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Bushy Hill Nature Center Workshops

Last Updated Apr. 22, 2019

Bushy Hill is pleased to offer the following workshops

Crack Your Own Geodes Workshop
with Ron Nemeth
The best geodes in the world are used in these workshops for people of all ages to enjoy. The two main types of geodes, Las Choyas Coconut and Trancas, both come from lava flows from thousands of volcanic eruptions that occurred over one hundred million years ago in what is now the province of Chihuahua, Mexico, about 220 miles south of El Paso, Texas. Bubbles of lava slowly cooled over time trapping gases, elements and minerals that, inside Las Choyas Coconut Geodes (called coconut because they have a hollow interior like coconuts), formed beautiful crystals of quartz in clear, light blue, light to very dark grey, lavender, and, in some of them, beautiful purple amethyst quartz crystal formations.

The Trancas Geodes, formed in similar ways to the Las Choyas, have beautiful combinations of quartz in clear, light blue, snow, light to a very dark grey, and sometimes spectacular stalactite and stalagmite formations, like crystal caves.

All geodes are of high quality, at least 2.5″ in size, and guaranteed to be hollow and gorgeous inside!

Pricing includes all tools and materials, a geode, and an additional special surprise gift!

Let’s Get Cracking!

Geode Rockin’ Night Out for Adults

When: Thursday, May 9th 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Price*: $20 for the first geode, $10 for each additional geode. Includes geode, tools and materials, and a surprise geology-related gift!
*Price per participating person; visitors who are not cracking a geode are welcome to attend for free.
Location: Bushy Hill Nature Center Classroom

Ron Nemeth brings a collection of Las Choyas Coconut Geodes and Trancas Geodes for participants to crack open and discover the treasure each holds inside. Learn how these beautiful rocks and crystals formed millions of years ago and what it takes to harvest them from the Earth’s crust. All geodes will be at least 2.5 inches in diameter and superior quality. These geodes are guaranteed to be hollow and gorgeous inside!

Participants are invited to bring snacks and beverages of their choice for themselves or to share.

Geode - Adult

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    Payment is to be made at the door on the day of the event!

Geode Rockin’ Afternoon, Youngster’s Edition (ages 3-6 years)

When: Sunday, May 12th 12:15pm – 12:45pm
Price*: $20 for the first geode, $10 for each additional geode. Includes geode, tools and materials, and a surprise geology-related gift!
*Price per participating person; visitors who are not cracking a geode are welcome to attend for free.
Location: Bushy Hill Nature Center Classroom

Children ages 3-6 are invited to join Ron Nemeth when he brings a collection of Las Choyas Coconut Geodes and Trancas Geodes for participants to crack open and discover the treasure each holds inside. Learn how these beautiful rocks and crystals formed millions of years ago and what it takes to harvest them from the Earth’s crust.

BONUS FREE PROGRAM: Stick around to meet our resident reptiles from 1:00-2:00 when Ron teaches “Reptiles with Ron” after the geodes class!

Geode - Youngster

  • Reserve your spot

    Payment is to be made at the door on the day of the event!

Geode Rockin’ Afternoon, Youngster’s Edition (ages 7-14 years)

When: Sunday, May 12th 2:15pm – 3:00pm
Price*: $20 for the first geode, $10 for each additional geode. Includes geode, tools and materials, and a surprise geology-related gift!
*Price per participating person; visitors who are not cracking a geode are welcome to attend for free.
Location: Bushy Hill Nature Center Classroom

Elementary/Middle School aged students (grades 2-8 advised) are invited to join Ron Nemeth when he brings a collection of Las Choyas Coconut Geodes and Trancas Geodes for participants to crack open and discover the treasure each holds inside. Learn how these beautiful rocks and crystals formed millions of years ago and what it takes to harvest them from the Earth’s crust.

BONUS FREE PROGRAM: Come by earlier to meet our resident reptiles from 1:00-2:00 when Ron teaches “Reptiles with Ron” before the geodes class!

Geode Youth - 1Geode Youth - 2

  • Reserve your spot

    Payment is to be made at the door on the day of the event!

Geode Rockin’ Afternoon, Youngster’s Edition (ages 3-6 years)

When: Sunday, June 9th 12:15pm – 12:45pm
Price*: $20 for the first geode, $10 for each additional geode. Includes geode, tools and materials, and a surprise geology-related gift!
*Price per participating person; visitors who are not cracking a geode are welcome to attend for free.
Location: Bushy Hill Nature Center Classroom

Children ages 3-6 are invited to join Ron Nemeth when he brings a collection of Las Choyas Coconut Geodes and Trancas Geodes for participants to crack open and discover the treasure each holds inside. Learn how these beautiful rocks and crystals formed millions of years ago and what it takes to harvest them from the Earth’s crust.

BONUS FREE PROGRAM: Stick around to meet our resident reptiles from 1:00-2:00 when Ron teaches “Reptiles with Ron” after the geodes class!

Geode - Youngster

  • Reserve your spot

    Payment is to be made at the door on the day of the event!

Geode Rockin’ Afternoon, Youngster’s Edition (ages 7-14 years)

When: Sunday, June 9th 2:15pm – 3:00pm
Price*: $20 for the first geode, $10 for each additional geode. Includes geode, tools and materials, and a surprise geology-related gift!
*Price per participating person; visitors who are not cracking a geode are welcome to attend for free.
Location: Bushy Hill Nature Center Classroom

Elementary/Middle School aged students (grades 2-8 advised) are invited to join Ron Nemeth when he brings a collection of Las Choyas Coconut Geodes and Trancas Geodes for participants to crack open and discover the treasure each holds inside. Learn how these beautiful rocks and crystals formed millions of years ago and what it takes to harvest them from the Earth’s crust.

BONUS FREE PROGRAM: Come by earlier to meet our resident reptiles from 1:00-2:00 when Ron teaches “Reptiles with Ron” before the geodes class!

Geode Youth - 1Geode Youth - 2


  • Reserve your spot

    Payment is to be made at the door on the day of the event!