Mines News

Release Date Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Museum of Geology Kids Zone Features New Activities

RAPID CITY, SD (Jan. 12, 2018) – The newly renovated Kids Zone in the Museum of Geology, located on the campus of South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, is open and ready to captivate its young visitors with hands-on science.

The Kids Zone has a new look thanks to funding from the Association of South Dakota Museums and in-kind gifts from Simpsons Printing in Rapid City. The Kids Zone now includes child-size furniture, refurbished existing activities and an eight-foot long Fossil Tracks activity.

“My purpose in revamping the Museum of Geology’s Kids Zone was to provide a fun and educational experience that highlights many of the extinct animals from South Dakota that we have on display in the museum,” said Danielle Serratos, Assistant Director of the Museum of Geology.

The artwork is a simple yet scientifically accurate depiction of what we know of the animals that lived millions of years ago, said Serratos. “I hope these renovations will encourage more families to visit (or revisit) the museum and discover the science and nature that surrounds them.”

The Museum of Geology is free and open to the public. In addition to the Kids Zone, it features exhibits focusing on paleontology, which is the study of ancient life, and mineralogy, the study of minerals. The museum displays rare fossils from the White River Badlands, skeletons of dinosaurs, mammals, marine reptiles and fish, and mineral displays, including the Hall of South Dakota Minerals, meteorites and a fluorescent mineral room.

The Museum also offers free guided tours, events such as the “Night at the Museum” and “Dinosaur Extravaganza,” as well as paleontological field trips for high school students in the summer months.

Exhibits can also be visited virtually online at http://bit.ly/2DZIa8A. For more photos of Kids Zone, visit the SD Mines Facebook page at http://bit.ly/2Fn7oj5.

The Museum of Geology is located on the third floor of the O’Harra Building, which is located on Technology Court in the heart of the SD Mines campus. Here is a campus map.

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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 2,654 students with a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1. The SD School of Mines placement rate for graduates is 97 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $61,300. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Snapchat

Contact: Lynn Taylor Rick, (605) 394-2554, Lynn.TaylorRick@sdsmt.edu