In addition to the guided Geo-Trail and Building Britain Exhibition, we can offer the following activities;
Gem Panning Gem panning is a fascinating hands-on activity. Visitors carry their pan of 'sand' to shallow ponds of clean water and swirl the mixture to separate out the hidden semi-precious gems. A case of labelled examples is available to assist with identification by colour and shape. Visitors then get to take the gems they find home with them!
Soil Study A demonstration of different types of soils is available. This includes comparing their varied texture and properties and illustrating the relationship of soils with the underlying rock and the process of colonisation by plants.
Fossil Casting Fossil casting gives children the opportunity to make Plaster of Paris casts of fossils. They can find out about the earliest plants and creatures on Earth and think about how their remains became part of the rocks beneath our feet.
Study of rocks/minerals A study of rocks and minerals gives our visitors the opportunity to examine and compare samples to illustrate their varied appearance, origin and properties. This gives rise to a discussion of the many different uses of stone now and throughout history.
These can all be combined as a Treasure in the Rocks Day Event. These events are very popular and often involve large numbers of children, so it is important that groups arrive promptly and keep to the schedule they are given on the day. Each party of children should be divided into groups of no more than 25, with an appropriate number of adults accompanying each group.
How to book
1. First check, by telephoning the National Stone Centre, to see if your chosen date is available before completing the booking form.
2. Choose between filling out our online booking form or downloading the PDF form and sending it in by post
3. Print out two copies of the Health & Safety Statement and return a signed copy with the completed booking form to the National Stone Centre.