Outreach Programs

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Earth Science on Wheels

During Earth Science on Wheels, an HMNS staff member will bring field geology, fossils and more to your classroom through interactive, hands-on presentations!
During Earth Science on Wheels, an HMNS staff member will bring field geology, fossils and more to your classroom through interactive, hands-on presentations! We offer four separate programs, each with a different emphasis.

From crystals to claws, and teeth to triceratops skin, your students will be amazed by the wonders of Earth Science.

Half Day Pricing: $425
Full Day Pricing: $525

Details and Restrictions:

  • Capacity: Maximum of 30 students per presentation
  • There is a mileage fee for locations more than 20 miles from the Museum.
  • Presentations
    • Tailored to grade-specific TEKS objectives. Before and After presentation curriculum available for each Program
    • Half Day: $425 Maximum 3 hours, including up to 6 presentations
    • Full Day: $525 Maximum 5 hours, including up to 8 presentations

Earth Science On Wheels is supported by: Southwestern Energy

Ready to Book?

A Reservation Coordinator will contact you within 3-5 business days to complete your booking request. The reservations office hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. excluding holidays. *Note: All Programs require a 3 week notice. Inquires made within a 3 week time period may not be fulfilled. 

Filling out this form does not indicate your Outreach Program is scheduled, you will receive an email with your invoice attached once your Program is confirmed.

Discover Our Programs

We offer six separate Earth Science on Wheels programs, each with a different emphasis.

Dinosaur Discovery

Experience the world of dinosaurs! Discover their lives, diets, and adaptations through interactive presentations. Meet real fossilized specimens and marvel at their bones, horns, claws, teeth, and skin. Learn what makes dinosaurs incredible!

Dynamic Earth

Investigate tectonic plates, natural disasters, weathering and erosion in this interactive, fast-paced trip of geologic proportions through the Earth’s crust. Volcanoes, earthquakes, and landslides, oh my! Beneath the surface of our ever-changing, dynamic planet, hidden dangers lurk deep within. In this presentation, students will examine tectonic plates and discover the chaos they can create when seismic shifts occur; investigate how the landscape transforms through weathering and erosion; and see how the layers of the Earth stack up. Explore the moving Earth beneath our feet as we traverse the Earth’s crust!

Recommended for 3rd Grade and above

Science Sort

Students have the opportunity to play paleontologist, as they sift through fossilized sediment to find shark teeth, shells and more! Learn about the many kinds of fossils there are, how they are made, and what various fossil types can tell us about ancient life, while preparing to embark on a mini fossil dig. Next, analyze and compare findings to a fossil identification guide, using the scientific process to determine the origin of fossils uncovered. This interactive, hands-on, inquiry based lab presentation is great for grades 2nd and up, and a wonderful reinforcement for TEKS earth science objectives. Book this program, and see what it’s like to be a paleontologist for a day!

Recommended for 2nd Grade and above

Know Your Rocks

Learn more about the geologic cycle all rocks are born from and the many everyday uses of rocks and minerals! This presentation introduces students to rock classification and the rock cycle, using hands-on, interactive activities to reinforce concepts learned. Students will have the chance to be a geologist as they classify rock specimens in all stages of the cycle, delving into the amazing processes which transform them. Explore the differences between rocks and minerals, while discovering the many practical applications they are used for every day. See why rocks and minerals are so fascinating, and how they make up an essential part of our lives!

Recommended for 3rd Grade and above

Water Cycle

Water is always on the move—find out how it transforms while exploring each fascinating stage of the water cycle! From oceans to bayous, uncover the secrets of where water comes from and where it is going, as well as why it’s so important to keep our water clean. Students will explore evaporation and condensation through interactive demonstrations, and see examples of precipitation, runoff, and groundwater using watershed models. Through the lens of Hurricane Harvey, students will learn about the impact of hurricanes on our watershed and how our city is preparing for the future. Discover the amazing water cycle and learn how human actions affect our water supply when you book this program!

Renewable is Doable!

Join the Renewable Revolution! From solar to wind, and hydroelectric to geothermal, alternative energy use is on the rise worldwide. Discover how alternative forms of energy are generated, stored, and used as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each. In this interactive, demonstration-based presentation, students will examine how we utilize green energy to power our world and see why the resources which produce this energy are limited. Watch examples of alternative energy in action, and learn about new innovations leading us to a cleaner world!

Recommended for 2nd Grade and above

Focus on Fossils

Take an in-depth look at fossils: exploring how fossils are made, where to locate them, and how they are found! Students will learn the different methods of fossilization, the major fossil types, and how the environment and other elements help fossils to form. See a demonstration of how paleontologists use molds and casts, and get up-close with real fossil specimens from the Museum collections as you discover all the facts on fossils. Want to know why scientists are so interested in fossils? From footprints to bones to petrified wood, this presentation reveals the amazing clues fossils teach us about life millions of years ago!

Recommended for 2nd Grade and above