours are available.

Admission is free! For more information, see Visit Us.

Scavenger hunts for kids ages 6 to 12+