Bob Campbell Geology Museum

Bob Campbell Geology Museum The Bob Campbell Geology Museum houses a collection of over 10,000 rocks, minerals, and fossils. Admission is free but donations are appreciated.
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Fantastic Feather Research Forthcoming! Congratulations to CU PhD Candidate Jessica Baron, CU Assistant Professor Daljit...
08/17/2020

Fantastic Feather Research Forthcoming! Congratulations to CU PhD Candidate Jessica Baron, CU Assistant Professor Daljit Singh Dhillon, CU Associate Professor Eric Patterson, and BCGM Curator Adam Smith! Their ongoing research on computer modeling the appearance of dinosaur feathers (mostly birds of course :)) was just awarded nearly 1/2 million dollars by the National Science Foundation! Visitors to the BCGM will be able to learn more about feather micro- and nano-structures for rendering photorealistic images in computer graphics when the BCGM adds a new exhibit featuring research highlights from the group's resulting research publications!

We have received many inquires regarding when the BCGM will reopen and wanted to respond to let all of our loyal patrons...
06/23/2020

We have received many inquires regarding when the BCGM will reopen and wanted to respond to let all of our loyal patrons know that the BCGM remains closed owing to COVID-19. The BCGM is following Clemson University guidelines and will reopen as soon as it is deemed safe for our guests and staff. In the meantime, if you would like to assist the museum by donating to help us overcome 4 months (and counting:( of lost revenue you can do so, with our sincere thanks, by visiting: https://iamatiger.clemson.edu/giving/scbg and choosing "Friends of the Bob Campbell Geology Museum" from the drop-down menu.

Our friends at The Field Museum are launching a new show called "Prehistoric Road Trip" —an epic, three-part PBS series ...
06/16/2020

Our friends at The Field Museum are launching a new show called "Prehistoric Road Trip" —an epic, three-part PBS series that debuts tomorrow, June 17 at 9pm CST! 📺✨ Watch this "epoch" journey on your local PBS station or stream at WTTW - Chicago PBS ➡️ wttw.com/prehistoricroadtrip

Baby Mastodon Tusk is a Fossil and an Artifact! Thanks to a generous donation by local artifact hunter Russ Hébert III  ...
05/28/2020

Baby Mastodon Tusk is a Fossil and an Artifact! Thanks to a generous donation by local artifact hunter Russ Hébert III the tusk of a juvenile mastodon (or possibly mammoth) is now a part of the BCGM public displays. Russ's story of discovery and photos of our new specimen were recently featured in the magazine American Digger, as the fossil was altered by Native Americans! Be sure to come see this amazing little fossil/artifact when we reopen.

Thank you, Clemson World, for spending some time with us!
05/21/2020
Day at the Museum

Thank you, Clemson World, for spending some time with us!

“People, I’ve been told, would call Bob Campbell and say, ‘Bob, I’ve found a cave bear! Would you want it?’” says Adam Smith, curator of the Bob Campbell Geology Museum. “I get the sense that Bob n…

More geology activities to keep young minds occupied until the museum reopens :)http://www.mineralogy4kids.org/Kids will...
05/11/2020

More geology activities to keep young minds occupied until the museum reopens :)

http://www.mineralogy4kids.org/
Kids will get a kick out of the “In your home” section where it lists what minerals make up different household items.

http://www.busybeekidscrafts.com/Dinosaur-Bones.html
https://www.leapfrog.com/en-us/learning-path/activities/pteranodon-kids-sculpture#/.T-X-KHnEgeY.pinterest
https://parentingchaos.com/excavating-dinosaurs-ice/
Some simple and fun dinosaur crafts and activities.

https://kidsloverocks.com/educational-resources
https://kidsloverocks.com/games
A good resource with several mining/gem and mineral games.

Enjoy!

Some outdoor activities to help you and your kids to enjoy May Day :)
05/01/2020

Some outdoor activities to help you and your kids to enjoy May Day :)

04/29/2020
South Carolina Botanical Garden

South Carolina Botanical Garden

**IMPORTANT NOTICE**
The South Carolina Botanical Garden (SCBG) will be opening the trails and outdoor exhibits to the general public beginning Monday, May 4, 2020. The hours of operation during the first phase of our opening will be 9:00 AM till sunset until further notice. Guests are required to adhere to social distancing guidelines provided by SCDHEC, the CDC and Clemson University. SCBG staff and the Clemson University Police Department will be monitoring the visitation to ensure that we are operating at a reduced capacity and visitors are in compliance at this time. Park only in spaces that are open, not in spaces that have traffic cones. Do not remove or otherwise disrupt cones that have been placed in parking spaces. If the SCBG reaches its capacity the gates will be closed until spaces become available. We are limiting parking to half of the designated spaces and parking areas will be available at the caboose parking lot on the left after entering the main entrance gate and the parking lot downhill from the Bob Campbell Geology Museum and SCBG Visitors Center. All Visitor facilities will remain closed at this time (The SCBG Visitors Center, the Bob Campbell Geology Museum, Hayden Conference Center and Hanover House, and all public restrooms). The picnic area will remain closed until further notice.

Botanical Garden Drive will be open from the main entrance gate off Perimeter Rd. to the large parking lot below the Bob Campbell Geology Museum. The drive through the Arboretum to the Hanover House and Hayden Conference Center will be closed to vehicular traffic and there will be no parking in those locations. The SCBG will be operating with only horticultural grounds staff present. Please do not approach or interact with staff you might see in the garden, they are not visitor services representatives.

If you need emergency assistance during your visit, please call the Clemson University Police Department at: 864-656-2222. There will be no Visitor Services staff to assist you at the SCBG.

Things to remember when visiting the SCBG

• Stay home if you are sick or think you have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus.
• There are NO PUBLIC RESTROOM FACILITIES OPEN - please time your visit wisely.
• Bring hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol as soap and water are not available on site.
• There will be no water fountains or other potable water available.
• Maintain social distancing at all times, maintain at least 6 feet of distance between you and other visitors that are not members of your household. Do not congregate with other families or visitors and do not approach others during your visit. Wear a cloth covering over your nose and mouth.
• ALL DOGS MUST BE ON A LEASH AND RESTRICTED TO TRAILS WHERE THEY ARE PERMITTED. Do not allow your pets to approach other visitors.
• There are no picnic facilities open at the SCBG.
• Stay on designated trails during your visit.

Congratulations to Adam Smith, Curator of the Bob Campbell Geology Museum, for co-authoring this incredible study publis...
04/24/2020
After the dinosaurs went extinct, some birds shrank in body size and kept big brains

Congratulations to Adam Smith, Curator of the Bob Campbell Geology Museum, for co-authoring this incredible study published Thursday in Current Biology! This study, which is making national news, explains the evolutionary timeline for bird brains after dinosaurs went extinct. What a great conversation starter, especially when taking a walk through your neighborhood with your children! https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/23/world/bird-brain-sizes-scn/index.html?fbclid=IwAR2l1PB3BkYXOXbSwklwpBMyB0BtKHlM0edfzr8gakNawFl0yhnUsDqo_vg

New research suggests that some birds evolved over time to have smaller bodies and maintain the large brains of their ancestors. And the biggest evolutionary event happened after the dinosaurs went extinct.

A few more fun and educational activities for those of you tasked with keeping children of all ages engaged during these...
04/15/2020

A few more fun and educational activities for those of you tasked with keeping children of all ages engaged during these unusual times :)

Dino toy excavation from ice: https://parentingchaos.com/excavating-dinosaurs-ice/

A few more experiments, including making dinosaur fizzy eggs and crystal growing: https://interestingengineering.com/7-great-and-fun-home-chemistry-experiments-for-kids

Since we'll be closed for Earth Day, a bunch of Earth Day crafts and activities: https://www.thecrafttrain.com/earth-day-crafts-for-kids/

South Carolina Botanical Garden
04/13/2020

South Carolina Botanical Garden

Dear Friends,

Last night we sustained major wind and rain damage during the storm. The SCBG remains temporarily closed but many people have ignored the closure and continue to run, walk or otherwise access the grounds. The current conditions pose a serious risk to human health and I’m asking you to stay out of the SCBG to protect your life. We will be working on cleanup from this damage for some time. We will keep you informed of the progress.

Patrick McMillan, SCBG Director

04/09/2020
How to make "Botanical Eggs" for Easter

How to make "Botanical Eggs" for Easter

Allison Jones from the South Carolina Botanical Garden shares with us at "Making It Grow" how to use onion skins and purple cabbage along with materials from...

While many of us are indoors avoiding COVID-19, Spring is in full bloom outdoors. Here are some thought provoking articl...
04/07/2020

While many of us are indoors avoiding COVID-19, Spring is in full bloom outdoors. Here are some thought provoking articles about our feathered friends, the dinosaurs we have left, and one of the symbols of springtime :)
https://americanornithology.org/blog/

While the BCGM remains closed owing to COVID-19, we will be periodically posting links to activities to help keep you an...
04/01/2020

While the BCGM remains closed owing to COVID-19, we will be periodically posting links to activities to help keep you and your children entertained and links to articles to help stimulate your intellect. Let's start with some links to dinosaur-themed craft projects you can do with items you likely already have at home:

Tons of home kids science experiments at this link: http://www.sciencefun.org/kidszone/experiments/

For younger kids here's a link full of printable dino coloring pages: https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/dinosaur-coloring-pages/

DIY paper dinosaur hat: http://www.paper-and-glue.com/2014/09/diy-paper-dinosaur-hat.html?m=1

Paper plate masks (incl. dino): https://mom.com/momlife/15401-diy-halloween-masks

Important information regarding the Clemson Experimental Forest.
03/27/2020

Important information regarding the Clemson Experimental Forest.

3/27/20. — Clemson Beach, Experimental Forest, Other Recreation Areas Closed Due to Safety Concerns

Upon consultation with law enforcement and emergency management agencies, Clemson University has temporarily closed access to recreation areas, including the Snow Family Outdoor Fitness and Wellness Complex (formerly known as Y-Beach), the rowing facility, and public areas of the Clemson Experimental Forest (CEF). These closures are effective immediately. Parking areas, both designated and roadside, are also closed in the interest of public health and slowing the spread of COVID-19.

Earlier this week Governor Henry McMaster issued an executive order stating, “law enforcement has the ability to disperse groups of people who pose a risk to the public's safety and to the safety of others.” Additionally, the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism announced all state parks are closed through April 30. With the previous closing of other public lands, parks, and forests in the area, Clemson has begun experiencing unsafe and overcrowded conditions which tax local resources. This is contributing to an unsafe situation with groups gathering in excess of the numbers permissible under the current state regulations. Local officials have reported crowds gathering along the beach, on trails and in parking areas, which compromises the degree of social distancing needed to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Other areas are currently being evaluated for closure should excessive use create an unsafe situation.

Clemson University officials regret that this temporary closure is necessary and will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring the University’s recreation spaces are reopened as soon as conditions allow. While this decision has not been made lightly, it is in the protection of public safety and is temporary. We appreciate your patience and understanding. For additional information and updates on Clemson University’s response and policy, can be found at Clemson.edu/coronavirus.

The Campbell Geology Museum will be closed to visitors until further notice.  This action is being taken to help deter t...
03/16/2020

The Campbell Geology Museum will be closed to visitors until further notice. This action is being taken to help deter the spread of the Corona virus (COVID-19). We will update our social media as soon as we are permitted to reopen. For additional information, kindly visit Clemson University’s website at https://www.clemson.edu/coronavirus/

South Carolina Botanical Garden
02/13/2020
South Carolina Botanical Garden

South Carolina Botanical Garden

Just in time for Valentine's Day, your SCBG is ranked #7 in the Most Romantic Places in South Carolina (as voted by Best Things South Carolina)! This *AND* a forecast with 0% chance of rain tomorrow? Now that is something to fall in love with!

South Carolina Botanical Garden
02/08/2020

South Carolina Botanical Garden

The SCBG Gift Shop & Visitor's Center and the Bob Campbell Geology Museum are closed today due to the weather.

Many thanks to our friends @ Clemson World Magazine (https://clemson.world) for helping us get the word out about Clemso...
01/21/2020

Many thanks to our friends @ Clemson World Magazine (https://clemson.world) for helping us get the word out about Clemson University's amazing and constantly growing geology museum. See the article in the latest issue of Clemson World or check out the online version here: https://clemson.world/day-at-the-museum/

The SCBG is excited to co-host this fabulous event on Saturday, January 25th!  Winter Tree Identification is an incredib...
01/15/2020

The SCBG is excited to co-host this fabulous event on Saturday, January 25th! Winter Tree Identification is an incredible book with tons of useful information. Books will be available for purchase during the Open House (11:00 - 4:00) so that you can get it signed by the author, Don Hagan. Join us for this very special Family Science Saturday!

Want to learn more about Australian birds like the Emu and the extinct 'Thunder Birds'?  Visit the BCGM sometime soon an...
01/13/2020

Want to learn more about Australian birds like the Emu and the extinct 'Thunder Birds'? Visit the BCGM sometime soon and check out our new mounted Emu skeleton and the other fascinating birds in our 'Giant Flightless Birds' display!

Get unique holiday gifts at the Campbell Geology Museum! We have tons of fun items including natural stone jewelry, beau...
12/03/2019

Get unique holiday gifts at the Campbell Geology Museum! We have tons of fun items including natural stone jewelry, beautiful mineral and fossil specimens, puzzles, coffee mugs, t-shirts, and an array of dinosaur toys, stuffed animals, and crystal growing kits for the little ones! All proceeds benefit our complementary goals of research and education so you can feel good about shopping with us!

Visit the BCGM and check out our newest display, a GIANT Brontosaurus leg that makes the turkey legs many of us are star...
11/22/2019

Visit the BCGM and check out our newest display, a GIANT Brontosaurus leg that makes the turkey legs many of us are starting to think about seem tiny in comparison!

Don't be a Dodo... visit the BCGM sometime soon to see our new Dodo Bird skeleton and learn all about "Giant Flightless ...
11/15/2019

Don't be a Dodo... visit the BCGM sometime soon to see our new Dodo Bird skeleton and learn all about "Giant Flightless Birds" for yourself!

11/07/2019
BuzzFeed UK News

BuzzFeed UK News

This T. rex race might be the best thing we’ll see all day 🦖

South Carolina Botanical Garden
11/04/2019

South Carolina Botanical Garden

Your SCBG has beautiful poinsettias for sale in the Gift Shop! They are only $12 each or 2/$20. The Gift Shop is open from 10:00 - 5:00 daily so come see us!

For directions and more information about parking, please visit  www.clemsondayofthedead.org
11/01/2019

For directions and more information about parking, please visit www.clemsondayofthedead.org

We've been here since 6:00 am getting ready for the Dia de los Meurtos/Day of the Dead Festival happening TONIGHT from 6:00 - 9:00! Our friends at Fox Carolina News joined us for live spots on the morning news so be sure to watch and then come join this vibrant celebration of life tonight! Need directions or clarification of where to park? Just follow this link for additional information: www.clemsondayofthedead.org

10/21/2019
Red-tailed Hawk

Charles Ruth, one of Dr. Adam Smith's Ornithology students, captured this wonderful footage of a Red-tailed Hawk in the Children's Garden!

It has been an exciting, educational, and fun week as the SCBG collaborated with the South Carolina Forestry commission ...
10/11/2019

It has been an exciting, educational, and fun week as the SCBG collaborated with the South Carolina Forestry commission to hold Wood Magic!

We've had a great week of the Wood Magic Forest Fair at the South Carolina Botanical Garden in Clemson! This year marks the 20th anniversary of Wood Magic, and nearly 600 fifth graders attended the Fair this week! They learned about the sustainable management of forest resources and the role of forests and forest products in their daily lives. #SCForestry #NASF100 #CentennialChallenge #ForestProud

Visit the BCGM sometime soon to see our newest display all about awesome insects! Many thanks to our pals at the Clemson...
09/25/2019

Visit the BCGM sometime soon to see our newest display all about awesome insects! Many thanks to our pals at the Clemson University Arthropd Collection for supplying the bugs!

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140 Discovery Ln
Clemson, SC
29631-1315

The CAT bus provides free transport around Clemson and Central. The nearest stop is Lightsey Bridge.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(864) 656-4600

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Is museum open for public visits??
Is the museum open today
Are y'all open today for a 4 Parson Family
Hi there! My son wanted to share his find with you all. He wants to know what fossil it is:
Love this place!
This was an awesome little gem! A must visit for a nerd like me!
My son is a Clemson grad & works just off campus. I went up there yesterday to lend him a hand with something. My friend who went with me and I had a couple of free hours. Since my son couldn't get off work but knew we'd planned on going to the Botanical Gardens, he suggested we check the museum out. We did and ended up spending the whole time just in the museum! It is well worth the trip! It might look small, but it's jam-packed with incredible displays. The young lady working the gift was knowledgable beyond belief and so very nice to deal with! I plan on getting my husband to go up with me some weekend, and have a family day at the museum.