Dig into geology and discover the Earth at your feet! Enjoy hands-on activities 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!
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2019 sample activities below, 2020 activities coming soon!
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.
- 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 – Sift for fossils alongside Florida Museum paleontologists.
- Fossil Wash and Paleobiology – Sift sand for microfossils using screens and water.
- Gainesville Gem and Mineral Society: Experience Rocks and Minerals – Explore rocks and minerals through touch, experiments and games.
- Gainesville Gem and Mineral Society: Hobbies that Rock – Find out how hobbies such as collecting, rockhounding and lapidary (cutting or polishing gems) can be fun for the whole family.
- Groundwater: Florida’s Precious Natural Resource – Investigate how groundwater flows through and shapes the subsurface while discovering Florida’s underground rivers. Explore what you can do to protect our drinking water supply.
- Invertebrate Paleontology – Come and experience Florida’s many invertebrate fossils, big and small, with specimens and activities from Invertebrate Paleontology.
- Investigating Ocean Acidification – The Earth is a big interconnected system. Discover how increased carbon dixoide in the atmosphere can threaten coral reefs in the ocean!
- 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.
- Oil Spill and Cleanup – Investigate how chemistry is used to clean up these environmental catastrophes.
- 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.
- The Rock Cycle – Discover how rocks are continuously recycled on Earth into new rocks and learn about the different environments in which they form.
- 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.
- Sea Level Rise – Florida’s geological history has been defined by changing sea levels. Learn why sea level changes, and how sea level rise is expected to affect the Florida coastline in the future.
- 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.
- VR Environmental Expeditions: Underwater and on the Ice – Rehabilitate oil slicked penguins, explore coral reefs coping with ocean acidification, and join an Antarctic research team studying climate change in three VR simulations hosted by the Media Effects & Technology Lab (METL).
- 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.
- WaterVentures Bus – Learn about Florida’s diverse watersheds, water conservation and recycling.
Can You Dig It? is presented by the University of Florida Department of Geological Sciences and the Florida Museum in collaboration with the Gainesville Gem and Mineral Society. In addition, a special thanks goes to Marvin & Cynthia Ivey.
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