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!
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.
Onsite food vendor: TBD
For more information, call 352-273-2062.
Can You Dig It? 2016 Activities List
2017 Activity List 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.
Climate Proxy Records: Understanding Earth’s Changing Climate
Investigate how geologists reconstruct records of Earth’s past climates to better understand current climate change.
Fossil Discovery Cart
The Museum’s own Discovery Cart.
From the Ground to Your Home, the Story of "Granite" Countertops
Let the experts from Jackson Stoneworks show you how stone is turned into beautiful countertops.
Gainesville Gem and Mineral Society
Meet local “rock hounds” and explore the transformation from rough stone to finished jewelry with members of the society. Watch demonstrations of cabbing and gem faceting, then get information about the club, events and how to join!
Gem and Fossil Mine
Sift for gems, minerals and other treasures.
Geologic Time Tunnel
Explore the “Tunnel of Time.” Take a journey back through time and explore our planet’s geologic history.
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.
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!
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 and 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.
Minerals, Minerals Everywhere
There are thousands of different kinds of minerals. Learn how geologists and mineral enthusiasts identify different types and try to identify some unknown specimens on your own.
Oil Spill and Cleanup
Investigate how chemistry is used to clean up these environmental catastrophes.
Paleobiology and Fossils
See fossils of amazing prehistoric life forms and explore Florida’s fossil heritage.
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.
Grab a passport and collect stamps as you explore--then receive a prize for your completed passport.
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.
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.
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.
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!