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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.The children who attended the Geology Rocks program at Ford Nature Center stood in a circle and played a game about rocks on Feb. 4.

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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.The children made sand art with different colored sand and different shaped molds at the Geology Rocks program at Ford Nature Center on Feb. 4.

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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Children used different colored sand to make sand art molds and bracelets during the Geology Rocks program at Ford Nature Center on Feb. 4.

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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Children at the Geology Rocks program at Ford Nature Center on Feb. 4 looked at different types of rocks under a microscope projected onto a large screen.

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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Children at the Geology Rocks program at Ford Nature Center on Feb. 4 looked at and grouped different kinds of rocks.

By ALEXIS BARTOLOMUCCI

abartolomucci@vindy.com

Children studied up on how rocks helped shape the Mahoning Valley during a Geology Rocks program at Ford Nature Center on Feb. 4.

Geology Rocks: Engineering Our Earth was a program that gave children the opportunity to learn about various types of rocks, play games and make a craft to take home. The program started out by children picking out two rocks that were on display. The children sat at two tables and were then asked to use the rocks they picked out and put them into similar groups.

The children then brought up a few rocks to a projector so everyone was able to see the details of the rocks on a larger screen. The children were told what kind of rocks they were looking at and where they could be found.

After the children learned about the different kinds of rocks, they played a game. They stood in a circle and would have to do a special move to show a certain type of rock is formed when the rock name was called aloud.

This activity allowed the children to have fun while learning.

To finish off class, the children made sand art. They could pick from a mini mason jar or a shaped container and a bracelet and fill it with different colored sand to create their own art.

Ford Nature Center hosts a nature program like this once a month to educate children while allowing them to participate in fun and engaging activities.

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