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Explore | Exhibit

Earth Moves

Experience the four-billion-year-old story of how mountains rise, rocks turn to sand, and water reshapes the planet. Explore a cave formation made from sandstone, change the flow of a 20-foot waterfall, and experiment with sand, stones, and rolling water. Learn how natural forces form, destroy, and reform rock in a constant process we call the rock cycle. See how people play a big role in changing landscapes, too, as you use machines to mine, move, and mold earth materials.

Located near Catch the Wind, Earth Moves is a one-of-a-kind place to discover geoscience, designed for visitors of all ages and abilities to enjoy.

Earth Moves was funded by generous donors to our Climbing Higher campaign.
A boy hangs on the side of a large slab of stone in a cave.

Sandstone Cave

Explore our sandstone cave formation. Weave in and out of tunnels, try some low bouldering, or just take a break and enjoy the cool shade!
A girl stands under a waterfall and is completely soaked.

Waterfall and Erosion Stream

Splash underneath a 20-foot waterfall and control how it flows. As the water plunges into the stream and moves through fractured rock, change its direction. Experiment with dams and erosion as the water carves a path through the sandy shore.
An adult and a girl are building together with rocks and laughing.

Stone Yard

Look at natural versus machined rock as you try your hand at building and stacking. What makes some rocks easer to stack than others? Watch gravity and friction in action.

Earth Matters

How do you share an experience about geoscience outdoors at a museum? And what will people do there? These are two of the questions we asked ourselves while creating Earth Moves. We learned from local researchers, visited area quarries and worked to understand earth science that we can see: the movement of sand, soil, and rock across our landscape by wind and water. People have a big impact on the Earth’s landscape, too. In fact, we moved a lot of earth when we made Earth Moves!

A boy digs through a pile of stones with an orange shovel, while another boy laughs behind him.

Good to Know Before You Go

Coming with kids?

Bring a change of clothes. We’re not kidding—there’s a waterfall in here, so many visitors may get soaked. Mud and sand is present throughout Earth Moves, so we recommend bringing a change of clothes, just in case. There’s also a foot-washing station in the space for rinsing off sandy toes and a private changing area if things get really messy!

It’s probably going to be hot!

When temperatures are high, rocks can get hot, so use care when visiting midday. We also have lots of ways for you to keep cool: shady spots, misters, rolling water, and the waterfall.

Keep an eye on your children as they explore.

Earth Moves is designed to be safe for all visitors. But as with all nature learning and discovery, bumps and scratches may happen.

It’s ok to keep little souvenirs.

Just like at the Dino Dig, small rocks can go home in pockets for further study.

A boy does a flip across a large field of sand.