Hi, I'm Bob Jackson, a retired geologist. I've been collecting minerals, fossils, and plain ol' pretty rocks since I was a Cub Scout, and now I'm ... well, practically a fossil myself. While working as a collector for museums, I've acquired some world class collecting localities.
In 1983, after running school field trips for my wife's 3rd grade classes, I founded Geology Adventures, which now provides collecting opportunities and learning experiences to over 1500 people per year. If collecting abundant mineral specimens amid spectacular mountain scenery appeals to you, try our Rock Candy or Rockin adventures.
If your kids think getting dirty in search of crystal or fossil treasures would be fun, join us for a day of exciting, educational exploration on our Crystal Kid or Amber trips; or join one of our 3 to 5 day "Rockin" summer adventures across the west, collecting goodies as we go.
If adventure travel is what you crave, join us for amazing collecting experiences in Australia, Spain and South Africa. See you in the hills!
Geology for Rockhounds class
Bob teaches this popular prospecting course indoors, usually during winter or spring. You’ll have 2 days of fun with pretty rocks, and a few ugly ones, as you learn to identify which rock types and structures to look in for crystals, agates, and gems.
No science or geology background is needed. The class is jargon-free. You’ll learn to interpret the often confusing information in geologic reports, maps, and other references. By the end of this class, you’ll be able to recognize clues to geologic goodies from a distance, you’ll know which construction areas and road cuts are worth a look, and you’ll have the confidence to walk away from over-dug localities to find new ones nearby.
- Usually taught on two consecutive Saturdays, in the Seattle area. Or can be presented for your group at any NW location.
- For groups, minimum number of participants is 15.
- This is an adult course, but interested teenagers are welcome.
Our Almost Annual Open House is taking a break this year. We'll be back in fall, 2017.
Tucson show, where we meet collectors at the Westward Look show, or nitely at the B-Line Cafe, on 4th Ave. Email us to arrange to see our newest production.
When: March 13 & 20, 2016 Where: Maple Valley, WA What: Two days of fun with a bunch of pretty rocks. Learn prospecting secrets and how to find your own localities.
Come along as we go Rockin' Across the Cascades, and you'll explore the way Washington & BC Canada was assembled. Our state contains pieces of ancient sea floor, volcanic islands, fossil-rich sediments, and huge masses of magma crystallized into granites, porphrys, andesites and basalts. At the end of our trip, you'll be able to identify these and other rock types, and will have collected heaps of the beautiful gems, fossils, and crystals they contain.
The Klondike Mountain formation, exposed near Republic, contains abundant fossil plants from the tropical forest which once covered Washington. Everyone will find interesting fossils at this very easy access locality, which is stop #4 on our three days of family geology adventure.
Our newest adventure is in Spain, home to the world's best pyrite collecting, fabulous fluorite and the type locality for aragonite. Friendly people, easy accommodations, history at your doorstep, and great food make traveling there a pleasure. We meet you at Barcelona airport, and step immediately back in time to the 9th century. On our first nite, we sleep in comfort at a castle originally built before 900 AD Our first collecting stop is on Day 2, finding pyrite cubes at the world famous mines in Navajun. Over 3 days time, you'll collect abundant pyrite in 3 different habits, including world class cubes and bars at localities not open to the public.
We'll continue our journey thru Spain's mini-Alps, the Picos de Europa. In the Picos, we'll visit the largest cave in Spain, and collect beautiful fluorite while exploring the eye-catching scenery produced when Spain smashed into France, along what is now the Atlantic coast. Using Bob's contacts, we'll visit great private collections and share the expertise of local collectors. Join us for an exhilerating experience in one of Europe's most ancient cultures. 13 days of fun in the sun!