New! Wire Wrapping Class at Rice Museum Summer Festival!

Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals is thrilled to announce that Sharleen Harvey will be teaching a wire wrapping class during our annual Summer Festival.

The class will be Saturday, August 3, from 10:00 AM-3:00 PM and costs $75. The class includes 5 hours of instruction, a cabochon, all the materials you need to create your own work of art, and admission to the festival and museum after the class. Space is limited, so register today. Click here to register!

Walt Wright Petrified Wood Seminar at Fossil Fest in August

August 10, 11, and 12, 2014, will be Walt Wright’s Petrified Wood Seminar at the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals, hosted by the North American Research Group (NARG Paleo).

Walt Wright is a leading expert in petrified wood. His popular seminar will be held in conjunction with the NARG Northwest Fossil Fest on August 9th, also at the museum.

Walt Wright expert on petrified wood - courtesy of North Orange County Gem and Mineral Society.

The 3 day workshop has two registration options within and without lunch for $90 and $110 respectively.

Walt Write is an expert Botanist, Ecologist, Geologist, and Paleobotanist from Brea, California, with extensive professional experience as a Naturalist for the U.S. Forest Service in the Angeles Forest, education and research at the University of California, Riverside, and as consultant to federal government agencies on endangered species restoration and resource mitigation. Continue reading

Faceting Classes 2013 – 2014 Schedule

Columbia-Willamette_Faceters_Guild_logo.Classes are finished for this year.

The Columbia Willamette Faceters Guild has released its schedule of classes for Beginning Gemstone Faceting at the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals for the 2013-2014 year. If you would like information on these and future classes, please contact them directly, not the museum.

Participants and students are introduced to the theory and techniques of faceting gemstones. During the course, students will facet one or two gemstones with material and equipment provided by the Faceter’s Guild. Students gain sufficient knowledge to continue faceting on their own.

The classes are held in the Rice NW Museum’s Faceting Lab. The classes offer 20 hours of instruction across 5 classes from 1PM to 5PM.

You have a choice of a 5 week class schedule on Saturdays or a 3 week class schedule of 3 Saturdays and 2 Sundays.

Class fees are $135.00 per person.

  • First session: September 14, 21, 28 – October 5, 12, 2013
  • Second session: October 26, 27 – November 2, 3, 9, 2013
  • Third session: Nov. 23, Dec. 7, 14, 28 – Jan. 4, 2013
  • Fourth session: Jan. 18, 25 – Feb. 1, 8, 15, 2014
  • Fifth session: March 1, 2, 8, 9 & 15, 2014
  • Sixth session: March 29 – April 5, 12, 26, & May 3, 2014
  • Seventh session: May 17, 18, 31 – June 1, 7, 2014