ELLERBE — Children and teens can dig for gemstones and begin their own rock collections during a free geology dig and workshop July 19 at the Rankin Museum of American Heritage.
The event is limited to the first 80 registered students ages preschool through 16 and registration is first-come, first-served. Groups of 20 students will be led through four workshops planned at 8,9,10 and 11 a.m.
In each workshop, children will travel through three stations. In the first station, students will start a rock collection with three types of rock formations found in Richmond County. They’ll learn how pebbles are formed and play a game with pebbles in the second station.
At the final station, participants will dig for gemstones, learn how minerals form crystals and complete their rock collections. Students and parents can tour the Rankin Museum for free after each workshop.
To register for the geology dig, call the museum between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays at 910-652-6378.
The Rankin Museum of American Heritage is located at 131 Church St. in Ellerbe.