Rock of Ages Visitors Center

Quarry at Rock of AgesHands on sandblasting at Rock of Ages
At Rock of Ages, students can tour the 600-foot-deep Smith Granite Quarry, believed to be the largest in the world. Science-fiction fans will be excited to know that a scene from the 2009 Star Trek was filmed at the quarry. At our hands-on sandblasting activity, groups can learn how to cut designs into stone and even create souvenirs to take home. A guided tour of the factory will show artisans at work using techniques and hand tools barely changed since the days of Michelangelo, as well as contemporary computer-guided equipment. If students are in the mood for a fun-filled game, we offer the world’s only outdoor granite bowling lane. After the visit, your group can explore the nearby hiking trails at Millstone Hill or view the unusual memorials at Hope Cemetery. 
 
Contact Info:
Address: 558 Graniteville Road, Graniteville, VT 05654. Washington County. Central Vermont. Tel: 802-476-3119. Email: visitor@rockofages.com. Website: www.rockofages.com. Hrs: Vary per activity.
 
Trip Info: 
Grade Level: 3rd-12th. Program Type: Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 3 hours. Cost: Contact us for details.   
 
SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Science.
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Science. 

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Caves and Mines Lesson Plan

In history, caves have been used as shelter, as canvases for cave paintings, for rituals, and for food and weapons storage. In addition to historical relevance, caves also have features like crystals, pools of water, stalagmites, and stalactites. Students observe the unique geological features of caves and learn how minerals are unearthed and mined. ... Continue