Short Course #9: More! Rocks in Your Head – Workshop & Field Experience

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Panther Creek

Earth science workshop and Panther Creek erosion/deposition field trip

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: 3rd-8th Teachers; HS Earth and Space Science teachers welcome

WHEN: Saturday, September 19, 2015; 8:30 to 3:30


  • 8:30 – 12:00 Talisman Energy USA, Inc., 2445 Technology Forest Blvd Suite 1200, The Woodlands, 77381.
  • 12:00 – 1:00 transition to Panther Creek, a 10 minute drive away.
    [You will drive there, park, walk in to first stop and eat lunch (provided).]
  • 1:00 – 3:30 Panther Creek. [Walking on uneven terrain and wading in shallow creek anticipated.]

COST: $50 per person (cost includes lunch, all course materials, and take-home items for the classroom)


Nationally acclaimed workshop, More! Rocks in Your Head, covers a full scope of earth sciences. Comprehensive manual and materials enable full or partial incorporation into curriculum. Hands-on projects involve students. This workshop empowers educators, regardless of scientific expertise.

More! Rocks in Your Head

Topics and hands-on projects covered during the workshop: Earth’s Structure; Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic Rocks; Soil; Caves; Erosion and Deposition; and Minerals.

Other chapters (including hands-on projects) you will get in course manual: Plate Tectonics; Land Feature Maps; Fossils and Global History; Relative and Absolute Age Dating; Mining and Reclamation; Fossil Fuels; Energy Resources; and Earth Science Careers.

Taught by Janie Schuelke. For more information visit


Tucked away just south of The Woodlands is the Montgomery County Preserve – a greenway that local residents use to walk their dogs or jog and groups use to learn about local flora.  The preserve also holds a natural laboratory to explore a meandering creek system.  We will spend part of the day along a ½ km of Panther Creek where it merges with Spring Creek to investigate numerous features of the creeks as well as interact with the processes that form and continually modify them.  We will visit a number of locations and discuss the processes that are occurring and the resultant features that are there.  Participants will be able to experience the dynamic nature of river systems and expand their understanding of the world we live in with a visit.

Led by geologist, Erik Scott. For more information visit


  • More! Rocks in Your Head manual
  • Rock Samples (labeled and bagged) of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks.
  • A Rock is Born laminated poster showing how each of the rock samples form
  • Minerals and Test Kit labeled minerals and mineral test kit
  • Hunt for Fossil Fuels oil exploration game on CD.
  • A Tapestry of Time and Terrain USGS map of the USA
  • Oil and Natural Gas book.
  • Energize Your Future career book.
  • Panther Creek field guide.
  • Follow up materials on Panther Creek.
  • Certificate showing 7 hours / 7 CPE.
  • LUNCH!

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