Geologic Times Corporation

GTC Rock Shop &
GTC Science education center

GTC Mission Statement:
"To proudly provide fun & educational programs, products, and experiences all with the goal of inspiring "kids of all ages" to explore and learn more about the sciences."

Geologic Times corporation
D.B.A. GTC Rock Shop & Science education center

Geologic Times Corporation and its D.B.A. of GTC Rock Shop & Science Education Center have been proudly providing fun & educational geosciences related programs, products, and experiences all with a single goal in mind: inspiring "kids of all ages" in the sciences. Every program and activity we offer involves hands-on learning experiences with educational elements specifically designed to be so engaging and entertaining that most students don't even realize they are learning things. It is our belief that one of the most successful ways to teach anything is to make it fun; the results speak for themselves!

As an educational company, the success of our efforts sadly can never be measured by dollars earned, in large part because it often costs far more to run our educational programs than we could possibly charge for them. Instead, our success is based on achieving our mission plan of inspiring “kids of all ages” in the sciences. For our entire staff, our greatest reward is knowing our hard work and efforts are making a difference, and that is something we could not be prouder of. To make our educational efforts possible, we must rely on our retail division and outside support to cover the difference between what we charge and the actual cost to run the programs activities.

NOTE: All purchases made at GTC Rock Shop help support our educational efforts and we wish to thank everyone for your support through the years. We couldn't do it without you!

The GTC Rock Shop and our GTC Science Education Center is located within the Francis Scott Key Mall, 5500 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick, MD conveniently located directly across from the Barnes and Noble. All sales help support Geologic Times Corporations science educational efforts! Thank you for your support.

Store Hours:
Mondays: Private Educational Programs Only - Closed to public
Tuesday:(Delayed opening) Open 1pm to 8pm
Wednesday - Saturday: 11:00 to 8:00pm

Sunday: 12:00 to 6:00pm
Gem & Fossil Mining Flume Hours:
Saturdays & Sundays (and some holidays) 1pm to 4pm

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GTC Science Education Center

Our Science Education Center & Classroom displays are open to tour during regular store hours (with the exception of during programs, activities, and meetings)

GTC science educational programs & activities

Why not consider one of the many unique, fun, and educational programs and activities we offer for schools, youth groups, summer camps, birthday parties, company or community picnics, fundraisers, recreation centers, zoos, festivals, fairs, etc. These programs are sure to be a rocking good time for all, that is crystal clear!

Open to the public:

Be sure to go to Eventbrite and search for "GTC Rock Shop, Frederick MD" for a listing of fun & educational programs and activities you can secure tickets for, some of which are free!

Private & Semi Private Programs:

 We run a wide range of fun and educational science programs for schools, summer camps, youth groups, birthday parties, and more! Please contact us for more information!

Gem & fossil mining

Nothing beats the pure joy of hands-on discovery! Experience the fun and excitement of mining for real gemstones, minerals, fossils, and other treasures.

Open to the public activity hours:

(Fee required - sold by the bucket)
Saturday's: From Noon to 4pm
Sunday's: from 1pm to 4pm

Gem & Fossil Mining Programs:

 A great activity to add to a private / semi private Geology or Paleontology program for summer camps, youth groups, and more! Great for birthday parties too!

Geode  cracking

There is just something special about cracking open one of these rather ordinary to flat out boring looking rocks and quickly discover the treasures hidden inside.

Open to the public activity hours:

(Fee required - sold by the geode)
Activity is open to public during store hours

Geode Cracking Programs:

 A great activity to add to a private / semi private programs for summer camps, youth groups, and more! Great for birthday parties too!