Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center will host its third annual Rockin’ at the Swamp event March 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This event provides visitors the opportunity to explore the vast world of geology, and includes activities and displays about rocks, gemstones, minerals and fossils, according to a news release.
In addition to hobbyists featuring hands-on exhibits, vendors will sell rough and polished mineral specimens and fossils.
Other thematic elements include a gold mine, geode-cutting station, treasure trail, stone craft corner, rock-climbing wall and event souvenir buckets.
At the “gold” mine people can hunt the perfect pyrite specimens for their collection. At the day’s end, children, ages 12 and younger, will enjoy the kids gold rush, which will allow younger children to go for the gold and clean out the mine.
Along the treasure trail, experienced fossil hunters and beginner rockhounds will take to the trails to hunt for stations where they will collect specimens for their own gemstone identification cards.
Children and adults can use their creative talents to produce one-of-a-kind pet rocks at the stone craft corner. These colorful stone turtles, river stones provided by Jim Stone Company, come to life with vivid shades and patterns added by visitors.
Admission is $4 for children, ages 2-17; $5 for adults; $2 for BSNC pass holders; and free for children, ages 2 and younger.
For more information, call the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, 10503 N. Oak Hills Parkway, at (225) 757-8905. http://www.brec.org/