The SUPER DIG is a once a year event at the mine!
Take a Tour of the Mine.
For this event ONLY, take a Tour of the Upper Mine and Mill where you will receive a “Last day of operation” ore specimen right off the conveyor belt (certificate included).
The ever-popular Blackout Tour of the Mine “Tunnel of Love” (safety glasses required).
See the nighttime illumination of the famous “Fluorescent Wall” in the Fill Quarry.
And, collect minerals in all 3 collection areas on the property.
Standard American Federation of Mineralogical Societies safety rules apply.
Safety goggles must be worn.
Durable footwear is mandatory (no sneakers or sandals).
Work gloves are strongly recommended.
Safety glasses, Estwing hammers and UV lights are available in the museum shop.
Darkroom for inspecting your fluorescent minerals.
Electricity (in darkroom).
Off-road parking area.
For This Event ONLY:
Please note the age requirement at each site.
5 to 12 year olds can dig in the "Mine Run Dump" with an adult.
12 years and older can dig in the pits (preferably with an adult).
Child Watch is for Super Dig Participants with young children.
Event fee .............................................. $20 per person
Collecting fee ...................................... $1.50 per pound
Membership Fee for Insurance**.... $20 per person, if you need it.
Important Insurance Information:
If you are associated with a club, your club must co-sponsor the activity to be covered by Federation policies. If you have no other means of insurance, you may join one of the two sponsor organizations, Sterling Hill Mining Museum (SHMM) or the Delaware Valley Earth Science Society (DVESS), for $20 for a 1-year membership for either organization. (Proof of personal liability is acceptable.) Collectors enter any site at their own risk and must sign a hold-harmless liability waiver when registering.
** All collectors must carry liability insurance that covers damage to the property, such as the insurance offered by the Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies (EFMLS) to its affiliate clubs. View the summary of INSURANCE requirements.
To be covered under Sterling Hill’s insurance policy you must become a member:
Visit our Membership page to print and fill out the form. Check the box for “Calcite” membership level or greater.
Mail us the membership form and your check for the appropriate membership fee amount. (Please fill out one form for each attendee.)
The Sterling Hill Mining Museum will then mail back your membership card.
All attendees MUST bring their membership card on the day of the event.
Mail-in for the Super Dig insurance coverage MUST be done before April 1st or you can join on the day of the event.
All registration for the Super Dig is done through the uvworld.org website.
Hotels fill up quickly, so if you are staying in the area overnight be sure to reserve early. Visit the listings on our Area Lodging page for some local accommodation ideas.