Driving home from a fun weekend vacation, the Science Kids were getting very squirmy in the backseat. My solution...a quick hike and exploration of roadside geology!
Ages: All ages of Kid Scientists
Materials: The beauty of roadside geology is that you don't really need any materials. If you're not sure what geology you're seeing, there is a great series of books called Roadside Geology and they are specific to your state. The books list major roadways and detail the geologic formations visible from the road.
* We stopped at a viewpoint with a huge public art installation called Grandfather Cuts Loose the Ponies
A quick hike, a little exercise for their brains too, and we were back on the road...with new rock samples for our kitchen collection.
Where can you stop with your kids for a roadside geology exploration?