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Drew Nuttall shows off one of the specimens he discovered at Partridge Island beach during Geology Gems, a new program being offered by the Town of Parrsboro and Fundy Geological Museum.
PARRSBORO - Parrsboro rocks. Just ask those participating in Geology Gems, a new program being provided jointly by the town's recreation department and Fundy Geological Museum. The five-week program is for all ages, although it was mostly children participating in the program's first day on April 18, which involved combing the beach at Partridge Island in search of all different sorts of rocks. "It came about by a parent who suggested it, so it's something we looked at for the spring, and we were able to get it up and running," said Parrsboro recreation director Tissy Bolivar. "It's a five-week program, with two days to the beach and three days at the museum to learn about what we found, and other gems, minerals and rocks." The program is open to all ages, and takes place on Wednesdays from 2:45 to 5 p.m. The final session will take place on May 16. "It's an inter-generational program, which is what we wanted to incorporate," said Bolivar. "And we're lucky enough to have different ages in the program." This week saw the participants gather at the museum to learn about some of their discoveries at Partridge Island, and more, according to museum interpreter Courtney Gilbert. "We're going to learn about what geology is, three different rock types, some different local rocks and minerals, and we're going to learn about what's in the area," she said. "We're also going to work on identification using magnifying glasses to see how to tell the difference between different rock types." The goal of the program is simple - to learn. "We're going to do education and pick out their own specimens, and do some crafts and activities too," she said. "The idea is just to educate local children on what geology is in the area and how important it is." The next field trip will see the group visit the beach at Wasson Bluff, an internationally renowned site for its famous fossil discoveries. "The idea is to explore everything Parrsboro has to offer," said Bolivar. "It's what we're known for."