Tahlequah Rock and Mineral Society   




On Phase One we like the Igneous Rock Class, which Dana my classmate is getting ready in Snyder, OK. Then the Metamorphic Rock Class from Marble City, OK. The Sedimentary Rock Class came from a 1/2 mile west of Heritage Elementary. The sign is ready to go up. The dirt pile is ready to move and make the fossil dig area. The cherry on top of the ice cream would be able to put in an FM broad casting system. The 3 living fossils trees are in the ground. The students will keep a record on each tree. 

X Marks the Spot

Got - ur - Done

Delbert Hines from the City of Tahlequah Street Department brought the front end loader over and   moved the rocks  to their home spot. Math, English, and Reading will be part of the program.

 Identification of the fossils will work in tangent with each other.


Cleaning the Study Rock

Thanks to Steve Meints, of Natural Delights Rock Shop, for loaning us his power washer to clean the clay and debris off the rock. Sally Brasel helps us in removing the scratches that incurred during the moving of the rock. The next step will be to build a walkway to it.


Modern Trees and Plants Related to Prehistoric Spices, Also Plants that will Attach Hummers and Butterflies.

This is an on going project. The next phase will be to have the three classes of minerals on display. A place where students can hunt minerals and fossils. Then have a study sheet to incorporate Math, Science, and English.

Heritage Elementary Students

Visits "The Fossil Study Rock"

At last years end of school the students of Heritage Elementary toured "The Fossil Study Rock". I found out one thing, Its not being smarter than a fifth grader, it is being smarter than a kindergartner. Those students asked some of the best quality questions I ever heard. This made Mrs. Davenport and all the teachers buttons about to pop off with pride. Job well done to all Heritage staff.

  • X - Marks spot
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  • Delbert Hines
    Delbert Hines
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X marks the spot for "The Study Site for Earth Science Courses.

 This site will enable educators to bring their students to study in real time. They can examine and identify fossils, minerals, and discover the past buried over time

Thanks to Scott Wright, of Wright Reality, who donated the rock. Thanks to Lacie Davenport, Kathy Daniels,  Mike Cody, and Randy Underwood for finding the rock a home with Tahlequah Public School System at Heritage School, also, OKIE DIG for locating all the lines.

Just think, this rock has been covered up for millions of years just waiting to be uncovered for the students of the 21st century to study.

It feels good to pass on what your peers taught you and look at the glorious earth we live on. It is also a greater feeling to see the students excited, ready to explore the past, present, and future.

Keep up with the project on Face Book and TRAMS web page.


Putting the Border

Around the Study Rock

Thanks to Carroll Germany of Green Country Gardens for the help with the weed guard. After we put the weed guard down,  we used 5/8" river gravel from D & D Hardscape.

Black Hill Institute of Geological Research gave us permission to use inserts from their information. Then I'm sending our what, where, why, how information to  them for review .  Roger Burkhart of Sam Noble Museum of Natural History has helped identify the fossils.

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Carnosaur made this foot print 200,00,000 year ago. Now we have 2 foot prints at The Fossil Study Rock with 12 ft. strides. We hope to get different types. Also we have a rock that looks like a shark tooth.
Dawn Redwood
Autumn Gikgo
Bald Cypress

The above trees are living fossils from the past.These trees lived during and before the dino age.

Left to Right: Dawn Redwood, Ginkgo and Bald Cypress. The Fossil Study Rock had the Dawn Redwood and Bald Cypress donated by Sooner Plant Farm, Manager Brian Chajnacki. Rachelle, Burl and Crystal of Parkhill Plants donated the Ginkgo. This will give us 3 living fossil trees.

Eighty Students from Heritage Elementary held a video conference with Roger Burkhart and Dr. Steve Westrop of Sam Noble Museum Natural History. Sally and Dusty gave the students classes on fossils and a video tour of SNMONH before the conference. Then the students wrote questions and forwarded them to Mr. Burkhart and Dr. Westrop. The day of the conference the students ask their questions, show them fossils for ID. Then in return question they had samples that matched their questions.
The Wollemi Pine was discoved in 1994 north of Sidney and thought to be gone. These are one of the rarest trees in the world. Also Burl of Parkhill Plants and Sooner Plant Farm will help in raising a Wollemi Pine tree from seed when they are available.

Outdoor Class Room Closer

Thanks to Chief Bill Baker and the Cherokee Nation for the metal off the Out Post Convenience store roof. Tahlequah Public Works Authority has said in principal they would donated the electric poles for the super structure. There is possible grants. We would like to have it at Heritage Elementary to go with "The Fossil Study Rock" and "The Living Fossil Trees", BUT!

Principal Lacie  Davenport of Heritage Elementary accepts Celestron Handheld Microscope. TRAMS member Sally Brasel and Dusty Rhoads made the presentation. Mrs. Drake and Mrs. Lamen of Cherokee Elementary accepts Digital Microscope. Also Grand View Elementary recieved the above.

Earthquake Information

and Simulated Projects      

Shake & Quakes K-12 Outreach Activities in Earthquake Engineering



Bridges to Classroom



Beat the Earthquake



 Forces of Nature -- National Geographic

Learn how tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes and volcanoes work. ...
 Haiti and ... Winner – 2010 Applied Arts Interactive Awards (Gaming)
Make a Quake Simulation - Cosmeo

Pangaea Videos - Continental Drift



Trilobite from Black Cat Mountain - Clarita, Oklahoma

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