Registration open for ‘Families in the Outdoors: Rocks, Gems & Dirt!’ April 18

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DOVER-FOXCROFT — Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District (PCSWCD) has opened registration for the second session in its popular Families in the Outdoors series, Rocks, Gems & Dirt! This event will take place at the Law Farm in Dover-Foxcroft from 1-4 p.m. on Thursday, April 18.

For each session of Families in the Outdoors, we will be outside, celebrating the fun and interesting offerings each season brings us. For the Rocks, Gems & Dirt! event, we will be exploring Spring in all its muddy glory. Join us to hear from Fred of Northern Maine Minerals in Greenville. Fred is going to be bringing all kinds of interesting rocks, crystals and fossils to check out, will talk to us about the tools used to find these neat specimens, how to find special rocks in your backyard and lead us in a fun fossil-finding activity! If that wasn’t enough, the folks from Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District will have you looking at dirt in a whole new way – teaching that soil is life, has several textures and colors and so much more. We will even dabble in some soil painting – who knew?

The Families in the Outdoors program was started in 2018 from a grant received by the Davis Conservation Foundation. The goal of this program is to engage with families outdoors and provide fun, educational opportunities to learn and play together. In 2018, we explored the world of trees, Maine wildlife and learned to navigate the woods. We started out our 2019 program with a guided snowshoe at the Law Farm where we found snowshoe hare, coyote, deer and even lynx tracks in the snow! We encourage everyone to join us for this great program. Bring your kids, grandchildren or even a family friend and enjoy the great outdoors with us. This program is recommended for adults and children ages 5+.

To join us, you must register by contacting the PCSWCD at 564-2321 ext. 3, or on our website at Information about Families in the Outdoors and registration information can also be found on our Facebook page at There is a small registration fee per person, which supports our conservation education programs.

Come have some fun in the mud with the PCSWCD on April 18 with our Families in the Outdoors: Rocks, Gems & Dirt event!

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