One of the most popular pastimes in Arizona is rock hunting. Get the hard facts on Arizona’s rocks and minerals from 9 to11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 28 at The Nature Conservancy’s Hassayampa River Preserve in Wickenburg.
Local gem and mineral hobbyist Dale Keiser will present the basics of locating and identifying rocks and minerals common to the Vulture, Bradshaw and Weaver Mountain ranges. Bring rock samples for help with identification.
The class will be followed by an optional 1-hour walk to explore rocks at the preserve.
Class fee is $5 per person, $3 for Conservancy members. Kids 12 and under and Friends of the Hassayampa are free. Fee includes access to preserve trails before and after the class.
The 770-acre Hassayampa River Preserve is located on Highway 60 three miles southeast of Wickenburg at milepost 114. It was created in 1987 to protect a rare desert cottonwood/willow streamside habitat that attracts more than 280 species of birds annually and supports diverse plant and animal communities.