Example of a fluorite sample that can be found at Small Fry Prospect. Courtesy/PEEC
Each time Patrick Rowe leads a trip for the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), it fills up with a waiting list. On May 17, he will lead an outing that’s new for PEEC, this time to the Small Fry Prospect near Espanola to look for fluorescent deep purple fluorite samples.
The group will meet at PEEC at 8:30 a.m. to caravan, or it also is possible to meet at the site at 10 a.m. This trip is suitable for all ages, and the chance of finding samples makes it a great outing for kids as well as adults.
According to Rowe, some of the fluorite he expects to find at the site is clear with a beautiful fluorescent iron patina, and other fluorite specimens could be covered with small but very gemmy Barite crystals. Quartz and agate specimens are also abundant in the area.
The suggested donation is $10 or $8 for PEEC members per person, or $20 or $16 for PEEC members per family, regardless of how many go. Advance registration is required, and those interested are advised to register soon, as this is expected to be a popular trip. For more information and to register, visit www.PajaritoEEC.org, email programs@PajaritoEEC.org, or call 505.662.0460.
“We were lucky enough to participate in the trip to Shark Tooth’s Ridge in March,” Kim Hoch said. “It was very educational; Patrick did a fantastic job of relaying the information to the kids in a fun way, and also kept it interesting for the adults. We learned a lot about the area and came home with all sorts of teeth, scales, crystals and shells. I would take my kids on any trip Patrick leads again. It was fabulous!”
Patrick Rowe is an active member of the Los Alamos Geological Society. He regularly leads field trips for the Society, and for PEEC.
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains, and skies. PEEC maintains a nature center, holds regular programs and events, and hosts a number of interest groups from birding to hiking to butterfly watching. PEEC activities are open to everyone; however members receive exclusive benefits such as discounts on programs and merchandise. Annual memberships start at $20. To learn more, visit www.pajaritoeec.org.