Earth Day

earth day Special activities for Earth Month will be presented East Tennessee State University’s Department of Geosciences at the ETSU General Shale Natural History Museum and Visitors Center at the Gray Fossil Site on Sat., April 11th. The museum will be open for tours and have activities for all ages from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The ETSU Department of Geosciences will host activities, such as an eco-friendly walkabout, a poster symposium, a GIS tutorial, a drone demo, and various games and activities.

The schedule for the celebration is as follows:

  • 10:30 a.m. - Eco-Friendly Walkabout. Dr. Ingrid Luffman, a professor in the Department of Geosciences, will take attendees around the museum grounds to show and discuss environmentally friendly and earth-related topics, such as permeable pavement, solar panels, environmental data logger, and more.
  • 11:00 a.m. - Poster Symposium. ETSU Geosciences students will display project posters, which will focus on research and maps. All students will be available for questions pertaining to their work.
  • Noon: GIS workshop/tutorial. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn the basics of GIS and see how geoscientists use it in the field.
  • 1:00 p.m. - Drone Demo. Visitors can see a drone, which has a video link to the remote control. Visitors can see the view from the drone using the video link.

Many programs will be repeated for visitors who attend in the afternoon.

  • 1:30 p.m.: Eco-Friendly Walkabout II.
  • 2:00 p.m.: GIS Workshop/Tutorial II.
  • 3:00 p.m.: Drone Demo II.




Throughout the entire day, the Geosciences Department will host various games, such as “Geoguesser” and “Geosense,” both of which deal with environmental and geographic information. There will be prizes for winners. There will also be a geo-caching game throughout the museum property and a weather/climate/groundwater table, where visitors can see a tornado in a bottle, a demonstration of the Earth’s albedo, or solar energy, and much more.

 All-access admission to the museum is $3 for children and $6 for adults. The museum is open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and is located 1.8 miles off Exit 13 on Interstate 26. For more information, or for special assistance, call (866) 202-6223 or visit the museum at

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