Arizona – Sonora Desert Museum: Mountains, Mines and Minerals

Join us for a trip to an old mining site.

The day begins with a class on mineral properties and identification. We then head to the mountains to collect chrysocolla, malachite, pyrite, garnet and other Arizona minerals. While in the field we learn about ore bodies, alteration and bedrock, as well as the life and times of the people who scraped a living as prospectors and miners 100 years ago. Member price is 10% less.

Where to Meet:   Education Annex

What to Bring:   Sack lunch, water in a reusable water bottle, notepad and pencil, walking stick (optional), and knee pads for protection (optional).

What to Expect:   We begin with a classroom session on mineral identification, then load into vans and go into the field. Collecting will be on rocky slopes and uneven terrain. Total hiking distance is one and a half miles. Wear comfortable, sturdy footwear, long pants and bring a jacket. There are no restrooms in the field. Program will operate rain or shine.

Cancellation:   If cancellation is made more than 15 days in advance, payments will be refunded minus a $25 administrative fee. No refunds can be made within 15 days.

Questions:   Please contact the Reservations Coordinator at or by phone at 883-3025.

  • Audience: Teen, Adult
  • Genre: Sustainability & Earth Sciences
  • Type: Workshop

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Feb 04 2022


8:00 am - 5:00 pm



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