Copper Mine exploration back by popular demand

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The staff at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center was shocked when the trip they offered back in August to explore an abandoned copper mine filled up immediately, with a waiting list just as long. So, back by popular demand, is PEEC’s trip to the Nacimiento Copper Mine near Cuba.
The fall trip, led again by local geology expert Patrick Rowe, will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 5. The trip will be hands-on for both adults and children. Participants will explore the area, with ample chances to find beautiful specimens such as petrified wood.
“I can honestly say that it was one trip my whole family truly enjoyed,” Colleen Swavely said, who went on the August trip with her husband and three sons ages 7, 9 and 11. “There was a geology talk at the beginning, during which they explained the mine’s history and clean up efforts. The best part, though, was when they just let us loose to wander. The boys found interesting specimens of rocks that they wouldn‘t normally see, and they came away with a new interest in geology. We packed a picnic lunch, and had fun exploring with our friends. Honestly, nobody wanted to leave!”

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