Indigenous Programs


Focusing on excellence in Indigenous education and outreach with a commitment to providing exceptional learning experiences and community partnerships.

● Mining Rocks Earth Science Programs
● Teacher Workshops
● Outreach

School Programs

School Programs

Supporting teachers through professional development workshops and hands-on resources.

● Students
● Teachers

Outreach Programs

Public Outreach

Raising awareness through interactive activities at events across Canada.

● Where we've been

● Rock and Mineral Clubs / Shows



Engaging industry to support our mandate since 1994.

● Events
● Newsletter

News and Publications

2022 Annual Newsletter


The 2022 Annual Industry Newsletter is now available for download. Click here for more information

groundWORK 2022-2023

Our latest educators' newsletter is now available! Click here to learn about critical minerals, new workshops and resources, virtual fieldtrip ideas, an evaporite experiment, and more!
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Online Learning

We’ve compiled a series of DIY activities for kids about Earth science, the minerals industry and its importance to society. We like to think of our DIY activities as GEMS, because they explore
Geology, Engineering, Mining and Sustainability.

So grab your hard hat and get ready to dig into a mine load of fun!


Spanish Activity Book

Cover - Spanish Activity

The Mining Matters Activity book is now available in SPANISH!

Click here for more information.

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Activities and Announcements

Mineral Resources and Mining Education Tours


Mining Matters and the Canadian Ecology Centre invite you to participate in the 2022 Mineral Resources and Mining Education Tours. These tours are open to educators at the elementary and secondary level, post secondary and other educational institutions and individuals from companies/organizations and/or communities with links to mining and mineral resources.

Tour Dates:
Life in a Mining Camp Tour: August 14-16
Foundations and Mine Life Cycle Tour: August 21-24


WHERE Challenge Mini

Much like our annual WHERE Challenge, WHERE Challenge Mini is designed to inspire youth to discover the non-renewable resources that are used to make the items we use every day.

Each individual contest is a condensed version of the larger WHERE Challenge for those who are unable to enter the main contest.

Visit to learn more.
General Contest Promo 

COVID-19 Updates

Our in-person programs are temporarily suspended. However, we remain committed to furthering our mission. Our staff are working vigorously to develop online activities and workshops that can be enjoyed from home. Our adapted approaches to program delivery will provide access to information about Earth science and the minerals industry in safe, fun and interactive ways. 

GEMS DIY Activities

We've posted GEMS (Geology, Engineering, Mining, Sustainability) DIY activities on our website. You can perform rock story drama, build an underground mine model, design a conveyor belt, create a soil profile or play crushed stone, sand and gravel bingo. There are over 25 activities to explore.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to stay up to date.

Virtual Student Workshops

Our virtual workshops provide students with synchronous learning opportunities that are engaging and interactive! Students learn about the tools, equipment and personal protective equipment used by geoscientists in the field, determine the differences between rocks and minerals, explore the rock cycle, see our collection of mineral samples, discover the wealth of minerals and metals found in their province and participate in a scavenger hunt to make the connection between mineral resources and the things they use every day.

[email protected] Learning Kits 

Box-preview_B [email protected] learning kits are available for remote communities. Kits include materials, supplies and prerecorded instructions to continue engagement with our partners who may lack theconnectivity required to participate online. We ship these to community leaders who will distribute the kits to youth in their community.  

Resource Kits for Camps and Youth Groups

We develop customized GEMS Resource Kits for communities where Mining Matters staff would typically travel and deliver a hands-on Mining Rocks Earth Science Program. At least 15 activities including materials, supplies and prerecorded instructions are included in each kit, which can be tailored to the number of youth that will participate. We will ship your kit to your community and provide training for delivering the contents of the kit.