Does your child come home from outdoor adventures with a pocket full of rocks and dirt under the fingernails? Do they spend hours examining every little pebble at the park or along the river valley paths? While these silly antics can be exasperating, what if this inquisitive interest in nature held the key to our kids’ future careers?

The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) aims to inspire a new generation of makers and thinkers. One of the ways they do this is by providing an annual Rock and Fossil Clinic for the public. This particular event allows people of all ages to experience and explore the wonders of geoscience (that’s a fancy word for the study of Earth and what it’s made of!) It is a fun day for families to discover fossils, rocks and curious landforms, plus learn fascinating facts under the guidance of practising geoscientists and earth science students.

The 29th annual APEGA Rock and Fossil Clinic will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2022. This year, the clinic includes both online presentations and a variety of in-person geoscience activities to discover throughout the province. Join in the fun in the morning from your home computer, then set out on a rock-finding adventure in the afternoon. There’s even a Geoscience-themed scavenger hunt (GeoHunt) with some great prizes to be won!

APEGA Rock and Fossil Clinic

Virtual Presentations | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

The fun will all kick off online at 9:00 am with tales of adventure and discovery shared through the Geoscience Game Show. Following that, you can join in hands-on activities led by partner organizations across the province including Royal Tyrrell Museum, the Canadian Energy Museum, Oil Sands Discovery Centre and TELUS World of Science – Edmonton.

All details and activity supply lists will be sent by email prior to the event so you are ready to join in the fun right from the comfort of your own living room! See the full morning schedule here.

In-Person Geoscience Experiences | 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

After a lunch break, participants will be invited to head out and participate in one of the APEGA-partnered geoscience activities in your community. Learn more about Alberta’s rich geological history from fellow rock-enthusiasts and experts, including special access to tours, and viewing mineral and fossil collections. Across the province, in-person partner presentations will be provided by:
Alberta Geological Survey (Edmonton at the University of Alberta)

  • Canadian Rockies Earth Science Resource Centre (Canmore)
  • Canmore Museum (Canmore)
  • Earth Science for Society (Calgary at Central Calgary Public Library)
  • Frank Slide Interpretive Centre (Blairmore)
  • Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Mount Royal University (Calgary)
  • MH Interpretive Program (Medicine Hat)
  • TELUS Spark (Calgary)
  • Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta (Edmonton)
  • Physics Department, University of Alberta (Edmonton)
  • Department of Geoscience, University of Calgary (Calgary)
  • Edmonton Geological Society (Edmonton at the University of Alberta)

Find the full list of in-person presentations here. Along the way, you can also watch for the marked GeoStops. Mark off each stop to complete the self-guided GeoHunt and enter into the draw for great prizes including books, resources, and museum admission passes! There are 3 separate GeoHunts – one in each location: Edmonton, Calgary and Canmore.

Register Early to Reserve Your Spot

Come see the outdoors through the lens of a geoscientist! As always, the APEGA Rock and Fossil Clinic is free for all ages to attend, but some sessions have capacity limits and require registration. To ensure a spot for your rock-enthused explorer, or the whole family, register online before Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at 11:59 pm. Get ready to Dig in to Geoscience with a fun day of learning and outdoor exploration with APEGA!

APEGA Rock and Fossil Clinic:

When: Saturday, October 1, 2022 (registration deadline is Wednesday, September 28, 2022)
Time: Online 9:00 am – 12:00 pm | In-Person 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm MST
Where: Online & at various sites throughout Alberta
Cost: FREE