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Renfrew geology trip includes panning for gold

April 22, 2013

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Area residents can try their hand at panning for gold when geologist Jeri Jones leads a fossil-hunting field trip from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 4. The trip is sponsored by Renfrew Institute in partnership with the Franklin County Rock & Mineral Club.

Pans and mineral collection containers will be supplied, and anyone who has a sluice box may bring it along.

The trip also includes stops at the Vulcan Materials quarry in Buckeystown, Md., and the Specialty Granules quarry in Blue Ridge Summit, Pa.

Those joining the trip should bring collecting gear such as buckets, hammers and newspaper, and wear clothing appropriate for digging fossils. Hats and sunscreen are recommended, and cameras are welcome. Participants should also bring a bag lunch and beverage. Participants will eat lunch at Washington Monument park near Boonsboro. There will be a dinner stop at the Cozy Restaurant in Thurmont, Md. Food is not included in the cost of trip.

Departure is from the lower parking lot of Renfrew Museum and Park in Waynesboro at 8:30 a.m. Transportation is by bus only. Seating is limited and registration is required. The cost for adults is $30; $15 for ages 7 to 15. Renfrew Institute member discount is $5 per seat. For more information or to register, call 717-762-0373, email to renfrewinst@innernet.net.

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