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Rutgers Geology Museum Annual Open House VIRTUAL

January 30 @ 9:30 am - 2:00 pm


The 53rd Annual Open House will be held virtually this year on Saturday, January 30, 2021 between 9:30 am and 2 pm.

Join  for a day of paleontology-themed lectures and activities! Events and activities will be held on Zoom, Webex & Faceboook. 

2021 Open House Activities:

Mineral Sale

  • Mineral sale will be held auction-style on our Facebook page.
  • The event will run from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm EST.
  • NJ sales tax of 6.625% will be charged for all sales.
  • Payments will be taken online.
  • Items purchased must be picked up at the Geology Museum during specified times.
  • More details to follow.

The link to the auction will be posted shortly before the event.

Lecture Series

All lectures will be held on Webex as well as Live-Streamed to Facebook. All lectures use the same link: tune in here!

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM EST
“Unraveling the Evolutionary Relationships of Early Echinoderms”
Dr. Sarah Sheffield, Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida

11:30 AM to 12:30 PM EST
“The Long Walk from the Carboniferous: Mysterious Fossil Tracks are Rediscoveredafter 87 Years”
Carl Mehling, Senior Museum Specialist at the American Museum of Natural History, Division of Paleontology

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST
“The Gray Fossil Site of Tennessee – A Unique Record of Prehistoric Life in the Pliocene of Eastern North America”
Dr. Joshua Samuels, Curator at the Gray Fossil Site and Museum & Assistant Professor at East Tennessee State University

Children’s Activities

All childrens’ activities will be held on Zoom.
Registration is required for these events. Please use this link to register. 

Activities will run from 9:30-10:30AM, 10:30-11:30AM, and 1:00-2:00PM EST.

All three activities will be offered during each time slot, but some activities will take the full hour to complete. If you would like to participate in more than one activity, please register for more than one time slot. For example, if you would like to participate in all three activities, please register for all three time slots. Please make sure to arrive to your selected session on time.

You will receive a Zoom link to participate in the activities a few days prior to the Open House event. 
The form will be checked periodically throught the day during Open House.
**If you register the day-of, please allow at least 1 hour for the link to be emailed to you.

  • Activity 1: Big Impact!

    • In order to participate, you will need to bring a few items with you to this activity session.
      • A bowl/container/tray
      • Flour/sugar
      • 2-3 rocks of different sizes
      • Pencil
      • Blank paper or printed activity sheet
  • Activity 2: Dinosaur Trivia
    • No materials are needed to participate in this event.
  • Activity 3: Dinosaur Origami
    • In order to participate, you will need to bring a few items with you to this activity session.
      • Origami paper or square sheets of regular paper
      • Markers to decorate your dinosaur creations

Use this link to register for the children’s activities.



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