Dig Up Some Family Fun at SUNY Potsdam Rock & Fossil Fair April 28

04.10.12

Everyone is welcome to take part in some scientific fun, at the seventh annual Rock and Fossil Fair and Roadshow, sponsored by SUNY Potsdam’s Department of Geology.

The family-friendly event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 28 in the Timerman Hall exhibit area. Everything is free, and the public is welcome to attend.

SUNY Potsdam geologists and paleontologists will be on hand to identify rocks, minerals and fossils visitors bring from home. The fair will also feature a fossil dig that will allow participants to dig through sand to find fossils to keep, and a “mineral mine,” where minerals and rocks are waiting to be discovered.

Visitors will be able to check out their rock or mineral specimens under the microscope and choose additional specimens to take home. Children can compete in “dinosaur races” and other contests. Other attractions at the fair include free face painting, exhibits, crafts and prizes.

This event is sponsored by The School of Arts and Sciences, SUNY Potsdam’s Department of Geology and the Geology Club. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Roberta Greene at (315) 267-2286 or greenera@potsdam.edu.

SUNY Potsdam’s geology department is well known for its student field research opportunities, both in the Adirondacks and the St. Lawrence Valley during the school year and around the continent in the summer.

To learn more about this department, visit http://www.potsdam.edu/academics/AAS/Geology/index.cfm.