St. Lawrence Rock & Mineral Club's kids fluorescent mineral hunt set for Aug. 23 in Canton
Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 5:42 am

CANTON -- The St. Lawrence Rock & Mineral Club's Kids Fluorescent Mineral Hunt will be held at the Canton Pavilion, 90 Lincoln St. on Friday evening, August 23.

Certain minerals fluoresce (glow) when exposed to ultraviolet ("black") light. For example, some of the white tremolite from Gouverneur Mineral’s mines fluoresces a bright orange color when viewed under black light. Other minerals glow red, or green, or blue, or purple.

The St. Lawrence Rock & Mineral Club guarantees that samples of these minerals will be available for kids to find. Admission to the hunt is free.

Each child (age 12 or younger) will be able to borrow a portable black light to use in the search. Kids will be allowed to keep all the minerals that they find.

The purpose of this activity it to develop kids' interest in rocks and minerals.

The hunt begins at dark (approx. 8:30 p.m.) and will continue until all children have been able to find some fluorescent minerals.

This activity takes place in conjunction with the St. Lawrence Rock & Mineral Club's 53rd Annual Gem & Mineral Show & Swap on Aug. 24 and 25. Rockhounds from several northeastern states and southeastern provinces will be setting up for the Saturday and Sunday show, and will offer part of their extensive collection for sale to the public.

Admission is $2 for adults; children 12 and under free.

For more information, visit the club’s website at StLawrenceCountyMineralClub.Org, or contact Bill deLorraine at 315-287-4652 or [email protected]. Proceeds from our show benefit club sponsored minerology scholarships at SUNY Potsdam and St. Lawrence University.ood.org/rapidpass; info: 315-261-5413, [email protected]; walk-ins welcome.