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Mineral and Rock Box Exhibit

The Office of Mines and Minerals, Land Reclamation Division maintains a rolling education exhibit of the rock and mineral resources of Illinois. This exhibit displays various rocks and minerals of economic importance which are currently, or have previously been, mined in Illinois.

The primary focus of the exhibit is to enhance the children's knowledge of earth science and our natural resources by making them aware of the extent these rocks and minerals play in our every day life. The exhibit, along with a short presentation, focuses on enhancing the children's knowledge of earth science they receive from the classroom. Because the exhibit is intended to enhance classroom lessons the exhibit and presenation are directed at students at the third grade level and up.

The exhibit is filled with fossils, rock and mineral samples, and current facts about the mining industry. Samples include: coal, oil, limestone, sand and gravel, clays, silica sand, tripoli, peat, galena, and shalerite, as well as the Illinois state fossil and mineral, and geodes.

The Rock Box exhibit is available for earth days and eco-meets during the summer, early fall, and late spring. To schedule the rock Box to come to your event, please complete the trailer request form. Due to limited staffing the Department is unable to honor individual requests of less than 100 participants.

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