The Education Experience

Learning has never been easier at the Earth Wide Open Show.
In fact there are many things that make this fun for both adults and children.



High quality educational exhibits are essential to the Show’s mission. The Memphis Archaeological & Geological Society takes great pride in the relationships we have established over the last 60 years that enable these exhibits to come to our Show.


There will be multiple demonstrations to spark your interest.  Most demonstrations are performed by members of the Memphis Archaeological & Geological Society who have extensive experience in their respective craft.


Caution- It's a ROCKZONE!
Kids are having fun in the RockZone, and yours will too! They will find minerals from around the midsouth and around the world in just minutes....

List of Exhibitors

  •  The Mining Cycle

Exhibited by Memphis Stone & Gravel Company

A five part “Mining Cycle” brings our natural resources from initial discovery to the market place and returns the land for other productive use. These five parts include: exploration, planning, mining, processing, and reclamation. Construction aggregate is a high weight, high volume commodity, which trades at a relatively low unit cost. Proximity to market and efficient management is critical due to the high transportation costs. According to US Geological Survey estimates, per capita consumption of aggregate exceeds ten tons per year. It is projected that we will require as much aggregate in the next twenty-five years as we have used the previous century. Memphis Stone and Gravel Company is well positioned to meet this demand, but aggregate availability will be challenged by competing land uses, regulatory approvals, and the geological characteristics in the area. Often aggregate mining is faced with community opposition with concerns about environmental impacts, effects on property values, and increased traffic. But given the opportunity Memphis Stone and Gravel Company can demonstrate that the modern mining cycle does not require a community to accept aggregate development at the expense environmental protection and quality of life.


  • Frank Theobald Collection

Exhibited by the Memphis Archaeological & Geological Society

An extensive and old collection of minerals and fossils purchased by MAGS.  Many cabinet size specimens highlight several specimens from closed mines from around the country.

  • North Mississippi Gem & Mineral Society

  • Central Arkansas Gem, Mineral, and Geological Society

  • Flint Knapping (arrowhead making) and Native American Pottery

  • Fluorescent Mineral Display, by the Memphis Archaeological & Geological Society

  • Rock Food Table, presented by MAGS

  • Sphere Making

Expected back this year will include a great assortment of earth science exhibits provided by local colleges and government agencies:

  • Delta State University- Looper Collection

  • University of Mississippi Geology Department

  • C.H. Nash Museum Chucalissa



Demonstrations are designed to give you the opportunity to chat and learn about the hobby.

Typical demonstrations include:
•    Flint knapping
•    Lapidary cutting and polishing
•    Wire wrapping
•    Beading
•    Fluorescent minerals


List of Demonstrations

1.  Wire Wrapping and Beading

Demonstrated by Mildred S Schiff 

2.  Fluorescent Qualities of Minerals
Demonstrated by Mike Baldwin

Did you know that there are many ways that some minerals can emit light? Fluorescent minerals are those that emit visible light when activated by invisible ultraviolet light (UV), X-rays and/or electron beams. While this may sound confusing it is easily understood in this demonstration by Mike Baldwin.

3.  Flint Knapping & Indian Pottery

Demonstrated by Richard Gunter 

Richard uses the same techniques Native Americans used to create a variety of flint arrowheads and implements.

4.  Sphere Making

 Demonstrated by Charles Hill

5.  Jewelry Making

Demonstrated by Reyna of Happy Earth Crystals



Dig in!

Kids are a big part of the Show and the RockZone is their special area. It's a place where the whole family can have a little fun and learn about rocks and fossils (and earthscience too). This year we are pleased to announce that Memphis Stone and Gravel Company will again be the exclusive sponsor of our RockZone and it will fill over 7000 square feet of fun stuff, exhibits, and demonstrations!  We have many exciting programs and activities this year including: 

  • Rocks Around the Clock - where you can spin the wheel and win every time

  • Geode Bowling - use a real geode to bowl

  • Mineral & Fossil Discovery - displays from field trips, educational posters and more

  • Touch Me Table - yes, you can touch everything on this table. 

  • The always popular Gem & Fossil Dig, where you dig for gems, fossils, crystals and more 

  • Pebble Toss

  • Dinosaur Photo Op - take your picture with the dinosaurs

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