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So you chose Arkansas? There were a lot of great things to see there!

Let's go find my mom and tell her the good news!!  "Hey mom!  Guess toby-momwhat? My friend and I did some research for our summer vacation and we want to go to Arkansas!!"

"Well Toby, why do you want to go to Arkansas?  There there is probably nothing good to see there," mom said.

I took out our notes and showed it to my mom of the things we had found out about traveling to Arkansas.  She looked carefully at them and then she said, "Toby, if you can find a place in Arkansas that specializes in rocks or fossils, then we can go to Arkansas for our vacation."

"Yippee!!!  Did you hear that?  We can go to Arkansas if we can find a place that has rocks or fossils.  Let's get busy!!!

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Have you ever been to Arkansas before or know anything about it?  If you do, there is a space on the worksheet to write it down.  Leave it blank if you have never been there before.

I've never been to Arkansas, but my dad has.  Let's go ask him for some information. 

"Hey Dad!  Can you please help my friend and I?  Dad says if we can findToby's
                                                          dad a place to find rocks in Utah, he would agree to go to Utah.  Do you know of any places in Utah that we can go find rocks?"

"Well Toby, I do.  When I was younger, my mom and dad took me to Arkansas and we went rock collecting.  The first place we went to was Ron Coleman's Crystal Mine.  That was a lot of fun.  Last week I was searching the internet for places that we might visit and I found a place that you can search for diamonds. It's called Crater of Diamonds State Park.  I think that might be a good place to go on our vacation So you might trying looking up those places."

crystalLet's go searching for information!!  Look over these links on Ron Coleman's Crystal Mine.  Write down on your paper interesting facts about going crystal hunting.
 
topazRon Coleman's Crystal Mine
Coleman Crystal Mine - YouTube Video

Digging Crystals and the Crystal Mine
Ron Coleman Mine Traveler Reviews

Now that we have studied about the Crystal Mine, let's see what we can find on diamonds and Crater of Diamonds State Park.  Here are some links to explore.  Make sure to write down any interesting facts on your paper.


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Crater of Diamonds State Park 1
Latest Recorded Finds
Digging for Diamonds
Crater of Diamonds State Park 2
Crater of Diamonds State Park 3
Crater of Diamonds State Park -
YouTube video


Look over your paper and help me decide whether to go to Ron Coleman's Crystal Mine in Garland County or Crater of Diamonds State Park in Pike County.  When you have made your decision, click on the matching link below.



I thought maybe we should look into what we need to know about rock rock rulescollecting.  Check out these sites below

Rock Hounds with Rocky
RockhoundKids.com
Let's Go Rocking! - information on rockhounding

Rockhounding Arkansas
Rock Collecting for Kids
Guide to Collecting Rocks
Hobbies for Kids - Rock Collecting


Is your worksheet all filled out?  Yes?  Good!  Now look over your paper and help me decide whether to go to Ron Coleman's Crystal Mine in Garland County or to Crater of Diamonds State Park in Pike County.  When you have made your decision, click on the matching link below.





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crater of diamond

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Rand McNally - Arkansas map