Can You Dig It?
Florida Museum - 3215 Hull Road, SW 34th Street and Hull Road Gainesville, FL 32611 GET DIRECTIONS
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!
A free, fun event for all ages!
This family-friendly event is presented by the University of Florida Department of Geological Sciences and the Florida Museum in collaboration with the Gainesville Gem and Mineral Society and additional community sponsors.
Onsite food vendor: High Springs Orchard and Bakery
For more information, call 352-273-2064.
Can You Dig It? 2015 Activities List
(2016 List Coming Soon!)
Most demonstrations and activities occur from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. unless noted as scheduled.
Volcanoes (Periodic eruptions scheduled on the hour and half-hour starting at 10:30 a.m.)
Participate in ongoing interactive demos and investigate why some volcanoes erupt explosively while others often do not, but watch out – ours is ready to blow!
The Ocean’s Conveyor Belt (Demonstrations scheduled at 11:15 a.m. and 12:15, 1:15 and 2:15 p.m.)
Explore how and why water moves in the ocean and some of the interesting ways we study it!
Gem and Fossil Mine
Sift for gems, minerals and other treasures.
UF Department of Geological Sciences
Learn about the UF geological sciences department, how to become a geologist and why geoscience is an excellent career choice.
Grab a passport and collect stamps as you explore–then receive a prize for your completed passport.
Make Your Own Earthquake!
Learn about how, why and where earthquakes happen then make your own earthquake and find out how you measure on the Richter scale.
Deep Ocean Drilling
Discover how scientists study the bottom of the ocean and sample your own “drill core” from our tasty ocean floor model.
Oreo Plate Tectonics
Use these tasty treats to explore the process behind mountain formation and how the world changes over time.
Investigating Ocean Acidification
The Earth is a big interconnected system. Discover how increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere can threaten the ocean’s coral reefs!
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.
Minerals, Minerals Everywhere
There are thousands of different kinds of minerals. Examine beautiful specimens of “nature’s art” and discover the many uses for minerals in your home and everyday life.
Tools of a Geologist
Learn why geologists are the real “Inspector Gadgets” and bring your minerals and rocks to be identified.
The Rock Cycle
Learn how rocks are continuously recycled on Earth into new rocks.
Gainesville Gem and Mineral Society
Meet local “rock hounds” and explore the transformation from rough stone to finished jewelry with members of the society. Get information about the club, events and how to join! See beautiful collections of club members and learn what Florida has to offer for collecting.
Secrets of Sand
Take an up-close look under microscope to see the secrets of sand revealed.
Meteorites can and do strike the Earth. Check out these space rocks and see how they differ from other rocks found on Earth.
Geologic Time Tunnel
Explore the “Tunnel of Time.” Take a journey back through time and explore our planet’s geologic history.
Rocks contain their own compasses, and they don’t always point north! See how scientists use Earth magnetism to reconstruct how the continents have moved through time.
Paleobiology and Fossils
See fossils of amazing prehistoric life forms and explore Florida’s fossil heritage.
Paleolimnology: Learning History from Lake Sediment
You may be surprised to learn what mud can tell us about climate and environmental change.
Groundwater‑Florida’s Precious Natural Resource
Investigate how groundwater flows through and shapes the subsurface while discovering Florida’s underground rivers. Then explore what you can do to protect our drinking water supply.
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.
Fossil Discovery Cart
The Museum’s own Discovery Cart.
Meteorites or Meteor-wrongs
Learn how to identify and distinguish real meteorites from look-a-likes.
Exploring the Deep Ocean
Examine deep-ocean volcanoes and see incredible life forms from the deep.