The Earth’s Forces

Let us show you why Rocks really Rock!

Starting miles under the surface of the Earth and heading to sandy beaches, we will follow minerals as they are transformed into different types of rocks thanks to the forces of the Earth—Burpee’s exhibit journeys from liquid rocks to the products of quick and slow cooling.  Together, we will explore how different minerals create rocks that look wildly different.

Next, transition to the products of weathering from wind to water to ice and more. What happens to weathered rocks? What is on the beach? What is in the dirt? We will explore intermediary forms and head into compaction as well as the effect of life on minerals. In this experience, students will examine the transitions and multiple changes that form the rocks around us. Don’t miss the amazing minerals from the most colorful and beautiful to those that light up under UV light!

Key Concepts:

Rock cycle, compaction, erosion, intermediary, minerals, metamorphic, igneous rock, sedimentary rock, basic chemistry of minerals, impurities in minerals


Asking questions, making observations, analyzing and interpreting data


The program includes moving short distances in groups and sitting on the floor for discussion & activities. Chairs and/or tables are available upon request. We believe there should be no boundaries for your students’ Burpee Museum experience. If you have an accommodation request related to a disability, please get in touch with us at 815-965-3433. We look forward to assisting you.

Standards NGSS:

2-ESS1-1, K-2-ETS1-2, 4-ESS1-1, 3-5-ETS1-2, 5-ESS2-1, MS-ESS3-1, MS-ETS1-2, HS-ETS1-3