St. Lawrence Rock & Mineral Club's Kids Fluorescent Mineral Hunt set for Aug. 26
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, Aug. 26, just before dusk (around 7 p.m.).
Certain minerals fluoresce (glow) when exposed to ultraviolet ("black") light. For example, some of the white calcite from the Balmat Mines fluoresces red when viewed under black light. Other minerals glow red too, or green, blue, purple, or yellow.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 under) 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 outside the Pavilion in Canton at dark and will continue until all children have been able to find some fluorescent minerals.
This activity is in conjunction with the St. Lawrence Rock & Mineral Club's 55th Annual Gem & Mineral Show & Swap on Aug. 27 and 28.
Rock hounds from several Mid-Atlantic and Southern states will be setting up for the show and will be offering parts of their extensive collections for sale to the public. Admission is $3 for adults; children 12 and younger are admitted 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.