Our 2023 Show is to be held in October!
OUR 2022 SHOW IS ON! "SCHOOLS DAY" IS ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7TH.
TEACHERS, STUDENTS AND PARENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND THE SHOW FOR A WONDERFUL LEARNING EXPERIENCE.
SET YOUR SIGHTS ON EARTH SCIENCE WEEK October 9-15, 2022
Join us on Student Day, October 7th, 2022, at the 77th Greater Detroit Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show, presented by the Michigan Mineralogical Society and sponsored by the Cranbrook Institute of Science.
Discounted rates for students.
STEM & Michigan Science Standards related activities
Vendors offering a wide variety of gems, minerals, and fossils for purchase
Talks by “Paleo Joe” Kchodl, famous Michigan paleontologist and author
Experts speaking on earth science related topics.
Bring in your own specimens for identification
Gold panning, fossil dig, and crack your own geode (small fee for dig and geode)
Purchase a $1 grab bag filled with minerals and fossil specimens
Schools Day Registration Form (PDF)
A national event sponsored in Michigan by MMS. A great place for classroom activities, events, theme-based resources, geoscience careers, teachers toolkits and classroom activities. Also note that they have a theme based national contest in several categories, open to all students.
Mineral links & Field Trip Ideas for educators
Click on the Image to download the Book in PDF format.
Illustrated Instructional Book - The World of Minerals & Crystals ABC's
A is for agate, T is for Tourmaline, and Z is for Zincite. Have fun looking at these illustrations, coloring some in or use this a resource to teach kids about minerals from A to Z. Diamond Dan Publishing in conjunction with the Michigan Mineralogical Society and the Cranbrook Institute of Science is happy to provide you with this booklet. Use it in your classroom or at home.
Minerals Education Coalition
The Minerals Education Coalition (MEC) is the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration Foundation’s designated program to develop and deliver accurate and timely K-12 education materials and activities and conduct public awareness outreach about mining and minerals. The MEC is the successor entity of the Mineral Information Institute (Mii) which was merged with SME as of November 1, 2008, and SME’s Government, Education and Mining (GEM) program.
The Gemological Institute of America, Inc. is an excellent website filled with facts, interesting pictures and maps of the locations of gemstones and minerals from all over the world. They also feature a Gemkids section that is great for kids of all ages.
A Complete Guide to Rocks, Minerals and the Gemstone Kingdoms! The Mineral and Gemstone Kingdom is a free informational and educational guide to rocks, minerals, gemstones, and jewelry. This site has been providing detailed information and photos of hundreds of minerals and gemstones since 1997 and is one of the leading educational resources on minerals and gemstones.
The Science Olympiad for Rocks and Minerals
Educator-approved website on the Science Olympiad materials, rules and regulations, more links, and the training manuals for any interested in studying the Geology related materials of the Science Olympiad.
Cranbrook Institute of Science Mineral Study Gallery
Cranbrook founder George Booth started this mineral collection in 1926 with only a few hundred specimens. Since then, it has grown to more than 11,000 specimens, including 300 minerals from Michigan, such as gypsum, copper, and halite (that’s table salt!). Right now, there are approximately 1,800 specimens on view in the Mineral Study Gallery. A fantastic place to go visit anytime with anyone!
The Wayne State Geology Mineral Museum
For the first time, the exceptional collection of minerals and other geological specimens collected by and donated to the Department of Geology will be on public display. Old Main room 0205 has been outfitted to showcase the most valuable and interesting minerals, fossils and mining artifacts in the collection. David Lowrie, the curator and MMS Director of the collection and long-time ASO in the Geology Department, has selected a remarkable collection of specimens including rare minerals collected from all over the world, large and beautiful crystals, and samples from Thomas Edison's personal collection. Each item has a story. The Wayne State Geology Mineral Museum will be open to the public from 5 - 7 p.m. every Friday throughout June. Operating hours will be extended in the fall.
One of the several cases of gems and minerals in Wayne State's Geology Mineral Museum from their website.