Earth Science Discovery

Dear teachers, educators, and friends of Flandrau:

Due to increased concerns regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and in the interest of the health of our visitors, staff and community, Flandrau is temporarily closed until further notice.

All Field Trips and Discovery Programs are cancelled until we can reopen.

We will continue to work closely with the University of Arizona to coordinate our efforts and will plan to reopen to the public when the time is right. Please continue to check our website and look for announcements via email and social media for updates. We look forward to welcoming you back to Flandrau in the future.

Stay healthy!
Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium

Similar to the popular Marine Discovery program, students will participate in a series of hands-on activities exploring Earth's "Critical Zone" led by UA students. Stations will explore earth science concepts like the rock cycle, the water cycle and the carbon cycle. Activities will align with AZ State and Next Generation Science Standards.

Workshop Stations:

  • Rock Cycle Station: Students will explore the rock cycle as they create their very own igneous rock out of Starburst.
  • Soil Station: Students will texture different soil types and identify soils by different characteristics.
  • Microbes Station: Students will learn about the importance of microbes in our daily lives and identify live specimens.
  • Water Station: Students will learn about the water cycle and how water erodes land overtime.
  • Critical Zone Station: Students will create their own critical zone in a cup exploring the layers of the earth that support life.

Program Details

Audience: 3rd - 6th grade

Group Size: 10 - 30 students

Offered: Spring Semester Wednesday and Friday

Start Time: 9:15am

Duration: 2 hours


  • Students: $50 for up to 10 students; additional students are $5 each
  • Teachers: Free
  • Chaperones: Up to 5 free chaperones; Additional chaperones $5.00 each
  • Discounted rate available for Title I Schools

We welcome homeschool groups! 1 lead parent/teacher and 5 chaperones per group is free. Additional adults will be charged for admission beyond the 5 for the workshop. Please Note: Due to room capacity in the Discovery Labs, your chaperones will be limited to only 5 in the room at a time.

Optional Add-Ons

Science Center Exhibits:
$2.00 per person

Planetarium Show:
$3.00 per person


For more information about scheduling programs, please contact:
Noel Hensley

More Information about workshop content and activities:
Noel Hensley

All Discovery Programs require a Request Form Submission; Please note that this is a request form only. Confirmation of your Discovery Workshop request is dependent on availability. Due to the high volume of discovery requests, it can take up to 2 weeks to confirm your Discovery Workshop.