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Popular Geology Weekend Comes To Nixon Park

The York County Department of Parks and Recreation will present the popular Geology Weekend at Nixon County Park on October 4 and 5. Hours will be 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday and noon until 4 p.m. on Sunday.

There will be a number of activities and programs for the entire family. There is a $2 admission fee per person, which is good for the entire weekend. Children ages 5 and younger and Park members are free. Admission is good for all programs and activities although there is an additional cost in purchasing minerals, fossils, rocks and lapidary items from the dealers.

The always-popular fossil pit will return, giving participants the opportunity to break their own fossils and take specimens home. These petrified wood and fern fossils are from the world-famous St. Clair, Schuylkill County site. Participants can bring a hammer, goggles and collecting bag, but the Parks will furnish them if needed.

Several rock, gem and fossils dealers will be setup inside the Nature Center.

Featured will be the Take the Time Line Walk, where participants can appreciate the Earth’s age and what has occurred along the way. The walk is laid out to a scale.

Also, going from the large crystals to very small specimens, Larry Eisenberger of Hanover will be present to show spectacular crystals under a microscope.

There will be a drawing board where children can draw their favorite mineral or fossil.

Below are the special programs scheduled for the weekend. All programs are free:

Saturday, October 4

10:30 a.m. Fun with Rocks and Minerals with geologist Jeri Jones. Take a look at some rocks and minerals using hands-on activities and understand their importance and what makes them fun to collect.

1:30 p.m. Earthquakes and Volcanoes Program with geologist Jeri Jones. Learn about the location and causes of earthquakes and volcanoes. Chances are good that “earthquakes” will occur during this program. All participants will have a chance to erupt volcanoes.

12 p.m. Tracking a Dinosaur with geologist Jeri Jones. See fossils of dinosaurs and learn how finding a single footprint can lead to a lot of information about the animal. This is an interactive program.

1:30 p.m. Earthquakes and Volcanoes Program with geologist Jeri Jones. Learn about the location and causes of earthquakes and volcanoes. Chances are good that “earthquakes” will occur during this program. All participants will have a chance to erupt volcanoes.

3 p.m. Fossils, Fossils and more Fossils with geologist Jeri Jones. An assortment of fossils will be shown. Learn how fossils help scientists recreate the past. Everyone will be able to make a fossil face.

Sunday, October 5

12:30 p.m. Fossils, Fossils and more Fossils with geologist Jeri Jones. An assortment of fossils will be shown. Learn how fossils help scientists recreate the past. Everyone will be able to make a fossil face.

1:15 p.m. Niffy Geologic Sites in Adams, Lancaster and York counties with geologist Jeri Jones. Using a PowerPoint program, we will visit some of the most interesting and famous geologic sites in the region. Chances are you may have passed several of these sites without realizing their significance.

2:45 p.m. Earthquakes and Volcanoes Program with geologist Jeri Jones. Learn about the location and causes of earthquakes and volcanoes. Chances are good that “earthquakes” will occur during this program. All participants will have a chance to erupt volcanoes.

For more information, contact the Nixon County Parks Nixon Center at (717) 428-1961 or visit www.yorkcountyparks.org. 

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