Can You Dig It?

Florida Museum - 3215 Hull Road, SW 34th Street and Hull Road Gainesville, FL 32611       GET DIRECTIONS

Can You Dig It volcano demonstration

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: High Springs Orchard and Bakery

For more information, call 352-273-2062.

Can You Dig It? 2017 Activities List

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.

Can You Dig It? kids fossil activity

Deep Ocean Drilling
Discover how scientists study the bottom of the ocean and sample your own “drill core” from our tasty ocean floor model.

Fossil Dig
Sift for fossils alongside Florida Museum paleontologists.

Fossil Screen Wash (NEW)
Sift sand for microfossils using screens and water.

Gainesville Gem and Mineral Society: Experience Rocks and Minerals
Learn about rocks and minerals through touch, experiments and games.

Gainesville Gem and Mineral Society: Making Cabochons
Watch as a gemstone is shaped and polished from a rough stone to a smooth gem.

Gainesville Gem and Mineral Society: Gems and Crystals
See the variety of crystal shapes that occur in nature and learn how gems can be faceted to bring out their brilliance.

Geologic Time Tunnel

Explore the “Tunnel of Time.” Take a journey back through time and explore our planet’s geologic history.

Hands on Gainesville: Minerals in Your Home (NEW)

Can You Dig It? SandboxWhat minerals are in your home? What do they look like before you make them into walls, appliances and wires? How can you turn the earth around Florida into a necklace? Explore minerals and how we use them in our everyday lives.

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.

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.

Can You Dig It microscope activity

Passport Prizes
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.

Science-at-Sea VR with ANGARI Foundation (NEW)

Put on a virtual reality headset and set sail for the South Florida coast where you'll learn about the marine science research and education efforts of the ANGARI Foundation. Tour the foundation's research vessel and explore the underwater world of the area's coral reefs while diving alongside marine scientists.

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 10:3
0 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 (NEW)
Learn about Florida’s diverse watersheds, water conservation and recycling.

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