Marsha  Harmon

Has been the Field Trip Coordinator for the Franklin Gem and Mineral Society for the last six years and also runs the education/ tours program for the club. She has taught Mineral ID here for six years and is connected to the Southeastern Federation of Mineral Societies. Her knowledge of regional rock and mineral locations, tied to her years of teaching for the USN, provides an exceptional experience in rock hounding and basic mineral identification.

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Mineral Identification - Marsha Harmon
Students can expect to collect rocks in nature 4 full days, observe wonderful area museums, work a sluice mine, learn to pan gold in the stream, and learn the basics of mineral identification as it applies to most locations. WNC specimens are not limited to but include ruby, sapphire, garnets, smaragdite, gold, quartz, moonstone, feldspar and staurolite. Bagged lunches will be provided by the cafeteria. Larger classes may require additional transportation at which time gas will be paid for by the class. Class fee covers everything except a rock hammer, wading boots or water shoes, an old towel, entry into a museum $9 and a $10 bucket from the sluice mine. Contact Marsha with any questions at: or 828-369-7262.

Lab Fee: $50.00
Estimated Materials Cost: 0
Consumables Fee: $0.00
Prerequisites: You must be able to climb a hill (at a 45 degree incline for 150 ft), wade across streams (up to 30 inches deep) and get really dirty, while having lots of fun!

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