So I am a science nerd. I am literally the guy in high school who would run up to people and say "hey, I just learned quartz is formed from rapidly cooling magma. Isn't that awesome!" I'm actually currently working towards a high school biology degree but when I'm done with that I will continue with an earth science degree until I can teach college. Not just a dream, I WILL make it happen.
Anyway, I was wondering what sorts of tricks I can do right now to play with geology until I actually can get into the field. Like is it possible to analyze the composition of my own backyard using basic tools? I have the gusto, I literally just launched some R-candy rockets using a mix of 63% KNO3, 32% sucrose, 4% aluminium and 1% iron sulfate.
Also, is there any self employment for amateur geologist? Like if I figure out how to analyze my own yard, can I then do the same for others for a small fee? (I'm a substitute teacher now so I'm always broke).
What cool things can be done by an amateur geologist with no prior geological schooling (and very limited funding) but with a strong drive to understand the world we live in?
PS. I built a primitive forge from homemade clay bricks that I use to melt aluminum from scrap into art so is there any uses for that in amateur geology?