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Treasure Mine Adventure Tour at Patterson Farm

Jerry Blackwelder

Patterson Farm Market & Tours, Inc. is thrilled to offer a new Treasure Mine Adventure at our farm.  The addition of the Treasure Mine Adventure offers Patterson Farm additional educational opportunities to discuss the difference between rocks and minerals, their lifecycle, fossils, arrowheads and the Native American culture, and much, much more. The Treasure Mine Adventure is also a birthday party option.

The Treasure Mine sluice was hand built and specially designed for Patterson Farm by Tim Wright.  The Mine itself is a farm history lesson-it includes several pieces of old farm equipment.  After selecting their Mining “Rough”, participants will head on over to the Mining Sluice, which is a wooden water tower that water runs through a series of troughs. Participants will take their bag of mining “rough” and pour it into a sluice box, shift and shake their box, and the water will wash the dirt away slowly revealing their found treasure. After discovering their gems, fossils, or arrowheads, guests will be given an identification card to accurately identify exactly what they found. They will be able to take their treasures and ID Card home. 

Treasure Mine Adventure Tours

Summer Edition: June 12 – August 25, 2017

Monday-Friday by appointment for Groups of 10 or more

Wednesday-Saturday Walkins (Less then 10 people) 9:30, 10:30, 11:30 & 12:30

 

$8.88/person + tax = $9.50 for basic Mining Mix
Children under 2 admitted FREE   (No Free Mining Rough)

All attending parents and siblings (24 months and older) must pay.

Teachers & Paid Staff: Free Admittance*

 

Treasure Mine Theater- Choose which lesson focus you prefer:

Gem Mining Tour: A Rock or A Mineral
Students will participate in an interactive outdoor classroom learning and investigating the differences between rocks and minerals and the life cycle of rocks. Students will have a hands-on learning experience at the Mining Sluice, where they will discover and identify various minerals and gemstones.

Fossil Mining Tour: Focus on Fossils
Students will engage in an interactive outdoor classroom learning the importance of fossils and investigate the factors needed for fossil formation. Students will have a hands-on learning experience at the Mining Sluice, where they will discover and identify various fossils. 

Arrowhead Mining Tour: The Focus of Native Americans
Students will be taken back in time during an interactive outdoor learning experience about Native American culture. Students will learn now arrowheads benefited the American natives lifestyle. Students will have a hands-on learning experience at the Mining Sluice, where they will discover and identify the use of various arrowheads.

Seashell Mining Tour:  Focus on life under the Sea
Student will discover life below the sea in this mining adventure.  Students will have a hands-on learning experience at the Mining Sluice, where they will discover and identify various   shells & Shark teeth.

Also Includes:

  • Treasure Mine Adventure– Our Mining Sluice is a lesson in itself!  Hand-built and designed specifically for our farm using old farm equipment, the sluice itself is an opportunity to learn about farm history. After their lesson, students will make their way to the Mining Sluice, which is a wooden water tower that water runs through a series of troughs. Students will take their bag of mining “rough” and pour it into a sluice box. Each student will shift and shake their box, and the water will wash the dirt away slowly revealing their found treasure. After each student discovers their gems, fossils, or arrowheads, they will be given an identification card to accurately identify exactly what they found. When the exercise is complete, students will keep their found treasure and the ID card to take home.
  •  Pappaw Carl’s Playground & Picnic Area
  •  Hands on Activity
  •  Rock ID Brochure

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