4-H geology field trip camped at fairgrounds

The Jefferson County fairgrounds at Valley Falls will be headquarters this weekend for a state geology field trip.

Approximately 175 people, mostly 4-H members, will arrive by 4 p.m. Friday, June 10. Caravans of 40 and 50 cars will leave both Saturday and Sunday to explore areas of northeast Kansas.

The geology leader for Jefferson County is Denise Selbee-Koch, Oskaloosa. She along with Shawnee County project leaders, Will and Pat Gilliland, who live south of Meriden, will lead day-long excursions in search of rocks.

Collecting sites will be in the Pennsylvanian and Permian age rocks, glacial age deposits, and recent stream deposits. The majority of the sites will produce abundant Pennsylvanian and Permian fossils, rocks and minerals.

Other sites will produce rocks and minerals transported into Kansas by glaciers and streams. A stop is planned for collecting of Cretaceous igneous rocks and minerals.

“It’s a long caravan. Sometimes people think it’s a funeral,” Pat Gilliland said.

Saturday day trip will take 4-H families to sites in Jackson and Shawnee counties. Sunday they will venture into Wabaunsee, Riley, and Marshall counties.

The formal meeting Friday will start at 7 p.m. with an orientation session and an introduction to the geology of northeast Kansas. They will then break out for the workshops, including fossil identification, rock and mineral identification, lapidary, exhibit box and educational display preparation.

The younger participants will have an astronomy and meteorite session. Displays will feature a meteorite and Lake Superior Agates collected around Topeka from the Washburn University Collections.

Saturday evening events will include quiz bowl, judging contest and specimen identification.

There is also a 4-H field trip at Newton the same weekend. The Gillilands explained that the annual trip attracted so many that it had to be broken into two groups.

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