Last year, I had announced that geologist/paleontologist Ray Garton was
willing to offer workshops in fossil preparation and identification to
interested Master Naturalist students. Quite a number of people
indicated interest (23 of you), but Ray needed to purchase an additional
piece of equipment to accommodate such a large number of people and
funding was tight. The equipment has now been acquired and Ray is ready
to get started. He has a large quantity of dinosaur bones in matrix, a
750,000 year old West Virginia peccary and other fossils that needs to
be prepared and he is eager to train people to work with the equipment.
Some of the bones and fossils will go to research and others may be
exhibited at the WV Geological & Economic Survey Museum where Ray is
curator. The classes will probably take place on Sundays but there may
be other days available to those interested in additional lessons.
If you are still interested in taking advantage of this opportunity,
please respond to me via email as soon as you can. If you know of other
Master Naturalists or MN students who might also be interested, feel
free to forward this email to them. You should be able to get elective
credit for this and possibly volunteer hours as well.
Jim Van Gundy