Bring the museum to your classroom free on January 12

Hey teachers–would you like your students to experience the Rice Museum for free from the comfort of your own classroom?

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On Thursday, January 12, we will be participating in an interactive livestream event through FieldTripZoom. Curator Leslie Moclock will take your students on a tour of our phenomenal collection of petrified wood. You’ll learn all about how wood fossils form and what they can tell us about Earth’s history, from ancient life to modern mountain building.

This presentation addresses topics including ancient life, fossilization, regional geography, climate, and volcanoes. It’s geared for earth science students in grades 4-6 but those who are a little younger or a little older can appreciate it as well.

Join us next Thursday to delve deeper into Earth Science!

What: Phenomenal Petrified Wood (Grades 4-6)

Where: Your classroom, tuning into the Rice Museum via Field Trip Zoom

When: Thursday, Jan 12. Live sessions at 8:10 AM, 9:10 AM, and 12:10 PM (Pacific time)

How: If your district, classroom, or homeschool group is not subscribed to FieldTripZoom, you can access this program via a free trial. Simply send an email to freetrial@fieldtripzoom.com and request the Rice Museum’s program for January 12. (After following the link, you will have to scroll down to find our museum’s program details.)

If you are already subscribed, just log in to your account and select our program from the Zone Calendar.

FieldTripZoom partners with museums and other educational institutions all over the US to facilitate unique live and interactive educational experiences between educational content providers and K-12 educators, students and homeschoolers. We are pleased to host this opportunity on their platform.

Northwest and American Federation of Mineralogical Societies Event in Albany, Oregon

Precious gems and minerals on display in vendor's booth.Oregon state is privileged this year to be honored with the Northwest Federation of Mineralogical Societies Federation Show at the same time as the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies holds their region meeting in Albany, Oregon, July 29-31, 2016. The event is at the Linn County Fair Grounds and Expo Building just off I-5.

Presented by the Willamette Agate and Mineral Society, this year’s theme is “Treasures of the Northwest.”

Rarely do the two federations come together for a single event, so we are honored to have some of the best geologists, collectors, and rock hounds share their passion with so many in one place.

There will be over 200 display cases, and a vast variety of vendors, lectures, daily field trips to a local petrified wood locale, and a silent auction to help raise money for the group. The schedule (pdf) is packed for each day.

Some of the speakers’ topics include a learning about the fossils of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, studying rocks from a microscopic view, learning more about the newly discovered thalattosaurs, coastal rockhounding, petrified wood, and more.

There are local hotels and campgrounds offering show discounts if you are heading for the full event.

The Rice Museum representatives will be there and we hope to see you there, too!

35th Annual Portland Regional Gem and Mineral Show in Hillsboro

The 2015 Portland Regional Gem Mineral Show Association is the 35th Annual event hosted by the Portland Regional Gem and Mineral Association October 9-11, 2015.

This is one of the largest rock, gem, and mineral shows in the Pacific Northwest, bringing together over 40 dealers and hundreds of exhibits. There will be demonstrations, lectures, workshops, educational programs, specimens, and more through out the entire weekend.

Admission is $5 per day for adults. Children 12 and under are free accompanied by an adult.

The event will be at the Washington County Fair Complex across from the Hillsboro Airport in Hillsboro, Oregon.

For more information, see the 2015 Portland Regional Gem Mineral Show Association announcements and news.

July 10: Photomicrography Techniques at Geological Society of Oregon Country Meeting

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Julian Gray will be presenting “Digital Specimen Photography for Geologists,” a presentation on macrophotography and photomicrography, the photographing of things at the microscope level. The event will be at the Portland State University as part of the Geological Society of Oregon Country events.

Vesunvianite 1 Ed Scale - crystal under microscope.Geologists constantly need to depict rocks, minerals, and fossils for presentations and publications. Digital photography has extended the range of possibilities in illustrating samples. One common problem, reduced depth of field at high magnifications, is easily overcome using stacking techniques. This technique uses sharply focused portions of sequential photographs focused on different slices or stacks to produce a synthesized images in which the subject is crisply focused.

Julian Gray, executive director of the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals, is a geologist and semi-professional photographer specializing in photomicrography. He has experimented extensively with photographing through microscopes and using stacking techniques and others to produce stunning images with extensive depth of field, bringing sand, crystals, minerals, and even salt to life and shine like diamonds. Julian’s images have been published in mineral magazines and books. He is also the co-author and contributing photographer of the upcoming book, Minerals of Georgia.

For more information and directions, see their site for details.

15,000 Year Old Agate Knife Found in Oregon

Orange Agate from Rimrock Draw Rockshelter Excavation - Bureau of Land Management Oregon held in hand.OPB Radio reported on the amazing archaeological discover of a knife carved from agate currently estimated from 15,000 years ago in Eastern Oregon, evidence of what could be the oldest human occupation west of the Rocky Mountains, shaking up many theories on North American human history.

Carved from clear orange agate, the stone knife has been described as a Swiss Army Knife of its day with a serrated point edge like a saw and a steep, flaked edge used to carve wood and scrape hides and cut meat from the bones of prey. Blood found on the stone has been tested and found to be Bison antiques, an ancient ancestor of the modern bison or buffalo in North America. Continue reading

Tualatin Valley Rock and Gem Club 57th Annual Rock and Mineral Show

Tualatin Valley Gem Club 57th Annual Rock and Mineral Show flyer.The Tualatin Valley Rock and Gem Club will be hosting the 57th Annual Rock and Mineral Show on March 13-15, 2015, Friday – Sunday, at the Washington Country Fairplex in Hillsboro, Oregon, near the Hillsboro Airport.

The show features a wide range of rocks, minerals, gems, jewelry, fossils, dealers, and supplies, with exhibits, demonstrations, door prizes, and a kid’s corner. The rock show is open to families with general admission $1, children under 12 free with adult.

34th Annual Portland Regional Gem and Mineral Show in Hillsboro

The 2014 Portland Regional Gem Mineral Show Association is the 34th Annual event hosted by the Portland Regional Gem and Mineral Association October 10-12, 2014.

This is one of the largest rock, gem, and mineral shows in the Pacific Northwest, bringing together over 40 dealers and hundreds of exhibits. There will be demonstrations, lectures, workshops, educational programs, specimens, and more through out the entire weekend.

Admission is $5 per day for adults. Children 12 and under are free accompanied by an adult.

The event will be at the Washington County Fair Complex across from the Hillsboro Airport in Hillsboro, Oregon.

For more information, see the 2014 Portland Regional Gem Mineral Show Association announcements and news.

2015 Prineville Rockhound Pow Wow Scheduled

The Prineville Rockhound Pow Wow was just held and plans are underway for the 2015 event on June 18-21, 2015 at the Crook County Fairgrounds in Prineville, Oregon.

There will be more than 60 dealers seeling a wide range of lapidary materials, supplies, gifts, and equipment. Field trips will also be held around the area for families and groups digging for agate, jasper, limbcast, and petrified wood all close to town. A public auction will be held on Saturday evening at 7PM.

Prineville is considered the “heart of Oregon’s Rockhound Country.”

For more information, see the Prineville Rockhound Pow Wow site.

Rice Museum Awarded People’s Choice Award for Best Attraction in Washington County

People's Choice Award for Best Attraction from the Washington County Visitor and Tourism Bureau 2013.We are honored to announce that the Washington County Visitors Association of Oregon awarded a new “People’s Choice” award to the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals for best attraction.

The award was presented to the museum’s executive director, curator, and board members in an awards luncheon hosted by the Washington County Visitors Association (WCVA) to honor businesses, front-line employees, and leaders for their continued dedication and influence on Washington County’s tourism industry.

Since 1996, the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals has been proud to be a cherished educational resource dedicated to the preservation and instruction of mineralogy and geology in Washington County and Oregon, s well as the Pacific Northwest.

Rice Northwest Museum Honored with Cultural Tourism Award

2011 Cultural Tourism Award from the Washington County Visitors Association of Oregon to the Rice NW Rock and Mineral Museum.The Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals is proud to announce receipt of the 2012 Cultural Tourism Award from the Washington County Visitors Association of Oregon.

The annuals Stakeholder Appreciation Luncheon and Tourism Awards were held May 11, 2012, and was one of six local businesses honored with Tourism Industry Awards.