Skip to content.



The Minnesota DNR website: Digging into Minnesota Minerals contains information about various fossils found in Minnesota and offers collecting tips.

Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey

Minnesota Geologic Survey

The Minnesota Geologic Survey publishes an educational series titled Minnesota at a Glance. Titles include Fossil collecting in the Twin Cities area.

Rockhound site on the web from the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies

Information and photographs of birds

Information about birding clubs and birds all over the world

Information on all sorts of adventures around Minnesota

Insect descriptions, photographs, cultural information, educational resources, other insect links

This Environmental Education for Kids site contains nature notes, information about the earth, riddles, tree identification, rainy day activities and more.

Local Clubs and Meeting Information

Minnesota Ornithologist's Union meets at the Bell Museum of Natural History on the University of Minnesota Campus. Details are available on their web site along with information about birding related activities in Minnesota.

The Minnesota Herpetological Society (reptiles and amphibians).


Billions of Years in Minnesota: The Geologic Story of the State
Edmund C. Bray; St. Paul, The Science Museum of Minnesota, 1985.

Minnesota's Geology
ISBN 0816609535; Richard W. Ojakangas, Charles L. Matsch; Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press, 1982.

Minnesota Underfoot: A Field Guide to the State's Outstanding Geologic Features
ISBN 0896580369; Constance Jefferson Sansome; Voyageur Press, 1983.

Rock Pickers Guide to Lake Superior's North Shore
ISBN 096737930X; Kollath Stensaas, Mark Stensaas; Duluth, Kollath-Stensaas Publishing, 1999.

Lake Superior Agate
ISBN 1581752067; Scott F. Wolter; Minneapolis, Lake Superior Agate, Inc. 1986.

Midwest Gem, Fossil and Mineral Trails: Great Lakes States
ISBN 1889786063; June Culp Zeitner; Baldwin Park, CA, Gem Guides Book Company, 1999.

Midwest Gem, Fossil and Mineral Trails: Prairie States
ISBN 0935182942; June Culp Zeitner; Baldwin Park, CA, Gem Guides Book Company, 1998.

Amphibians and Reptiles of the Great Lakes Region
ISBN 0472066285; James H. Harding; Ann Arbor, University of Michigan Press, 1997.

The Mammals of Minnesota
ISBN 0816609527; Evan B. Hazard; Minneapolis, University of Minnesota Press, 1982.

Tracking and the Art of Seeing: How to Read Animal Tracks and Sign
ISBN 0062735241; Paul Rezendes; New York, Firefly Books, 1999.

The Practical Entomologist
ISBN 0671746952; Rick Imes; New York, Simon and Schuster/Fireside, 1992.