Learn more about Idaho geology!

There are a wide variety of ways Idaho students and teachers can learn more about mining in Idaho, its history and its science. Here are some of our favorites:


Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology – Located next to the Old Penitentiary in Idaho’s Historical District, the Idaho Museum of Mining and Geology (IMMG) offers exhibits and educational programs about Idaho’s fascinating geologic history and rich mining heritage.

National Energy Foundation – Each of their customizable programs has its  own unique goal but share the common mission of NEF. NEF prides itself on its ability to deliver quality programs for any partner uniquely tailored to meet their specific goals.

Idaho Geological Survey – The Idaho Geological Survey has conducted instructional field workshops for Idaho’s elementary and secondary teachers since 1986.  The week-long summer workshops provide hands-on, inquiry-based instruction on geology at various field locations in the state. All materials are available online.

Idaho Commission for Libraries – LiLi offers a variety of links and book descriptions to help teachers and students interested in geology and mining in Idaho. They offer a list of videos, links and newspaper articles useful for helping people learn about our industry.

Minerals.Net – The Mineral and Gemstone Kingdom is a free informational and educational guide to rocks, minerals, gemstones, and jewelry. This site provides detailed information and excellent photos of each mineral and gemstone cataloged in their database.

Earth Science World – A service of the American Geosciences Institute, this site offers downloads and information for teachers and students interested in the geosciences. The site includes specific information on careers in mining and geology.