About Us


About Us

The Earth Science Museum (ESM) is a non-profit organization that was founded in July 2011 by members of various Earth science, lapidary, and prospecting clubs that met at the Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum. These members include several volunteers and former staff from the old museum.

We envision a community where students and the general public have curiosity about, passion for, and understanding of the underlying principles of earth sciences.

Our mission

Establish an innovative, world class destination museum in the Phoenix area dedicated to inspiring all generations about earth sciences.

Building a new museum represents a huge challenge, especially given the current uncertain economic conditions. It will require a tremendous commitment of time, talent, and resources.


Development Plan

We envision building the Earth Science Museum (ESM) in three distinct phases. This approach balances addressing immediate educational needs, generating community support, and constructing physical facilities. Development in each phase will be guided by visitor experiences where feedback will be continuously collected and applied to refine exhibits and programs.

Phase 1: This phase focuses on outreach and on-line programs to provide students and teachers key resources for Earth science education. Through teacher kits, classroom instruction delivered by trained volunteers, and mobile exhibits of museum-quality minerals, the ESM will provide students the opportunity to view authentic objects with proper interpretive programming.


Phase 2: The second phase involves a transition to an initial physical facility. The mini-museum will include the essential elements for conducting and sustaining on-site educational programs:

  • Mineral galleries
  • Classroom
  • Area for previewing future exhibits
  • Gift shop


Phase 3: The third phase encompasses the construction of the full-featured physical facilities of the museum. Exhibits and educational programs will be extended to cover the major fields of Earth science - atmospheric sciences, geology, geochemistry, geophysics, glaciology, oceanography, paleontology, physical geography, soil science, and sustainability. To enhance visitor experiences, amenities, such as food service, a theater/auditorium, library, and meeting areas, will also be provided.


Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees is working on pulling together the key assets and skills for the museum project. They can use help in many areas. Please contact them if you are interested in sharing your energy, experience, and expertise to help "Rediscover the Mineral Treasure!".

•             Shirley Coté - Secretary/Assistant Treasurer

•             Doug Duffy - Statutory Agent

•             Robin Evans - Treasurer

•             Ray Grant - Chair of Science Advisory Committee

•             Bob Holmes

•             Harvey Jong - President

•             Alice LaBonte - Board Member at Large

•             Tony Occhiuzzi

•             Tom Parks

•             Chris Whitney-Smith - Board Member at Large

•             Jayne Wright - Vice President of Membership

•             Mardy Zimmermann - Vice President of Education & Outreach Coordinator