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Learning Center Schedule

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Learning Center  - Saturday

11am - Steve Woodruff - Fabulous Keokuk Geodes
Steve brings his beautiful geodes to our show for purchase and to be cracked open  for eyes to see the mystery inside -crystals, minerals, and sometimes  even water. Hear 1st hand how he mines them at his farm in Missouri.
12pm - Tim Hart - Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?
(When it comes to Herkimer Diamonds, Gems, Minerals and Fossils)
Tim taught 5th grade in Central Square for 30 years. He will share some of his mineral and fossil hunting adventure. Over the years he has taken over 3,000 students and parents Herkimer Diamond hunting. Tim will discuss locations for collecting and pass around some of his specimens. There will not be a test afterward.
1:30 - Len Sharp - Extinctions: Past , Present and Future
Are you aware that 95% of all life on Earth almost disappeared? 65 million years ago a very successful form of life- the dinosaurs- were wiped from the face of the planet?  Some scientists are claiming that we are at present, in a period of Earth’s history that may be observing the greatest of all extinctions of life. What are some of the future cataclysmic events that Earth may face and life become limited or extinct? This lecture will explore a few of the major thoughts surrounding major extinctions.
Len is a retired Liverpool HS Earth Science teacher, adjunct instructor at LeMoyne College and , he has been the recipient of many awards including the 1996 Presidential  Awardee in Science Teaching.
3pm - Dave Millis- All the Facts About Quartz
Dave, our Rock Doc, will discuss everything you wanted to know about quartz including what causes the various colors and structures. He will cover the uses of quartz in radios, clocks and computers.
4pm - Kris Faso - Voices of the Stone
Seer, psychic, medium - Kris is a part of the metaphysical area of our show. Join Kris as he waves stories of the stones and shares how they communicate signs, verification and messages to us from the natural world. Kris believes very stone has a story to foretell or speak of relative to our environment, history, earth walk.  Kris (The Stoneman) was raised on the shores of Lake Ontario, his passion for collecting stones began there.

Learning Center - Sunday


11am - Steve Woodruff - Fabulous Keokuk Geodes
Steve brings his beautiful geodes to our show for purchase and to be cracked open  for eyes to see the mystery inside -crystals, minerals, and sometimes  even water. Hear 1st hand how he mines them at his farm in Missouri.
12:30pm - Rick Moore- Evolution of Dinosaurs into Birds
Recently, fossils of early birds and their most immediate predecessors have been collected at an unprecedented rate from Mesozoic-aged rocks worldwide. This wealth of new fossils has settled the centuries old controversy of the origin of birds.  Today, we can safely declare that birds evolved from a group of dinosaurs known as therapods, which were generally small meat-eating dinosaurs that include the Velocirapter of Jurassic Park fame. Rick is leader of our club’s Junior Rockhounds and our webmaster.