Mines News

Release Date Thursday, October 10, 2019

Museum of Geology Hosts Many Family Fun Activities This Fall

The Kid Zone at the SD Mines Museum of Geology is just one of many interactive learning areas at the facility. 

The Museum of Geology at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is hosting a range of free family fun activities and events this fall including: 

  • Weekly Book Readings - Every Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Kids area through Nov. 21.  There will be an activity to accompany the book each week.
  • National Fossil Day Celebration - Come and get a tour of the Paleontology Research Laboratory from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16. The event also includes a book reading and activity with coprolites at the Museum of Geology! 
  • National Earth Science Week - Museum staff will lead activities from the National Earth Science Week tool kit called Carbon Travels. This activity involves an exploration of the museum, scientific problem solving and a make-and-take, and it can be adapted for all age levels. The activity runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Saturday, Oct. 19.
  • Night at the Booseum – The ever-popular event returns for another year of fun. Children can  trick or treat in a safe environment while learning about ancient marine reptiles, flying reptiles, prehistoric mammals and rocks through games and hands-on educational activities from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct, 26. The staff and volunteers dress up as well, making this free event a fun day for all ages!
  • Rock, Mineral and Fossil Identification Day – Join museum faculty, staff, paleontology club and geological society members who will assist in identification of rocks, fossils and minerals brought in by the public from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 9 Note: experts at Mines are not able to assess the value of any items.

The Museum of Geology, located on the campus of SD Mines, is free and open to the public.  Museum hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. The museum is closed Sundays and federal holidays.


About SD Mines  

Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,529 students with an average class size of 24. The SD School of Mines placement rate for graduates is 97 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $63,350. Find us online at sdsmt.edu and on  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Snapchat

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

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Reading Room, Devereaux Library
Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020
7:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
Elks Theatre, 512 6th Street
Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
King Center
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020
7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Campus Wide