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Rocks, Fossils and More

Grades 1-5 | Explore fossils from the RMSC teaching collection. Sort rocks into three groups and learn about the minerals that make up rocks.

  • Museum & Science Center
  • Inquiry Room Investigation
  • 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade
  • Earth Systems

Inquiry Room Investigation 

Explore fossils from the RMSC teaching collection. Learn how to tell the difference between rock categories and test out the properties of different minerals. Learn how rock formations and the fossil record can give us clues about the Earth’s history and geological events of the past.


In-person capacity may be limited in compliance with public health guidelines in effect on the day of your visit.


NYS Standards:

  • 3-LS4-1 Analyze and interpret data from fossils to provide evidence of the organisms and the environments in which they lived long ago.
  • 4-ESS1-1 Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time.
  • 5-PS1-3 Make observations and measurements to identify materials based on their properties.

How To Book

Need More Information?

  • Contact: Guest Services
  • Phone: 585.697.1942

When Is It?

  • Days Available: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Start Date: 09/07/2023
  • End Date: 06/25/2024
  • Program Length: 50 min.
  • Earliest Start Time: 10am

Who Should Attend?

  • Grades: 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade
  • Maximum Attendance: 25

How Much Does It Cost?

  • $10 per person; PLUS: $6 Additional per person charge; 1 free adult with every 5 students; RMSC Member Adults free

    In-Person Lunch Fee: $30 per classroom needed, students required to bring bag lunch
  • Minimum Student Charge: 15 students