Volcano Day 2024!

Join us on Saturday, May 18, 2024 from 10am-2pm. Fun and educational for all ages. Indoors and outdoors.

In our Northwest Gallery explore exhibits of Mt. Saint Helens Memorabilia and memories, and share your story with us. 

Don’t miss a fun and interactive activity on effusive vs. explosive volcanoes!

Or Blair Stuhlmuller’s talk on World Ending Eruptions!

When it comes to past mass extinctions, the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs gets all the glory and fame, but more often than not, volcanoes have played the leading role in causing life on this planet to nearly disappear. Three of the five mass extinctions in our Earth’s history–the End Permian Extinction, the End Triassic and, yes, even the Cretaceous Extinction–have been caused by massive volcanic eruptions. Come find out how volcanoes managed to wreak havoc on the Earth’s climate, continents and oceans and wipe out 75% or more of life…three separate times!

Geologist and artist Ethan Schmunk will draw your favorite dinosaur or prehistoric critter! You can choose from a list, or make a request.

And, of course, watch the eruption of our TRASHCANO

Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks & Minerals
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