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Malaga Tour
Saturday, July 8: 9:00am – 3:00pm 

On this geologic venture we will first visit two locations where gold has been mined within the vicinity of Wenatchee, Washington.  Mining for gold started almost 150 years by the Chinese around 1870 in an area that later became the location of the Gold King/Lovitt Mines.  In 1985 the Cannon Mine opened and operated for about 10 years producing more than one-million ounces of gold and in excess of two-million ounces of silver before closing in 1994 due to lack of mineable reserves.

Several unique geologic features will be observed along the field trip route.  These include Saddle Rock, Owl Sisters, and Stemilt Pinnacles.  All these features are known to have Native American significance.

Imagine a wall of water almost 1,000 feet deep encompassing the Wenatchee valley.  The Ice Age Floods story will be highlighted at several stops along the field trip route.  The enormous Pangborn Bar, thousands of bed-load boulders rolled from distance locations, and the Moses Coulee flood bar are a few of the specific features that will be observed.

Our last stop on the field trip excursion will be at the Malaga Springs Winery.  The site lies at the base of Jump-Off-Joe Ridge high on the hillside south of Malaga, Washington.  An overview of the unique geology and Ice Age Floods story will be explained at this stop best due to the great scenic vistas from this location.  This will be our lunch stop and time will allow wine tasting.

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Free Children’s Art Class: Stained Vases with Pop-up Flowers
Saturday, July 15: 10:00am – 11:00:am

Summer Saturdays at the museum.  These hour long art classes are FREE for children age 4+ and their caregivers to do together.  Only 20 spots are available, so make sure and reserve your spot now!  Come to 1 or all 4. All classes start at 10:00 am and will be taught by local artist, Natalee Aalgaard.

 

Free Children’s Art Class: Paving Stone Hand Prints
Saturday, July 29: 10:00am – 11:00:am

Summer Saturdays at the museum.  These hour long art classes are FREE for children age 4+ and their caregivers to do together.  Only 20 spots are available, so make sure and reserve your spot now!  Come to 1 or all 4. All classes start at 10:00 am and will be taught by local artist, Natalee Aalgaard.

 

Free Children’s Art Class: Little Pets
Saturday, August 5: 10:00am – 11:00:am

Summer Saturdays at the museum.  These hour long art classes are FREE for children age 4+ and their caregivers to do together.  Only 20 spots are available, so make sure and reserve your spot now!  Come to 1 or all 4. All classes start at 10:00 am and will be taught by local artist, Natalee Aalgaard.

 

Wellington Tour
Saturday, Aug. 19: 9:00am to 5:00pm

On March 1, 1910, the deadliest avalanche in North American history swept down the snowy Cascades, burying two trains and killing 96 people. The Wenatchee Valley Museum is offering a guided tour of the Wellington site. The tour also will visit four other sites between Leavenworth and Stevens Pass that played important roles in the history of the Great Northern Railway Company.

Historian and museum curator Melanie Wachholder of Wenatchee will lead the tour. Tour goers will meet at the Wenatchee Valley Museum at 9 a.m. to hear an overview of GNR history, view photos and artifacts from the Wellington Disaster, and board a tour bus. The bus will then will travel west on U.S. Highway 2, stopping for discussion at several points of interest. The final stop will be the interpretive site at Wellington, where participants will have lunch and take a half-mile walk around the area of the disaster. Those who wish may take a longer hike along the Iron Goat Trail.
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Free Children’s Art Class: Jar Aquariums
Saturday, August 26: 10:00am – 11:00:am

Summer Saturdays at the museum.  These hour long art classes are FREE for children age 4+ and their caregivers to do together.  Only 20 spots are available, so make sure and reserve your spot now!  Come to 1 or all 4. All classes start at 10:00 am and will be taught by local artist, Natalee Aalgaard.


The Great Escape Geology Tour

Saturday, September 9: 9:00am to 5:00pm

Ice Age
 Floods using the Grand Coulee and the Upper Crab Creek drainages, filled the Quincy Basin at a rate up to 16.5 million cubic meters of water per second. This tour will examine the incredible erosive consequences of the floodwaters escaping the Quincy Basin, via Lynch, Potholes and Frenchman Springs Coulees. In addition, we examine the eight mile wide Drumheller Channels, through which most of the Quincy Basin floodwaters drained largely down the Lower Crab Creek drainage, toward the Columbia River at Beverly, Washington.  Reserve your place now!

 

Fire and Ice Geology Tour
Saturday, October 14:
9:00am to 5:00pm

Tour shows you the site of the largest landslide to have occurred in the country. You will learn to read and thereby understand the features of the basalt cliffs. Once upon the Waterville Plateau, you will see evidence of the continental ice sheet that once covered this area: Withrow Terminal Moraine, Kames, Eskars, Drumlins an Kettles. See the Grand Terrace At Brewster and the source of the Glacial Erratics that cover so much of the Waterville Plateau. Finally, we will see the volcanic feeder dikes at pine canyon.  Grab some tickets now!