LIMAGS is involved in the local community to further earth science education to school districts and the public. We sponsor educational programs in the earth sciences which relate to the science curriculums in the elementary and secondary schools. LIMAGS has presented a mineral identification program to 5th graders at several area elementary schools. Students learn the basics of mineral properties and identification. Demonstrations of special mineral properties such as fluorescence, magnetism, cleavage and double refraction are incorporated into the presentations. Each year we award an academic scholarship to a graduating senior who will major in one of the physical sciences such as Environmental Science, Earth Science, Chemistry, Geology or Meteorology. LIMAGS members donate mineral, rock and fossil samples to teachers in local school districts for use in their classroom and laboratory curriculum lessons. Suffolk County Community College at the Eastern Campus has received numerous samples for museum display and use in the geology program. Our annual gem and mineral show provides an opportunity not only to purchase but also learn about gems, minerals, and fossils from knowledgable sources. LIMAGS members Gene Genova, Ron Russ, Ron Lupo and Ray Giese have participated with local organizations to present LIMAGS/geology presentations. These included the Quogue Wildlife Preserve and The Pioneers. On Earth Day 2012 we led a group from the Concerned Citizens of Montauk on a geology walk at Camp Hero State Park. On March 25, 2015 LIMAGS participated in the Wenonah Elementary School Community Night entitled “Journey to the Center of the Earth.” We displayed large samples of minerals, fossils and rocks, demonstrated cabbing and showed fluorescent mineral samples. Scout packs have visited our annual mineral and gem shows to participate in activities which assisted them in earning a geology badge. On October 18, 2016 we visited the Middle Country Public Library and presented “Collecting Minerals, Fossils & Rocks on LI.” LIMAGS participated in Earth Day at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge on April 22, 2017. Our booth was visited by many people who looked at our displayed mineral/rock samples and were amazed at the process of geode cracking. Several beautiful smoky quartz and amethyst colored geodes were opened for the visitors.



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