FEBRUARY 17TH: Our Prehistoric Watershed @ BOISE WATERSHED 10 am – 1 pm

Visit our table at the Boise Watershed this spring! We will be sharing info about the Helicoprion (Buzzsaw) Shark of Idaho and SW Idaho’s prehistoric lake, Lake Idaho.

FEBRUARY 24-25TH: Idaho Gem and Mineral Show @ Idaho Expo

We will be rockin’ out at the 2018 Idaho Gem and Mineral Show. Visit our booth located near the Fluorescent Mineral Display. Admire local collections and artist displays OR shop til you drop for unique minerals, fossils and MORE! For more info click HERE!



If you love rocks, minerals and Idaho mining history, you’ll dig the Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology. We’re seeking enthusiastic and friendly volunteers to help with tasks at the museum. 


The museum is newly updated with exciting displays including the Helicoprion (Buzzsaw) shark that lived in Idaho millions of years ago, and a world class meteorite exhibit that includes a specimen from Mars! NEW scavenger hunt, gift shop items, hands-on activities throughout the museum, and lectures both days!

Saturday 1 pm Buzzsaws, Scissors, and Blades: Unraveling the evolution of unusual shark dentition in the fossil record. By Jesse Pruitt (Idaho Museum of Natural History)

Sunday 1 pm Meteors and Meteorites – History, Mystery, and Magic by Patrick Cavanaugh (IMMG)


APRIL 21ST: Squaw Butte with Ander Sundell (CWI)

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APRIL 28TH: A Natural History of Basalt by Terry Maley P.G.

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May 5TH: Field Trip – Volcanic Features Near Mountain Home with Steve Cox (IMMG)

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MAY 12TH: Dig into Idaho! NOON – 5 pm

Celebrate Idaho Preservation month by exploring Idaho’s mining history at the IMMG. Scavenger hunt, hands-on activities, and gold panning!

Saturday 1 pm Putting it Back the Way We Found It: Mine Site Remediation and Restoration by Historian Troy Lambert

MAY 20TH: International Museum Day

Peregrine Fund will be hosting this year! Join us and other Treasure Valley museum in exploring OUR wonderful community resources.


JUNE 9th: Kids Workshop – Rocks to Products (MIDAS GOLD) 10 am-NOON

Volcanic eruptions, shark tooth dig, free ore samples, gold panning, and MORE! 2nd grade and up. $5.00 per Youth. RSVP to workshop by contacting Eliza Schulz at 208 571 5720 or

JUNE 9th: Why is it that color? Reasons for Color in Minerals. by Terry Panhorst (University of Mississippi, Retired)

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JUNE 16th: Gold Panning with Idaho Gold Prospectors Association

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JUNE 30th: International Asteroid Day NOON – 5 pm

Comets, asteroids, meteoroids, OH MY! Celebrate this stellar holiday at IMMG. Solar viewing provided by Boise Astronomical Society. Meteorite specimens, activities, and MORE!

1 pm Lecture: The Asteroid Belt: Delivering Free Extra-Terrestrial Real Estate For Over 4 Billion Years by Steve Brittenham


JULY 14TH: Jordan Craters with Nick Pollock (PhD Candidate, BSU)

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JULY 28TH: Mining History Special Topics by Westin Juarez (Summer Intern from CWI)

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AUGUST 4TH:  John Day via Unity with Mark Ferns P.G.

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SEPTEMBER 8th:  Just How Old Is the Earth? by Patrick Cavanaugh (IMMG)

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SEPTEMBER 15TH: Snake River and Owyhee Volcanics with Steve Cox and Dr. Terry Panhorst (IMMG)

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SEPTEMBER 16TH: ANNUAL Rock Party NOON – 4:30 pm

A celebration of Idaho’s mining and geologic history with activities for children and adults. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS!

SEPTEMBER 29th: National Public Lands Day 9 am

Let’s celebrate National Public Lands Day by a morning hike up to Table Rock with our fellow geology and history lovers! Coffee and Donuts will be served at 8:30 am.


OCTOBER 6TH: Don’t Take it for Granite with Coyote Short P.G.

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OCTOBER 13th: Dig into Geology! NOON – 5 pm

Celebrate National Fossil Day and Earth Science Week at the IMMG with the Orma J. Smith Museum of Natural History! Explore Idaho fossils and geologic history with activity stations, lecture, and MORE! CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS!