Dig into geology and discover the Earth at your feet! Enjoy hands-on activities, both inside and outside the Museum, and watch demonstrations of volcanic eruptions. Explore the Museum and check out displays and activities on geology, fossils, gems, minerals and much more from Florida and around the world!
A family-friendly, fun event for all ages! Please note that while the Can You Dig It? event activities are FREE, there is an admission charge for the Butterfly Rainforest and Spiders Alive! exhibits.
Most demonstrations and activities will be between 10 a.m.-3 p.m. unless noted as scheduled.
Most demonstrations and activities occur from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. unless noted as scheduled.
- Augmented Reality Sandbox: Understanding topographic maps – This sandbox combines real sand with virtual reality to show how 2-D topographic maps show the 3-D shape of the land. Make your own surface in the sandbox and watch as the virtual reality projection mirrors your model. Then, make it rain in the sandbox and see how virtual water flows in your model.
- Deep-sea Drilling – Discover how scientists study the bottom of the ocean and sample your own “drill core” from our tasty ocean floor model.
- Event Information Station and Passport Prizes – Grab a passport and collect stamps as you explore– then receive a prize for your completed passport!
- Fossil Dig – Pick out a fossil or bring your own and have Florida Museum paleontologists identify them.
- Make Your Own Earthquake – Learn about how, why and where earthquakes happen, and then make your own earthquake to find out how you measure on the Richter scale.
- Meteorites or Meteor-wrongs – Meteorites can and do strike the Earth. Check out these space rocks and see how they differ from other rocks found on Earth. Learn how to identify and distinguish real meteorites from look-a-likes.
- Paleomagnetism – Rocks contain their own compasses, and they don’t always point north. See how scientists use Earth’s magnetism to reconstruct how the continents have moved through time.
- The Power of Water: How the Land Gets its Shape – Use wave tanks and other interactive models to explore water’s power in shaping our ever-changing environment.
- Rock Drilling – See how geologists use the drilling process to obtain core samples from hard rock as the first step in determining a past continent’s magnetic direction and location on Earth.
- Secrets of Sand – Take an up-close look under a microscope to see the secrets of sand revealed.
- Tools of a Geologist – Learn why geologists are the real “Inspector Gadgets” and bring your minerals and rocks to be identified.
- Volcanoes (periodic eruptions scheduled on the hour and half-hour starting at 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.) – Participate in ongoing interactive demonstrations and investigate why some volcanoes erupt explosively while others often do not, but watch out – ours is ready to blow.
Photos from previous years
Can You Dig It? is presented by the University of Florida Department of Geological Sciences and the Florida Museum. In addition, a special thanks goes to The Chemours Company and Marvin and Cynthia Ivey for their financial support.
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