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Keweenaw Mineral Days provides legal surface prepared mineral collecting on rock piles of former native copper mines in the Keweenaw Peninsula. Hosted by the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum in collaboration with Keweenaw Gem and Gift, Inc.

Due to the COVID19 pandemic, the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum has been and is currently closed. Participants who already registered were told here that they should not plan on the museum being open. There is good news...the museum will reopen July 1, 2020. However, at this time we are not planning to have our annual surplus mineral. 

There will be No general registration fee this year since the museum may not be open during this event and we will not hold a surplus mineral sale. Since the museum will be open for Keweenaw Mineral Days you get the bonus.... If the museum is open, admission fee will be waived and there will be a 15 % discount on all gift shop merchandise for registered participants. You must pay for a collecting event to be considered a registered participant. The minimum number of registrations for the collecting events has been reached so Keweenaw Mineral Days 2020 will be will be held. 

The maximum number of participants per collecting event has been reduced to facilitate social distancing. As a result, compared to last year the cost per collecting event has increased, but we have extended the time allocated to collecting by one hour.

Keweenaw Mineral Days consists of four opportunities to collect minerals at prepared surface rock piles in the Keweenaw Peninsula. We recommend you read the Additional Information provided below.  

Adults 18 years and older can participate but must read and acknowledge the Liability Waiver. Minors between ages 12 and 17 can participate when accompanied by an adult or guardian but a Liability Waiver must be completed. All Minors must be registered for collecting events. 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (As a result of the COVID 19 pandemic there will be changes to past practices to help participants stay safe)

Government and University Restrictions as a result of COVID-19 will apply to Keweenaw Mineral Days. All participants will be required to adhere to wearing a facial covering/mask (medical or nonmedical grade) if social distancing is not possible. If you refuse to adhere to social distancing or wearing a facial covering your further participation in Keweenaw Mineral Days will be terminated and there will be no refund! 

If Open ….. Wednesday July 15 through Saturday July 18: Free admission for Keweenaw Mineral Days paid participants in the collecting events to the A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum and 15% discount on gift shop merchandise. You must register for a collecting event to be considered a registered participant.

Wednesday July 15: 10 am to 4 pm Seneca Mine prepared surface mineral collecting (separate registration required)  

Thursday July 16: 10 am to 4 pm Wolverine Mine prepared surface mineral collecting (separate registration required) 

Friday July 17: 10 am to 4 pm Seneca Mine prepared surface mineral collecting (separate registration required)

Saturday July 18: 10 am to 4 pm Central Mine prepared surface mineral collecting (separate registration required)

REGISTRATION   

Follow this link to: Register for Keweenaw Mineral Days here

To Register click the link above and you will be redirected to our online store.

There are two steps to registering:

1) General Registration (zero cost). You must be registered for a collecting event to be considered a registered participant.

Completing the General registration indicates your agreement to the Liability Release and that you will adhere to social distancing and wearing a facial covering/mask (medical or nonmedical grade). If you refuse to adhere to wearing a facial covering and social distancing when possible, your further participation in Keweenaw Mineral Days will be terminated and there will be no refund!

2) Collecting Registration. You must separately register for participation in a particular mineral collecting event. Each different mineral collecting site and day requires separate registration. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are limiting the number of participants collecting at each site so participants can readily maintain social distancing. Consequently, the collecting site registration fee compared to last year but we have lengthened the collecting time. The cost will be $75 per collecting event.

All registrants must read and agree to the Liability Release. By registering you agree to the Liability Release. 

KMD Registration and Adult Liability Waiver 2020.pdf

Parents or guardians must complete a Parental Consent for Liability Release for all participants age 12 to 17.  Ages 11 and under are not allowed on the rock pile.

KMD Liability Release for Minors 2020.pdf

Parents or guardians should scan and email completed form to Ginger Sleeman, glsleema@mtu.edu and in lieu of the form an email indicating your agreement and bring the completed form with you to the event.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

We have compiled a list, KMD Participant Recommendations 2020.pdf to help make your Keweenaw Mineral Days an enjoyable experience 

We have put together some thoughts here KMD Mineral Collecting 2020.pdf to help with your Keweenaw Mineral Days collecting experience. 

Please don't wait too long before making your reservations for lodging. If you book early, you can avoid disappointment of long drives. Keweenaw Convention & Visitors Bureau provides an excellent web site to begin your lodging search.

CONTACT PERSON

Your contact person for Keweenaw Mineral Days is Ted Bornhorst (tjb@mtu.edu).

KEWEENAW MINERAL DAYS BENEFITS THE A. E. SEAMAN MINERAL MUSEUM