Events & Services


Join our mining history expert and Collections Manager, Ed Raines, for a fascinating lecture series on the geology and mining history of Colorado.  Watch past lectures on the Museum Facebook page or here: EdTalks Archive

Tuesday, Jan. 28th from 12:30-1:30PM in GRL201: Colorado Establishes a Mining Industry: Central City & Beyond


We have a sampling of specimens available to browse online through LibGuides including pieces from Creede and Gilman, CO.  Check them out here.



“The Last Mammoths: Holocene Extinction on St. Paul Island, Alaska”
presented by Dr. Russ Graham

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

6:00-7:30 PM in GRL201

“The Last Mammoths: Holocene Extinction on St. Paul Island, Alaska”
presented by Dr. Russ Graham

Dr. Graham was the former Director of the Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum at Penn State University and former Curator at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.  He is currently an Adjunct Faculty member in the Geology Department at the Colorado School of Mines.



The museum offers three types of hands-on educational kits which are loaned to the public:

Rock & Mineral Kits

  • Focus on rock cycle and mineral properties
  • Designed for up to thirty 4th through 6th grade students
  • Includes 15 pieces of each sample
  • Mineral specimens include quartz, calcite and pyrite
  • Rocks include granite, sandstone and marble
  • Magnets, hand lenses and dilute hydrochloric acid also included
  • Teacher activity guide book and an educational video
  • Fossil Kits

  • Focus on fossils and geologic history
  • Designed for up to thirty, 6th through 12th grade students
  • Include fossils of teeth, claws, plants and more
  • Teacher guidebook and student worksheets included
  • Teaching Trunks

  • The rock cycle
  • Mineral properties and crystallography
  • Fossils
  • Birthstones and other gemstones
  • Designed for groups of ten or less kindergarten to 2nd grade students
  • One sample per type included
  • Perfect for single day show-and-tell activity

    • Can be checked out for 3 weeks at a time
    • Requires refundable $50 cash or check deposit at time of pickup
    • Checks made out to “CSM Geology Museum”
    • We do not accept credit cards for deposits
    • Pickups and drop-offs only allowed during regular business hours
    • Kits cannot be mailed
    • Three ways to make a kit reservation:

                 1) in-person at the Museum
                 2) call 303-273-3815
                 3) email with subject: “KIT”


    Find something on a hike or rolled up in grandpa’s long underwear? We can help.

    Student Aides are available to identify your unknown specimens during your next visit, free of charge.

    We do not have the resources available to provide identification services for large collections or estates, loose gemstones, or advanced testing of rocks, minerals, or meteorites, however, we would be happy to refer you to industry professionals who can help.  Please email so we can assist you. Limit number of items to 5 or less please.

    ***NOTE: we do not conduct appraisals of any kind.