Pat Nurre

Welcome to Geology on!

How to Use This Course’s Geology lessons taught by Patrick Nurre from a young earth perspective are taught in two units. Each class has a slide show narrated by Mr. Nurre to help the student understand what is being taught in that particular class; each class also has a worksheet for the student to fill out.

Unit 1: Rocks and Minerals begins with a study of the Creation and builds to include rock-forming minerals, identifying rocks by their minerals, types of rocks, and minerals and their families. It ends with a comprehensive exam (answer key provided). The worksheets do not have an answer key, but all answers are in the slide show that is presented.

Unit 2: The Geology of Our National Parks begins with a study of Yellowstone National Park, the first National Park that was established in the United States. Mr. Nurre helps students to see the connection between the Genesis account of Creation and the evidence that is found in Yellowstone National Park that supports the Biblical view. He moves on, in future lessons, to cover more than a dozen additional parks. Each class includes a worksheet, the answers to which are found in the slideshow that has been presented. This unit also ends with a comprehensive exam, which includes an answer key.

Geology Units 1 and 2 are independent of each other, but the lessons in each unit should be followed in the order they are presented. Transcript information for the classes is given in detail on the Course Details tab: however, either 16-week unit can result in the equivalency of one full semester of Earth Science by following the transcript instructions given.

Course Details

Course Introduction

Welcome to Geology – Rocks and Minerals! 

I am Patrick Nurre, and I will be your teacher on this wonderful trip. For those of you who love rocks and minerals, this class is a natural link to an amazing world. We will be studying rocks from a young-earth perspective, which means that I believe what the Bible has to say about earth history and a global flood that all took place in the last 6000 years.

Most lessons will consist of a short AV presentation, followed by a worksheet.

Although I would recommend having rock and mineral samples to get the most out of this study, it is not necessary. If you are able to supply them, you would need a kit of the basic rock types and a kit of the rock-forming minerals. If you would like to order these from me, please contact me at If you already have part of the rocks and rock-forming minerals, I can create a special kit just for you to fill in the ones that are missing. Please call for pricing for these fill-in kits that I can make for you.

This first class will last 16 weeks. So let’s get going!

Welcome to The Geology of Our National Parks!

Our family has had wonderful times in the summer visiting many of our nation’s national parks. These lessons are the second course section for the Geology course at I will be exploring the geology of these parks and how the geology ties into the days of Noah—when, in his 600th year, on the seventeenth day of the second month, the fountains of the great deep opened (Genesis 7:11). Our national parks—as do many of the unique landforms of the world—preserve much of the evidence of this singular event.

So buckle up, and let’s have some fun looking at these national treasures. Be sure to let me know questions you might have as a result of your visits to these parks—I can be reached at We’ll be starting with my all-time favorite, Yellowstone National Park.

And a bit of shameless self-promotion: If you haven’t had a chance to look at the information on the trip we take to Yellowstone every August, be sure to visit our website at We would love to have you join us!

If you are interested in pursuing more study on some of our national parks, check out our kits that cover some of the national parks and topics that I talked about in this study, including:

  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Mt. Rainer National Park and Mt. St. Helens National Monument
  • Volcanoes and Volcanic Rocks of the Cascades
  • Geologic Evidence for the Genesis Flood – The Geology of the Colorado Plateau

Thanks, and I hope you enjoy the study!

Patrick Nurre


Geology: Rocks and Minerals

Weekly audio slideshow and downloadable worksheet, final exam included

The Geography of Our National Parks

Weekly audio slideshow and downloadable worksheet, final exam included


Both classes include sixteen weekly lessons each


Elementary-high school

Course Outline

Rocks and Minerals

  • Lesson 1: In the Beginning
  • Lesson 2: The Rock-Forming Minerals
  • Lesson 3: The Darker Rock-Forming Minerals
  • Lesson 4: Identifying the Rocks by Their Minerals
  • Lesson 5: Identifying the Darker Rocks by Their Minerals
  • Lesson 6: Identifying the Intermediate Rocks by Their Minerals
  • Lesson 7: Volcanic Rocks
  • Lesson 8: Volcanic Rocks – Part 2
  • Lesson 9: Volcanic Rocks – Part 3
  • Lesson 10: Intermediate Volcanic Rocks
  • Lesson 11: Clastic Sedimentary Rock
  • Lesson 12: Chemical and Biochemical Sedimentary Rocks
  • Lesson 13: The Metamorphic Rocks
  • Lesson 14: Nonfoliated Metamorphic Rocks
  • Lesson 15: Minerals
  • Lesson 16: Mineral Families and Comprehensive Exam

The Geology of Our National Parks

  • Lesson 1: Yellowstone – Part 1
  • Lesson 2: Yellowstone – Part 2
  • Lesson 3: Grand Canyon – Part 1
  • Lesson 4: Grand Canyon – Part 2
  • Lesson 5: Mount Rainier
  • Lesson 6: Mount Lassen Volcanic National Park
  • Lesson 7: Petrified Forest
  • Lesson 8: Carlsbad Caverns
  • Lesson 9: Fossil Butte
  • Lesson 10: Grand Teton
  • Lesson 11: Glacier National
  • Lesson 12: Yosemite
  • Lesson 13: Hawaii Volcanoes
  • Lesson 14: Utah National Parks
  • Lesson 15: Badlands and Theodore Roosevelt
  • Lesson 16: Saguaro National Park and Comprehensive Exam

Transcript Information

Geology: Rocks and Minerals

To receive the credit equivalency of one full semester of Earth Science, you will need to complete the four requirements listed below for this course. Also, be sure to keep track of time spent listening to each week’s assignments, the time invested in studying for the final comprehensive test, and time invested in the final project assignment.


  1. Complete all online listening lessons
  2. Complete all worksheets
  3. Complete the final comprehensive test
  4. Complete the final three projects

Exploring the Basic Geology of Our Natural Parks 

To receive the credit equivalency of one full semester of Earth Science, you will need to complete the requirements listed below for this course section. Also, be sure to keep track of time spent listening to each week’s assignments, the time invested in studying for the final test, and time invested in the final project assignment.


  1. Complete all online listening lessons
  2. Complete all worksheets
  3. Write a 500-word paper on one of the national parks and include the following:
    • The history of the park
    • A brief overview of the park
    • The predominant rocks of that park
    • Be sure to cite all resources. Use at least two resources, only one of which is the Internet.
  4. Complete the final test that will come at the end of the 16 weeks of this course section.

Additional note: a rock kit is not needed for this class. But if your student would like a rock kit that features samples from various national parks, give us a call at (425) 488-6848 for pricing about these kits.

*Please be informed of your state’s academic requirements.

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Pat Nurre1Patrick Nurre was in the second grade when he discovered his first big find—a large dinosaur bone in the alley behind his house! That was the beginning of a lifelong love with geology and earth science. He is a popular speaker at homeschool and church conventions on geology, the Flood, and creation/evolution. He teaches numerous private and homeschool classes in the Seattle, Washington area, in addition to leading field trips to Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainier, and annual family trips to Yellowstone National Park. 

Patrick is the owner and vision behind Northwest Treasures, a business devoted to high quality geology curricula and kits and samples, from a young earth perspective. He believes that a well-founded faith needs to be solid in this vital area of science. His classes are taught from a young earth view. 

Patrick and his wife, Vicki, live in the Bothell, Washington area. For additional resources in geology, see his web site at

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