Mines News

Release Date Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Museum of Geology Invites Public to Rock & Fossil ID Day

Members of the public are invited to bring their backyard fossil or rock finds to the South Dakota Mines Museum of Geology on Saturday, March 5th, for the annual Rock and Fossil ID Day.

The free event will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the museum, third floor of the O’Harra Building on the Mines campus. Paleontology staff and trained students with the university Paleo Club will identify specimens and be available to answer questions.

Quartz is the most common mineral brought for evaluation, according to museum staff, who emphasize the importance of knowing rules regarding removal of rocks and fossils from public lands. Additionally, museum faculty, staff and students are not able to appraise or assess the monetary value of any items.

The Museum of Geology offers exhibits focusing on paleontology and mineralogy. For additional information visit the museum’s Facebook page here.

Click for a map of the South Dakota Mines campus. Please also note, construction on the front stairs of the O'Harra Building is underway. All visitors can enter through the rear of the O'Harra Building or the ADA access ramp at the front.


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Contact: Mike Ray, 605-394-6082, mike.ray@sdsmt.edu