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 South Dakota Mines  

Founded in 1885, South Dakota Mines is one of the nation’s leading engineering, science and technology universities. South Dakota Mines offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and a best-in-class education at an affordable price. The university enrolls 2,475 students with an average class size of 24. The South Dakota Mines placement rate for graduates is 97 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $66,150. For these reasons College Factual ranks South Dakota Mines, the #1 Engineering School for Return on Investment. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on FacebookTwitter, LinkedInInstagram and Snapchat.

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

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