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Mineral Outreach & Education – Going Strong in Arizona

For thousands of students in grades 7-12, Pam Wilkinson is the face of mineral outreach in Arizona. Between April 2009 and May 2012, Pam visited hundreds of classrooms across the state presenting Arizona minerals and discussing the state’s mining history. She’s has provided presentations and hands-on activities to more than 18,000 students and addressed dozens of adult organizations and clubs. 

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Pam begins scheduling her classroom visits over the summer. If you are interested in having her provide presentations for your students please contact her. In addition to her traveling museum of over 30 mineral and rock specimens, Pam’s repertoire – see below – includes presentations on rocks, minerals, mining, and the distribution of mineral resources in Arizona. Her newest activity spotlights the relationship between the geologic rock cycle and mineral deposits.

Examples of possible presentations include:

  • Rocks and Minerals: What do we do with them?
  • Elements, Minerals, Gems and Rocks
  • Mining in Arizona: What, Where, How and Why?
  • Rocks, Minerals, Mining and the Environment
  • Careers in the Minerals Industry
  • Chemistry and Mining
  • Environmental Impacts of Mining


You can contact Pam to discuss a visit by emailing her or by calling (602)765-3727.


Bio: Pam Wilkinson is a geologist with a background in mineral exploration. In April 2009, she began a new career as an outreach educator with the Arizona Department of Mines and Mineral Resources. From January to June 2011, Pam was an outreach specialist at the Arizona Geological Survey. In July 2011, Pam accepted a position as outreach coordinator with the Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources at The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona.

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