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Boise, ID 83712 (Next to the Old Pen)

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Mineral Identification with Certified Geologist

Coyote Short is a Professional Geologist, licensed in Idaho. She is one-half Paiute-Modoc Indian and one-half French. Coyote is the last in her line to carry the ancient knowledge handed down to her by Grandmother Raven on the Paiute side and Grandmother Hallie on the Modoc side. Born in central Idaho, she has lived in […]

Family Fun – Dig into Fossils

Let’s learn about Idaho Fossils! Join us for a fun afternoon learning about fossils. Explore Idaho fossils, different types of fossilization, and create your own fossil.  Kids and museum members Free, Non-members $5. Registration required: Dig into Fossils

Lecture: How the Yellowstone Hotspot dominated Northwest Geology for 56 million years

This presentation is back by popular demand. Awareness of the Yellowstone Hotspot begins with the first evidence of the Yellowstone mantle plume some 56 million years ago when it was offshore western North America and created the huge oceanic plateau called Siletzia. We will follow the hotspot track through time and explain how it may […]

Family Event: Gold Panning

Join us in panning for gold! The Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology will set up this event in the courtyard of the Women's Prison at the Old Pen in east Boise. This Panning experience is provided by the Nampa Gold Prospectors. They are true prospectors and will teach both children and adults how to […]

Mineral Identification

Coyote Short PG can identify rocks, minerals and Native American artifacts.  Bring in your specimens and she will help you identify them!  Coyote Short is a Professional Geologist, licensed in Idaho.  Her fields of work include geology, archaeology, and chemistry, in which she strives to maintain continuity between ancient and modern knowledge, believing that the […]

CANCELLED: Celebrate Idaho Geology and Earth Science Week

Due to low registration this event has been cancelled. Dig into Geology! You’ll find activities for all ages and treasures for the kiddos. Hunt for gems, explore Idaho rocks and minerals, create your own earthquake and MORE! We have planned this event carefully, so that during this COVID surge, we can all stay safe. We […]

Online Lecture: Uncovering the Legacy of Idaho’s Chinese Pioneers

In the late nineteenth century, mining booms in Southern Idaho’s Boise Basin drew migrants from across the globe to what would briefly become the largest population center in the Pacific Northwest. In communities like Idaho City, Placerville, and Old Boston, nearly half of this population had been born in China. Today the Boise Basin is […]

Mineral Identification

Coyote Short PG can identify rocks, minerals and Native American artifacts.  Bring in your specimens and she will help you identify them!  Coyote Short is a Professional Geologist, licensed in Idaho.  Her fields of work include geology, archaeology, and chemistry, in which she strives to maintain continuity between ancient and modern knowledge, believing that the two […]

Lecture: Mining and Ore Processing at the Standard Hill Gold Mine, CA

Standard Hill hosted several early 20th century gold mines in Kern County, California. This presentation will be a description of the various production steps of the most recent mining activity, from delineation of the ore in the pit to final recovery of gold and silver in a form ready for smelting. These same procedures continue […]

Santa’s Rock Shop Sale

Holiday Shopping Special. Gift shop items 20% off during this 1-Day Sale.