History on the Rocks


History on the Rocks is a geology field course that focuses on interpreting sedimentary rocks, the major archive of Earth history.

This course will begin and end on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus. The rest of the time will be spent camping in the field and examining world-class geologic sites exposed in eastern Nebraska, including Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park. During the time in the field you will learn to interpret sedimentary rocks, learn about the geologic history of Nebraska, develop lesson plans, and collect samples that you can use in your classroom in the upcoming year.


  • No student fees.
  • Earn one credit of graduate tuition at no cost. One or two additional credits can be added at your own expense.
  • $75 per day stipend.
  • Real experiences and authentic samples to use in your classroom.
  • One week course.

Course Information

  • Course Title: History on the Rocks
  • Course ID: GEOS 898
  • Prerequisite: Basic geology background equivalent to an introductory Earth science course.
  • Primary Audience: Science teachers who teach Earth sciences at the high school level.
  • Secondary Audience: Science teachers with an Earth sciences or similar endorsement.

Course Instructor

Dr. Tracy Frank
Department of Geosciences
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln NE 68588-0340
Phone: 402-472-9799, Fax: 402-472-4917
Dr. Frank's Geosciences page


The Teach Nebraska program can help you register for these courses. Teach Nebraska is designed to make the admission and registration process easier for Nebraska teachers.

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