Climbing Higher Campaign | Earth Moves 2016

  Dig. Blast. Build.
Earth Moves

This new one-acre learning environment will draw from all major branches of Earth systems science (including geology, topography, hydrology, geomorphology, seismology, atmospheric science, climate science and more), and inspire visitors to think across scientific disciplines as they observe and explore.

Into the Earth

Earth Moves will use real earth and rock in designing and grading the site to give a sense of massive rock formations, and open an underground passage for visitors to explore.

Digger Pit

At the Digger Pit visitors will be able to feel the power of earthmoving machines. They will have the opportunity to take control of authentic construction machinery to lift, carry, drop, push or pull material in a pit. Actual excavators, which will be modified to allow for safe operation by families and children, will be available so visitors can experience the physics of moving massive amounts of earth with simple machines.

Earthquake PlatformKids balancing

The Earthquake Platform challenges visitors to build structures that can survive simulated seismic activity. Foam blocks will be available to create “buildings” on a platform where visitors can trigger the platform to move. Visitors will also be able to stand on the platform to safely simulate what a tremor might feel like while controlling the intensity and degree of magnitude.

Sand Pile

Visitors will take part in how earth moves by climbing a giant sand pile, or shoveling sand on to a conveyor to add to the height of the pile. Children will be able to climb, move or roll down a 15-foot-tall sand dune. Visitors can understand angle of repose – an engineering concept of how high materials can be piled depending upon their physical characteristics and gravity – as well as observe the pile changing over time.


Firehose blast

Blast Erosion

How do high-pressure streams of water change the face of earth and rock? At this exhibit, visitors will direct a high-pressure hose of water at a formation of earth and rock to alter its shape and structure, creating mini-landslides.

Erosion Table

What does it take to influence erosion on a large scale? At the Erosion Table, visitors will have the opportunity to explore erosion via a multi-level stream table. By incorporating earth and rocks, groups of visitors can alter the flow of water over their creations, competing or cooperating in experiments with flow and movement.


A free-standing waterfall will showcase the physical properties of water and provide insight into how groundwater flows into an aquifer. In addition to learning about water’s movement and force, the waterfall will be the perfect place for visitors to cool off during hot summers.

Sand Carving

Hoodoos, like those found in Bryce Canyon, are some of the most intriguing landforms known to man. These natural structures inspire the shapes of our Sand Carving exhibit. In this area, we will encourage children to use real tools to chip away and erode large mounds of earth to simulate how the planet changes over time.

Bouldering Hill

This sloping hill with boulders will accommodate talks and educational programs (hosted by geologists, environmental engineers, local scientists and others) regarding Earth sciences and systems.


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