CHEYENNE – Cereal at the breakfast table, the toothpaste used to clean teeth, the roof over our head – geology connects to many of the items used in everyday life, past and present.

Learn of the many ways geology is reflected in our lives Oct. 19 at “Wyoming ROCKS: Geology in Everyday Life – Today and in the Past.” The Wyoming State Geological Survey (WSGS) and University of Wyoming Geological Museum host the annual free event in celebration of Earth Science Week (Oct. 13-19), an international event that recognizes earth sciences such as geology and paleontology.

The goal of Wyoming ROCKS is to help the public gain a better understanding and appreciation for earth sciences.

“Earth Science Week is a highlight of every fall,” said Erin Campbell, Wyoming State Geologist and director of the WSGS, in a news release. “It is always inspiring and heartwarming to see the innate interest most kids have for geology, and science in general, at this event.”

This year’s event also includes partnerships with the Office of the Wyoming State Archaeologist and UW Harry C. Vaughan Planetarium.

Activities include painting rock art using real manos and metates to grind up red ochre from a prehistoric Wyoming ochre mine to make into paint. Attendees will also learn about the many minerals in households by matching them with the items they are in. There will also be a virtual field trip, scavenger hunt and free shows in the planetarium at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 19 at the University of Wyoming Geological Museum, 200 N. Ninth St. in Laramie. For more information, visit, or email event organizer Laura Vietti at

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