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Rockhounder's Dream: Dugway Geodes, Sherry Colored Topaz, Wonderstone

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While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.


These instructors are participating on at least one day of one date of this program.
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Prof. Emily Lamas

A faculty member at Utah Valley University, Emily Lamas has taught courses in geology and Earth sciences for more than 10 years. She has done extensive geological research in the Great Basin area, and is the geology lab manager at Utah Valley University. Emily has taught Road Scholar participants about geology for several years, and trained them in the latest techniques of cataloging and inventorying rock and gem collections.

Shayne Crapo

A lifelong fossil and gemstone enthusiast, Shayne Crapo is the owner of U-Dig Fossils, a rock hounding business in Delta, Utah that has been featured on the Travel Channel as one of the “best places to find cash and treasures.” Shayne is also the co-owner and operator of The Bug House, a wholesaler of fossils, gemstones, geodes and rock hounding supplies to rock shops around the world. He enjoys taking Road Scholar groups to some of the best rock hounding locations in the nation.

Robert Harris

Robert Harris has been collecting gemstones and minerals for his entire life. As one of the original owners of the red beryl mine in Delta, Utah, Robert helped to promote this extremely valuable gemstone around the world as geologists and other experts discovered that the Harris Mine was indeed the only place where red beryl can be found. Red beryl is estimated to be worth 1,000 times more than gold, and is so rare that one crystal is found for every 150,000 diamonds. Robert is the owner of West Desert Collections, a large rock hound wholesaler for rock shops around the world.

Jane Beckwith

As the founder of the Topaz Museum and Education Center, Jane Beckwith has worked for more than 30 years to preserve the history of the Topaz Japanese American Internment Camp in Delta, Utah. In 1982, Jane began a large community research to interview local townspeople who worked at the camp about their experiences and memories. One of 10 relocation camps build during WWII, the Topaz Internment Camp processed 11,212 internees during its three years of operation. Jane’s project opened dialogue and renewed interest about this time in history, and soon she organized a non-profit organization to gather historic accounts and raise money to buy the camp site and construct a museum. Additionally, she was successful in getting the site designated as a National Historic Landmark. Now retired from her distinguished teaching career, Jane serves as president of the board and curator of the museum.

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at no additional cost on this date ...
6 nights of accommodations
17 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
9 Expert-led lectures
16 Field trips
11 Hands-on experiences


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