Thursday, April 16, 2009

2009 Gila Water Festival

This will be the fifth (maybe sixth) year that the Rolling Stones will participate in the Gila Water Festival. It's an educational field trip for fourth-graders to the Gila River at the Nature Conservancy's Lichty Center east of Cliff put on by the Gila Conservation Education Center.

For our part, we teach the kids the hobby of gold panning. Throughout the day we have about ten groups of fourth-graders for about 20 minutes each. We give each child a pan of river sand salted with "gold" BBs , then show them how to remove the sand, leaving the "gold" at the bottom of the pan. You can't believe how excited they get when they find the BBs!

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS (the more the merrier) to help set up and demonstrate the technique. Experience is not necessary—remember, even the fourth-graders pick it up quite easily. We'll meet on Thursday, May 14th, at the Lichty Center about 8:30 to set up, and start with the kids about 9:15. We usually wrap things up about 2:00 or 2:30. PLEASE try to join us. Contact Kyle ASAP at or 538-5706. It's a great way to spend the day by the Gila!

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