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Georgia Rock* Fest at Fernbank Science Center

This event is a production of Fernbank Science Center and is free and open to the public. Details can be found on their website or by calling [masked]-7102.

Visitors who RSVP here will be entered in a drawing for a free copy of Roadside Geology of Georgia.

Remember, this event is at Fernbank Science Center, not to be confused with Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

Georgia Rock* Fest at Fernbank Science Center

You are invited to Georgia Rock* Fest, celebrating Georgia’s rocks, minerals, fossils, and geologic wonders and to join the party in honor of the release of Roadside Geology of Georgia, the first book on Georgia’s geology written for a general audience by geologists. Also, you'll have the chance to meet co-authors Dr. Pamela Gore of Georgia Perimeter College and Dr. Bill Witherspoon of Fernbank Science Center.

Here's some of the things you will be able do at Rock* Fest:

  • see new Georgia mineral and fossil displays, along with meteorite and other mineral displays
  • get your local rock or mineral identified
  • find out from Georgia Mineral Society how to join others with a passion for rocks, minerals, and fossils
  • hear the stories behind Georgia’s rocks and landscapes in a book talk on Roadside Geology of Georgia
  • learn about careers in the Earth Sciences from Atlanta Geological Society
  • take-home science resources from the giveaway table for teachers
  • watch fly-throughs of Georgia’s natural attractions

Volunteers from the Atlanta Geological Society, Cobb County Gem and Mineral Society, and Georgia Mineral Society will be on hand with exhibits and information.


  • 4:30pm: Rock ID clinic
  • 6:30pm: Book talk by the co-authors of Roadside Geology of Georgia
  • 8:00pm: Planetarium show on the new full-dome projection system
  • 9:00pm: Star-gazing using the 36-inch telescope in the Ralph Buice Observatory

About Roadside Geology of Georgia

If you've tubed the Chattahoochee in Helen, left tracks in the sand on Tybee Island, or glided up the Summit Skyride at Stone Mountain, you've had a rock adventure. Roadside Geology of Georgia lets you spice up those adventures with a little science by understanding the geology behind the Georgia landmarks you encounter whenever you go outside. You can find all those places, plus more, like Providence Canyon, Arabia Mountain, Lookout Mountain, and Tallulah Gorge in the pages of this book.

Eagle Eye Books will be on hand to sell copies of Roadside Geology of Georgia, with the proceeds benefitting the Fernbank Science Center Foundation. Co-authors Pamela Gore and Bill Witherspoon of Fernbank Science Center will be available after their talk to answer questions and sign copies of their book.

* The asterisk in Rock* Fest refers to “rocks, minerals, and fossils.”

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  • Charlice M.

    very informative event

    June 3, 2013

  • Lynne

    I was there with my family, but I didn't get a chance to talk to anyone. I wasn't sure who was part of our group but maybe next meetup. We had fun looking at the exhibit, but then we went out to dinner, came back and got tickets to the show in the planetarium. Was fun!

    May 31, 2013

    • Marc M.

      Lynne - I apologize. For large public events that we don't produce, I sometimes don't arrange a way for us to meet up and socialize. I should have said something about that in the announcement. - Marc

      May 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had an awesome time. I received some really good info and the planetarium/ observatory w awesome.

    May 31, 2013

  • Carol P.

    I really hope I can make it, I'm definitely looking forward to it!

    May 28, 2013

  • Lola B. J.

    I'm a rock hound (collector of unusual rocks).

    May 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I do not get off work till 5pm but plan to come by when I get off. I love checking out different types of stones and crystals.

    May 24, 2013

  • Jeanne "Genie" M.

    Unfortunately, we can't make this but it sounds great. Over the summer, I will have my eye on events to which I can bring my two sons -- 13 & 15.

    May 21, 2013

  • judicarter

    I definitely want to go! Sounds great!

    May 13, 2013

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