Rock IdentificationAlumni info

What should I do first?

We kindly ask you to call or email the department to see what days and times are available.

*****Due to public health concerns about the coronavirus, we will be suspending Rock I.D. for the semester. Thank you for your understanding.*****

***Note: Please keep in mind that Rock I.D. hours change every semester. However, we should have the most updated hours for the current semester posted.***

I have called! Now what?


The place to go first is LFG 104; after that you will be directed to the location where the Rock ID will be examined.

Where can I park?

You have three options:

  1. The closest parking lot to our building available for visitors are the meters in next to the Lied Library (Fees are $1/hour).
  2. The second closest parking lot to our building is the Cottage Grove Parking Garage (4 minute walk) where parking passes are required. Temporary permits can be purchased through the Parking & Transportation Services located in the Claude I. Howard Building or online at
  3. Lot S is the only free parking lot on campus located at the corner of Harmon and Swenson. Unfortunately it is about 1 mile away from our building (About a 13 minute walk)

Important Information

– Rock IDs are visual inspections
– There is a limit of 3 rocks
– The Geoscience Department does not keep any rocks or minerals.
– The Geoscience Department at the University of Nevada Las Vegas does not buy the minerals or rocks.
– The Department of Geoscience does not give monetary value to the rocks and minerals brought in.