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crunchynerd
08-24-2012, 10:09 PM
My daughter LOVES rocks. It runs in our family; my mother could never go anywhere without bringing home rocks in her purse. I grew up with a large chunk of petrified wood, and a copralite (fossilized dinosaur poop) in our living room.

Anyway, I want to check out all possibilities for her in Maine, which appears to be a rockhound's paradise in many ways. The hard part is, the meetings and such are usually adults, and whether they are youth or adult, all meet in the evening right when we are getting the kids to bed.

Anyone else have a young rockhound with an early bedtime, and what was your solution?

dbmamaz
08-24-2012, 11:18 PM
there is a mine locally that allows groups to come pick through rocks. not sure how common that is. caves?

inmom
08-25-2012, 07:25 AM
Do the state parks in Maine offer any programs?

Deli76
08-25-2012, 10:11 AM
State and National Parks, colleges that are in the area may have some info of where you can go and dont forget the legalities. Some parks do not allow for any type of item to be removed, you can look in local rivers (we found a tomahawk once), nature trails. We grew up fossil hunting, I still do it to this day. The kids and hubby arent into it like I am, and we have dinosaur tracks here!!! Fossil hunters paradise! The National and State Parks here hold classes for the kids and teach them tons of stuff. See if they may have a similar program. I saw that maine has a program called "maine kids" at maine.gov and another one called "hikes with kids" at the Miane tourism web site. I hope they can help you.

Maine Secretary of State Kids: State Parks & Other Public Parks (http://maine.gov/sos/kids/about/state_parks.htm)

Hikes with Kids - Maine Office of Tourism (http://www.visitmaine.com/attractions/outdoor_recreation_sports_adventure/hiking_walking/hikes_with_kids/)

crunchynerd
08-27-2012, 01:46 PM
State and National Parks, colleges that are in the area may have some info of where you can go and dont forget the legalities. Some parks do not allow for any type of item to be removed, you can look in local rivers (we found a tomahawk once), nature trails. We grew up fossil hunting, I still do it to this day. The kids and hubby arent into it like I am, and we have dinosaur tracks here!!! Fossil hunters paradise! The National and State Parks here hold classes for the kids and teach them tons of stuff. See if they may have a similar program. I saw that maine has a program called "maine kids" at maine.gov and another one called "hikes with kids" at the Miane tourism web site. I hope they can help you.

Maine Secretary of State Kids: State Parks & Other Public Parks (http://maine.gov/sos/kids/about/state_parks.htm)

Hikes with Kids - Maine Office of Tourism (http://www.visitmaine.com/attractions/outdoor_recreation_sports_adventure/hiking_walking/hikes_with_kids/)

Thanks for those links! I will check them out!

hockeymom
08-27-2012, 02:05 PM
Oh, there was just an expedition this summer for local homeschoolers; we didn't go so I don't remember the place. But here's a list of places to start. There are TONS of opportunities in Maine:

Maine Outdoor Living: Hiking and Rock-Hounding in Western Maine (http://maineoutdoorliving.blogspot.com/2012/06/hiking-and-rock-hounding-in-western.html)

Maine Outdoor Journal | Kid Tracks: Gem hunting with teens at Mt. Apatite (http://maineoutdoorjournal.mainetoday.com/blogentry.html?id=19601)

Maine Geological Survey: Mineral Collecting in Maine (http://www.maine.gov/doc/nrimc/mgs/explore/minerals/index.htm)

Maine Mineralogy Expeditions (http://www.rocksme.biz/)

Also, things like mica and feldspar were heavily mined in our area (midcoast) and can be found all over. Places like Bradbury State Park have accessible old mines you can explore and collect some gorgeous pieces.

Have fun!

hockeymom
08-27-2012, 02:14 PM
Here's another local place with tons of opportunities and links:

History and Geology Resources | Cathance River Education Alliance (http://creamaine.org/school-programs/history-and-geology-resources/)

They offer fantastic classes for kids and families.