Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Thursday, June 19, 2014, 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Thursday, July 17, 2014, 10:00 am to 12:30 PM
- On July 17 only, sack lunch at the picnic tables on the property immediately after the digging concludes at about 12:30 pm (optional)
Livingstones Rock Ranch
4216 S. Saltese Lake Rd, Greenacres, WA 99016
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During the adventure tour, guests will have the opportunity to hike through fields of wildflowers and pine forest while learning about local geological formative events and how they impacted the formation of our aquifer; inspect rocks from Mt. Spokane, a metamorphic core complex; see glacial erratics in the foothills of Mica Peak and lake bottom sedimentary rocks found on mountain-tops in North Idaho!
We'll go to owner Steve Livingstone's Mineral Museum and Identification Lab plus Gem Hill for digging. The best part is taking home everything you find to add to your own collection. It's all yours to keep!
At the Mineral Museum and Identification Lab, where students get hands-on experiments with Moh's hardness scale, handle fossils and ores from around the world, and see a variety of interactive displays of rock types, crystal formations and the processes of mining important minerals from Earth's crust.
And then the frenzy begins when we head to Gem Hill to dig for iron pyrite, quartz and fluorite crystals, obsidian, agate, petrified wood, jaspers and many more exciting rocks and minerals. The best part is taking home everything you find to add to your own collection. It's all yours to keep!
Visit the Rock Ranch “Lapidary Gift Shop” where you can purchase rocks, minerals and fossils gathered from all over the world. We also carry new and used equipment to tumble, cut and polish your own stone creations. Bead and gemstone objects of art and jewelry, handcrafted by Debbie Livingstone, are available here as well.
What to wear/bring: Much of the time will be spent outside digging in dirt on a hill so dress accordingly. No flip flops. Bring your camera! You may want to bring spending money for the Gift Shop. On July 17 only, bring a sack lunch (optional)
Ages: All ages are welcome, however the property, hills, and hike is not conducive to wheelchairs or strollers. There will be a lot of digging tools outside for all the diggers to borrow. There are many valuable artifacts and tools inside the buildings that the kids can't touch. You may or may not want your littlest ones in this environment. You know what's best for your child.
Fees: All attendees (adults and kids) must register and pay!
- Diggers/Keepers: $12.50 per person for anyone age 4 and older who is digging and taking home what they discover.
- Non-Diggers/Non-Keepers: $7.50 per person for anyone age 4 and older who is NOT digging and NOT taking home anything.
- Children 0-3 are free and are not included in our head count.
- Adults must register and pay. If they are digging/keeping, the fee is $12.50 per adult. If they are not digging/keeping, the fee is $7.50 per adult.
Tour limits: 30 people max
Payment is required in advance via Paypal, credit card, debit card, or check. There is no "Pay at the Door." Your spots with our group are saved when payment is received. Payment is due by one week before the activity. If payment is not received by then, your reservation will be cancelled.
Cancellation Policy: You can have a full refund if you contact Exploring Families by one week before the activity. There is no refund if you cancel within one week of this activity.