Fossil identification is the topic for a live-stream Facebook event Saturday, March 31 from this Haviland gem of a science resource center.
The Heart of America Science Resource Center is gearing up for a series of spring and summer events. One of the first events the center is planning is a live Facebook Streaming Event, 2-3 p.m. Sunday, March 31, 2019. Steven King, Heart of America board member and Barclay College science professor, will be presenting Fossil Identification. There will also be a time for questions and answers immediately following the presentation. King, a biblical creationist, has his masters degree in vertebrate paleontology. The Heart of America Science Resource Center invites people to watch from their own living rooms right on Facebook, on the Heart of America Facebook page.
The Heart of America Science Resource Center, birth child of Jerry Simmons (better known as Doc Rock), provides biblically-based science education through teaching, hands-on activities and experiences in nature. It is a working museum for individuals, families, or groups to come explore and experience true science in the classroom, in the laboratory, and in the field. All activities are led by experienced, knowledgeable college professors and science educators. The center also has a resource library, teacher education and provides networking opportunities among creation science organizations nationwide.
Doc Rock, curator of the Heart of America Science Museum, along with his wife, Linda, will have an exhibit booth at the TPA Homeschool Convention in Wichita Friday-Saturday, April 12-13. This year they will be bringing some of the lapidary equipment from the Center.
“This lapidary equipment will allow those in attendance to shape and polish a piece of marble in about 30 minutes,” Doc Rock said.
The cost is only $5 per person which includes instruction and materials. This activity is also available at the center upon request to cut and polish a variety of rocks in which the beauty of God’s design can be seen.
Heart of America is scheduling a two-day field excursion to southern Kansas and northern Oklahoma Friday-Saturday, April 26-27. Participants will meet at 10 a.m. Friday morning at Bill and Janet’s Nature Museum, 301 East Central, Hardtner, Kansas. The museum is located in an old school building on the south side of the main street coming into town from the north and east. In addition to introducing the group to the museum’s beautiful collections of insects butterflies, and other wildlife, Doc Rock will give a presentation on the mineral selenite and where it is found. From the museum, the group will head to Cherokee, Oklahoma and the selenite dig site in the Great Salt Plains State Park. Participants will spend the rest of Friday and all day Saturday there. Doc Rock will talk about crystal formation and the geology of the area that allows crystal growth to continue year after year. The group will have opportunities to dig for selenite crystals until they are happy and loaded with crystals.
“The Great Salt Plains is like a big sandbox,” Linda Simmons said. “Once you dig down 8-10 inches, you can scoop out the water and find selenite crystals in the sand walls. Typically they are single blades, but some people find crystal clusters.”
The Heart of America Science Museum will be open this summer beginning Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and continuing every Saturday through the month of September. It is also open by appointment on other days of the week or time of year by calling 620-862-5654 or 620-518-3167. Visitors can look forward to seeing displays on a wide variety of science topics, including quite a few new displays. Volunteers have made much progress on Phase 2 construction over the last year, including the Mitchem Conference Room and the Haviland Heritage Museum which will be open for tours on Saturdays as well.
The annual Heart of America Creation Science Day Camp will be held this year June 17-19, Monday-Wednesday, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., with lots of engaging topics and activities that relate science to the biblical accounts of creation and Noah’s Flood.
“This is one of the most popular events at the center it fills up very quickly,” Linda said.
The Phase 2 area of the center will eventually include an Ice Age Room, a gift shop, break room, main entry (east), and storage areas.
“We’re a little over halfway through Phase 2,” Doc Rock said. “Now that we have finished our conference room, we are concentrating on finishing our Ice Age Room and hope to have ice age murals on several of the walls in place by late summer.”
The “Cold Zone Room,” as Doc Rock calls it, will depict an ice age scene with ice age artifacts on display, eventually including a full-size replica of a mastodon skeleton.
The only thing holding back the center from being completed, is the need for donations,” Linda said. “We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) ministry that qualifies for tax deduction purposes. As we receive more donations, we will be able to continue on to the completion of the Center.”