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Geokids Program

Geokids Program

What could be better than a morning of constructing fossils, soil painting and the lava game? Second grade students from local public schools come on a field trip to explore and experience these fun and engaging activities at Stanford. They are introduced to the "work of a geologist" with hands-on educational activities, focusing on minerals, rocks, fossils and soil.  The mid-morning break is a fun running game we call the erupting volcano.

Each student gets an official Geology Field Book (7.7 Mb pdf) to record their observations, just like real geologists. The activities are led by graduate and undergraduate students, who eagerly volunteer to express their love of geology. Both young and old enjoy this fun and rewarding experience.

Geokids in 2018-19

The application is closed! It was due Monday September 10, 2018. We do not accept late applications.

Geokids is offered on Thursdays in the Fall and Spring. The program begins at 9:15 am and runs until 11:30 am. Schools with 3 classes will be scheduled on one day. Schools with 4 classes will be divided and most likely partnered with another school. We can only work with so many students, so itt is important that you provide the best estimate of how many students you will have. Students can only come once - we know this is a challenge with mixed grade classes. 

  1. Applications are open only to second grade classrooms from the local area - Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Woodside, Portola Valley, Redwood City, East Palo Alto, Mountain View and Los Altos. Each school can only bring up to 4 classes.

  2. A random lottery will be used when processing applications.
  3. Applications are closed.  They were due on Monday September 10, 2018.
  4. Read the Frequently Asked Questions section so that you know what you are signing up for. 
  5. We will begin processing applications after the due date and will let you know via email by the end of September on your school's status. We will be contacting schools who prefer to come in October as soon as possible. We have put together lending kits to do Geokids activities in your classroom if you are not selected. These were designed to take the activities that we offer in Geokids on campus into the classroom. We hope that teachers who are not selected in the lottery will take advantage of these kits.
  6. We serve about 1,000 students each academic year. We believe that every young person can benefit from participating yet we are limited in our capacity.

Download Handbook for Lending Kits

Please check the Frequently Asked Questions section.

For more information about Geokids, please email us at:

The teaching assistant for Geokids for 2018-19 is Kyle Lin. Geokids Director is Jennifer Saltzman, Director of Outreach Education